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Islands Close to Athens, perfect for a long weekend

Here is a list of Islands situated close to Athens which are indeed  perfect for a long weekend!

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Agistri Island

Agistri is a small island  in the Saronic Gulf,  only 19 nautical miles away from Piraeus and very close to the larger Saronic island of Aegina. Azure waters, pine trees and lush vegetation (where many bird species find refuge) are the main characteristics of this tiny, yet charming, island.

You can spend the night at  Kekrifalia Hotel found at a lovely spot, right by the sea, in the lush green area of Skliri, on Agistri island. It is only a 5 minute walk from Skala village, where most of the fish tavernas are situated.




Poros Island 


The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two hills. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with cosy cafes and tavernas, the town full of grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, is a perfect spot to visit very close to Athens.  Poros is also famous for its beautiful beaches, stretching uninterrupted along the island’s coastline.

You can spend the night at «Sto Roloi Hotel» located right underneath Poros' picturesque landmark, the "Roloi" (meaning "Clock Tower") and only a few stairs above the romantic harbor.





Hydra Island


Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Hydra's unspoiled charm remains intact even though the island can be reached with flying dolphin from the port of Piraeus in only an hour and a half. It is one of the authentic paradises in Greece and has been truly appreciated by world known artists like Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen, who have had houses there for their vacations.   


You can spend the night at ΟRLOF hotel  , a historic house, built in 1796 by Count Orloff of Russia, on the remains of a convent.  Orloff Hotel has since been lovingly restored to a Boutique Hotel





Andros Island

Andros Island is the northernmost island of the Cyclades and can be reached by boat from Rafina Port, close to the "Venizelos" Athenian Airport . Andros is one of the most popular close 
cultural destinations definitely worth a visit thanks to its museums. The globally acknowledged Museum of Modern Art, managed by the Vassilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation holds the most incredible collections. The archaeological museums in Hóra and Paleópolis represent the ancient history of the island with their exhibits. 



You can spend the night at hotel Onar, a true paradise found at the eastern side of the island on the beach of Ahla. 





Kea Island 


Due to its proximity to Athens, Kéa (also called “Tzia”) is an easily accessible beauty with a scenery variety: steep mountains, small fields, olive groves, vineyards, valleys, picturesque coves, exciting hiking trails and off-the-beaten-track beaches. You will reach there by a small ferry from Lavrio port, very close to Athens airport.


You can spend the night at Αegis suites in the village Vourkari. 





 

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