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The Gulf of Argosaronikos contains a cluster of small islands that can be fast and easily reached by hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus. Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina, Agistri and Salamina, the largest of the Argosaronikos islands share many common features such as beautiful beaches, picturesque coastline villages, winding cobblestone streets, romantic sunsets and exciting nightlife; however, each one of them has managed to maintain its own special charm and character.
Hydra clings to its own tranquillity and slow pace. The island’s over 200-years-old, well preserved, stately mansions give testimony to its rich and glamorous past. There are also many churches and monasteries well worth the walk up the island’s winding cobblestone paths.
Spetses lures thousands of visitors today with the distinctive architecture of its stately mansions, picturesque Byzantine churches, cobblestone alleys, its enchanting pine-rimmed coves, golden sandy beaches and magnificent scenery.
Poros has its share of churches and monasteries. Its proximity to Piraeus, its small shaded, calm beaches and lush vegetation, have made Poros a favourite base with travellers who want to enjoy Athens sightseeing without having to put up with the hustle and bustle of the busy Greek capital.
In addition to antiquities and ruins, the island has many sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages back-dropped by a beautiful varied landscape. There is daily and frequent transportation to and from the port of Piraeus by ferryboat and hydrofoil.
Ideal for enjoying nature, solitude and relaxing pursuits, this pine-covered island has four small settlements, each with a sprinkling of tavernas serving excellent local delicacies, a few shops and small hotels.
The largest of the Argosaronikos group, Salamina bloomed during the Byzantine era to be later threatened by Venetian conquerors and pirates. There is a large number of colourful restaurants on the island serving fish and local delicacies.
At the foot of the Peloponnese, is a refuge of untainted natural beauty featuring astonishing deserted beaches and traditional life.
A tiny island at 18 miles north of Crete, is popular with holidayers that seek serenity, privacy and a true escapade into the basic joys of life.
A picturesque volcanic resort-peninsula on the eastern board of Peloponnese, is popular for its mineral springs, outstanding mild climate and good hospitality infrastructure.
On the continent southwest of Athens, is the mythical birthplace of the hero Thesseus, complete with an ancient acropolis, a Frankish tower, the remains of an ancient palace and Byzantine chapels.