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Saronic Gulf islands
Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aigina…if this is all Greek to you, you might need to review your travel plans. These are the names of a group of islands scattered in the, so called, Saronic Gulf just a stone’s throw away from Athens and the Peloponnese. Because of their proximity to Greece’s capital, which is also where half of the country’s population lives, the Saronic Gulf islands are amongst the most accessible travel destinations from Athens making them the perfect daytrip (and leaving you with no excuse not to visit them). As you might have already guessed, this makes them very popular weekend getaway places for the Athenian crowds in summer. Rest assured though for with the right timing you can enjoy moments of unparalleled tranquility on these small paradises without having to worry about being stomped by other tourists.
ease of reach: easy-peasy
best months: Apr. to Jun. & Sep.
great for: weekend getaway, romance, culture
not so great for: luxury, archaeological sites
budget range: low to medium