Hidden Gems

See stunning Salamis with a boat charter in Greece

By Jenny Wilson
on  October 02, 2015

The Saronic Gulf has many islands to explore and a boat charter in Greece gives you the freedom and flexibility to do just this. Salamis, also known as Salamina after its capital city, is the largest island in the gulf and just a short sail from Athens. While not a destination on many standard tours, it makes a nice stop-off on a tailored route if you want a short hop to start your Greek sailing adventure.

Sailing the islands of Greece - Charter your own boat

Much of the centre of Salamis is mountainous and rocky, resulting in some dramatic scenery. The southern part of the island is less developed and the most picturesque, with plentiful pine forests to wander through. Here you will also find the best selection of beaches, including Kaki Vigla, Faneromeni, Saterli, Kanakia, Selinia and Peristeria. You might also try the beach at Psili Ammos, where you can also find one of the oldest churches on the island.

Salamis is best-known for a battle that took place in the year 480BC, when the Greek admiral Themistocles defeated a fleet sent by the Persian ruler. The ancient port of Ambelakia was the location of this battle and is well worth a look. There are a number of interesting historical sites to see on the island, including a Byzantine temple dating from the 10th century and an 18th century monastery. The frescoes at the monastery of Faneromeni are lovely, while the Cave of Euripides not only contains a number of artefacts but is also where it is believed the writer penned his famous Tragedies.

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