Due to their proximity to Athens, the Saronic Gulf Islands are easy to get to. This group of small islands extends from the waters just off the Greek capital to the waters off the tail of the Peloponnese. Most of these Greek islands are situated close to the mainland and have a very good infrastructure. Some of the best restaurants in the whole of Greece can be found here. The car-free Saronic Gulf Island of Hydra is definitely different from what people normally expect from a Greek island. No noisy cars or mopeds, as on Hydra most transport services are provided by donkeys. Hydra also has a beautiful historic old town and a few spectacular mansions.
The small green Saronic Gulf Island of Poros is only a few hundred yards off the coast of the Peloponnese and offers some beautiful beaches as well as a romantic capital. The Saronic Gulf Island of Spetses is pervaded by the scent of pine trees, so uniquely aromatic that allegedly some tourists come just for that reason. There are also some of the best Greek taverns on the Saronic Gulf Island of Spetses, e.g. the ‘Akrogiali’ in Kounoupitsa. The Greek islands in the Saronic Gulf are fertile and much greener than their more southerly neighbours, the Cyclades. Due to their size and their excellent transport connections, the Saronic Gulf Islands lend themselves equally well to island hopping.