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If you are looking to sail in the Cyclades and/or the Saronic, Lavrion is perfectly positioned to explore both sailing grounds. Getting to Lavrion is straightforward – from Athens airport it is around 30 minutes by taxi. The same distance as getting to Athens marina. Lavrion is a quiet town, and has good variety of bars and Restaurants, and local shops make it easy to provision.
Proximity to islands – Kea is the closest island and only 16 NM from Lavrion, so you don’t have to deal with a long passage on your first day of sailing (unless you want to of course!) and the popular Cape Sounion is only 10 minutes by taxi from the base where you can enjoy the famous tourist spot and unforgettable sunset over the Aegean Sea from the ruins.
The meltemi blows from the North and can make for quite challenging sailing in the Cyclades, so starting from Lavrion also means you have the possibility to change your itinerary at the last minute depending on the weather forecast.
Suggested 1 week Cyclades Itinerary:
Day 1 – Lavrion (Mainland)
Lavrion is a quiet town with good variety of bars and local. Many quality taverns, restaurants, cafes and bars are located within walking distance of the marina.
Day 2 – Merichas (Kythnos Island)
Kythnos is an unspoiled and very Greek Island in every aspect. The island is quiet and offers some nice and empty sandy beaches.
Day 3 – Ermoupoli (Syros Island)
The great number of beautiful beaches will delight the sea and sand lovers. Go up the stairs to the top of the hill and through the narrow streets, by the traditional whitewashed houses, the archways and the open spaces with a breathtaking view of the island.
Day 4 – Mykonos (Mykonos Island)
Mykonos is particularly famous for the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the exciting nightlife, the picturesque Cycladic architecture and the magnificent beaches.
Day 5 – Gavrio (Andros Island)
An attractive island with rich history, elegant architecture, green landscape and fabulous beaches.
Day 6 – Vourkari (Kea Island)
Vourkari is a fishing village protected from winds, with plenty of small fishing boats called kaekia, and some sailing boats.
Day 7 – Athens (Lavrion)
There are few cities anywhere that can match the artistic, scientific, and cultural contributions that Athens has made to the modern world.
Suggested 1 week Saronic Itinerary:
7 Day Saronic
DAY 1: Embark at Lavrion Marina.
Take a taxi to Cape Sounion to explore the ruins.
DAY 2: Aegina Town
Traditional harbour with shops, bars and restaurants.
DAY 3: Epidavros
was the health resort of Ancient Athenians. Take a taxi from the main square for the 30 minute trip to see one of the best preserved ancient amphitheatres.
DAY 4: Poros Town
Lively harbour with a long quayside full of bars and taverns.
DAY 5: Hydra
One of the most picturesque harbours in Greece. Discover the traditional restaurants away from the harbour-front. Visit the Sunset bar for stunning views across to Spetses.
DAY 6: Perdika, Aegina
Anchor in the bay and go ashore for an excellent seafood dinner.
DAY 7: Return to Lavrion