Saronic Gulf & Peloponnese
We sail south and pass along Aegina, towards the green island of Poros, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow straight. The town is attractive with its neo-classical architecture, and the large protected bay one the most beautiful in Greece.
After a stop at the deserted island of Dokos for lunch and swimming, we head on to Spetses, covered with pine trees. With its neighbor island Hydra, Spetses was the first island to revolt against the Turks in 1821 and engage her fleet into the independence war. The mix of the old narrow streets with the beautiful 18th and 19th century shipowners’ mansions makes Spetses a wonderful place to walk and wander around.
Sailing east towards the beautiful coast of the Peloponnese to Leonidio Plaka, a charming quiet village with lovely sandy beaches, or to Astros. A walk up to the castle offers a great view over the Argolic gulf.
Hydra is one of the most beautiful and attractive Greek harbors, with its many stately former shipowners’ houses. Hydra became a fashionable place in the 60’s, attracting many artists among which the famous songwriter Leonard Cohen.
The traditional fishing village of Perdika is there to greet us. The town is a busy little place but very pleasant and homely. It is the first place in Greece where the Greek flag was raised at the end of the war of Independence. The single Doric column on Cape Colonna nearby is all that remains of the Temple of Aphaia (Aphrodite) that stood there.
For the last time (this cruise!) we raise our sails. A tip for the evening is a visit to Plaka in Athens, the oldest neighborhood under the Acropolis.
Today you have to say goodbye to Nova and your captain…. and start planning your next cruise onboard!