Lavrio: The location of this small town in the easternmost region of Attica, allows choosing between two alternative routes, depending on the weather: Central Aegean (Kithnos, Syros, Mykonos…) or the one we are offering here, sailing around the Northeast of the Peloponnese.
Lavrio quay, every facility close at hand.
Stay the night away from the rather noisy harbour, sailing to the nearby anchorage in Cape Sounion, just six miles away.
Poseidon’s temple powers over the anchorage
A beautiful spacious spot and a meeting point for the ships plying between Athens and the Aegean. There are several restaurants on the beach.
Set out early to reach Dokos desert island –a good 25 miles away between Hydra and Ermioni-, in time to have lunch and enjoy a swim.
Sail in the evening to Ermioni (inner and outer harbour). We like the outer harbour, with its long capacious quay, better than the inner one, although the latter is more sheltered. In either of them you’ll find everything you may need. If you look for lively nightlife, the outer harbour is your place.
Ermioni. Aerial view
Neither harbour has guide lines, so you have to drop anchor three lengths offshore. If you need water, ask at any of the restaurants on the quay. In the inner harbour there is a restaurant, GNOSSIS, owned by a Spanish lady called Marien, married to a Greek.
From Ermioni to Agios Nikolaos beach, in the south of Hydra. Lunch on board. There is a beach bar, but it only serves drinks. Sail in the afternoon to Baltiza, in Spetses -an often crowded, but beautiful place-, or Porto Helli.
Porto Helli offers a vast sheltered anchorage, but also plenty of quays to moor and land.
Should you choose to moor the boat, my advice is that you head for the quay that starts on the port side as you go in. It’s large and convenient, with good restaurants just at its the end.
You can find all sorts of supplies along the quay. If you need water, there is a tanker truck coming every morning that can fill you tanks for a small amount of money.
From Porto Helli to Nafplio.
The entrance to Napflio's bay
The town of Nafplio is of Venetian origin and it was the capital of Greece when the country regained independence after Turkish domination. It’s a beautiful town, undoubtedly worth a visit.
The Venetian fortress at the entrance of Nafplio harbour.
On the way, Romvi island is a good place to have lunch an a good swim.
Wednesday. From Nafplio to northwestern Spetses (Zogheria - Agios Georgios) for lunch. We start our return heading for a charming quiet beach in the northwest of Spetses island.
Zogerya beach, NE of Spetses
Lunch and a swim before resuming your way to Hydra.
If you can’t find a place in the harbour, the alternative is the Mandraki anchorage, about a mile to the northwest.
Mandraki, a good anchorage
Here you can call a sea taxi (+0030 22980 53690) that will carry 8 people to the harbour for 20 EUR.
Thursday: From Hydra/Mandraki to Poros.
Anchoring before in a secluded cave for lunch and swim in the island of Poros.
From Poros to Lavrio/Alimos/Agios Kosmas, stopping on the way in Sounion/Aegina for a last swim. Arrival in base port at about 18:00.
June 2017 update:
Greek ports have begun to collect berths, something that seldom happened until now. But the rates are very low compared to any other area of the Mediterranean: a 54 feet pays 6.30 EUR for a day of berth, perfectly bearable. And the ports still do not communicate by radio and it is not necessary to request mooring; enters the port and moors where you see a gap. Nor do you need to go to the port office, come to your stern to collect the fee.
If sailing to Napflio involves too much effort, an alternative is to cross the Argolic Gulf and visit Plaka (Leonidio), the beach of Fokianos and Kiparissi.
Plaka harbour, at Leonidio