Hidden Gems

Enjoy beautiful Salamina with luxury yacht charter in Greece

By Jenny Wilson
on  August 08, 2016

Salamina is so close to the mainland that many people don’t even think of it as an island; however, this destination is certainly worth the boat trip when you venture on a luxury yacht charter in Greece.

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Despite its proximity to Athens, Salamina feels a world away thanks to its rugged coastline, multitude of secret coves and stunning landscape. Walk through the many shady pine forests or vineyards, or head to the ancient village of Ambelakia.

As such a large island, it is no surprise that Salamina is renowned for its fishing fleet and its distinctive wooden fishing vessels, which are still made by local skilled artisans. It was also the site of the famous naval Battle of Salamis and many interesting relics from this can be seen at the island’s maritime museum. The Folk Art and History Museum is also fascinating for those interested in the crafts of this region.

There are several other notable sights here, including the beautiful Faneromeni monastery. An attractive mixture of Byzantine and Venetian architectural styles, this sanctuary is still inhabited by nuns. Salamina is the birthplace of the poet Euripides and an open-air amphitheatre was built to commemorate this literary genius, which hosts many cultural events throughout the year.

Salamina is also blessed with some lovely beaches, mostly to the south and west. Kanakia, Selinia and Saterli are among the cleanest; however, if you are looking for real seclusion, try the hidden paradise of Kolones. When it comes to sunset, head up the hill at Kanakia for amazing views you will truly treasure.

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