Spetses Island is one of the most romantic destinations in all of Greece. Visitors can rent a boat with a local guide to adventure across the hidden bays, golden beaches and secret coves that decorate the island’s beautiful shoreline, where unique wildlife and crystalline water can be admired. Travellers can also take horse-drawn carriages around the historic island defined by a combination of classic Greek culture and modern luxury, exemplified by its glittering collection of 19th century mansions.
Spetses takes pride in its history, too, as the locals host several events throughout the year to celebrate the island’s past. The Armata Festival is the highlight, commemorating Spetses’ integral role in the Greek War of Independence, especially during the Battle of Spetses. This grand observation culminates in a re-enactment of the burning of an Ottoman flagship, symbolising the fight for freedom that led to the establishment of the modern Greek state.
Considered to be the jewel of the Saronic Gulf, Hydra Island is unique for one very compelling reason: there are no motor vehicles on the island. Countless artists, musicians and actors have fallen in love with Hydra, not only for its motor-free appeal, but also because of the island’s marble lanes, glistening beaches and emerald sea that make it a diamond of the Greek islands. To see its splendour for yourself, rent a boat or embark on a voyage of unforgettable discovery to Hydra Island.
A picturesque seaport town situated beneath the towering Palamidi fortress in the Peloponnese, Nafpilo is said to have been founded by Nafpilos, the son of the sea god Poseidon. You can see why the town is said to have a divine origin: Nafpilo is unlike any other place in Greece, thanks to its charming combination of Venetian and Ottoman architecture. The historic town centre, romantic surrounding regions and hidden treasures within make Nafplio the perfect destination for a day trip. Rent a boat to discover this heavenly gem of a town.
Over 3000 years old, Epidaurus is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, famous for its magnificent Ancient Theatre. The theatre is undoubtedly Epidaurus’ most enticing attraction, seating 13,000 to 14,000 people, and renowned for being the most perfect ancient Greek theatre thanks to its acoustics and symmetry. Just a few steps away lies the fabled healing centre of the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, and the surrounding areas are full of sublime natural wonders; breath-taking bays, beaches and blue seas. A day trip to Epidaurus is a must on any excursion in Greece – rent a boat and uncover this ancient treasure.
The castle town of Monemvasia is one of the most visually captivating destinations in Greece, carved into the side of a gigantic rock hundreds of years ago. Once a medieval fortress, Monemvasia still boasts streets lined with ancient walls and Byzantium churches: a remnant of past grandeur. Monemvasia remains an unmissable destination for history enthusiasts, but even those looking for scenic views and hidden beaches can revel in what the town has to offer. Most interestingly, the town’s name ‘Monemvasia’ means ‘single entrance’, highlighting that it was once only possible to access by boat. And though it is now connected to the mainland by a 200m causeway, there’s still no better way to experience the Monemvasia than by renting a boat with an experienced local guide.
Rent a boat and sail to the emerald island of Elafonisos: A natural marvel full of pristine beaches, cloudless skies and the clearest seas. A far cry from the monotony of our familiar cities, the landscapes of Elafonisos look tropical, with light sand encompassing blue-green coves that appear completely unspoiled. Do not miss out on indulging in this remote paradise.
Dokos is one of the smallest, most peaceful islands in Greece, bearing fewer than 50 inhabitants. It is also one of the most beautiful, punctuated with secluded beaches and hidden coves that beckon to be discovered. Head out to this droplet of paradise in a boat and go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, almost as transparent as glass. Only a blissful experience awaits.
Vathi Avlaki Laconia
Vathi Avlaki is a beach like no other. Widely considered to be the most attractive coast in the Eastern Peloponnese, the white-pebble beach shines in contrast to the emerald seas in front and the sea of green hills behind. It’s a truly astonishing sight to behold. And there’s no better way to do it than by renting a boat to explore the full extent of his undisputed wonder of Greece.
Famed for its beautiful port that once attracted pirates from across the region, Ierakas is a small village built along a natural fjord on the south east coast of Laconia. The best way to explore the treasures of Ierakas is to hire a boat and a local guide to show you the hidden secrets on the village. And once you’re there, it’s imperative to explore the picturesque village on foot, through the charming streets lined with artisan stores, cafés, restaurants and taverns serving the freshest fish.
Arkadiko Chorio is an idyllic settlement in the Peloponnese, with rows of colourful houses cradled within a peninsula of lush, green forest. Luxury and tranquillity permeate every centimetre of Arkadiko Chorio. Golden beaches, blue seas and fantastic local restaurants crown the village a necessary visit for adventurers, eager to avoid the overpopulated tourist destinations. To make the most of your trip and truly discover the quieter, calmer side of Greece, hire a boat and explore the coastline of Arkadiko Chorio with a local guide.
The tiny uninhabited islet of Daskalio is, perhaps, the most romantic island in all of Greece. A heart-shaped land mass, Daskalio attracts couples from all over the world looking to get married in the small but beautiful Byzantine church, without anyone else on the island apart from their guests. You’ll need to rent a boat to reach Daskalio, but the trip is truly worthwhile, at any time of the year.