After exploring the culturally rich treasures of Athens in the hot summer sun, you may be craving an island escape. Luckily, there are several nearby islands within reach from the capital.

The Argo-Saronic Islands

Located southwest of Athens are the Saronic Islands, which include Angistri, Aegena, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra and the peninsula of Methana. They are the perfect place for day-trip or weekend escape from Athens. This group of islands are famous for their beaches and incredible archaeological remains. If you are seeking some peace and tranquility from the hectic sounds of the city, head to the island of Hydra, which is free of cars and bicycles. Aegina is the place to go if you are curious to see more ancient wonders, including the Temple of Aphaia.


Situated Northeast of Athens is the large island of Evia. Due to its close proximity to the capital, Evia is a very popular destination for both Athenians and tourists. The island boasts nearly 50 km of beautiful coastline with lovely beaches and charming seaside restaurants. Evia takes less than an hour to get to by car thanks to the bridges which connect the island to the mainland. Yet, one of the best ways to explore the island on a weekend escape from the bustling city of Athens is to rent your own boat and take a trip around the beautiful waters that surround Evia. 


Kythnos is the perfect starting place for an island hopping adventure or sailing trip in the Cyclades, the picturesque and characteristic region of islands including the popular islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Kythnos is home to a number of charming villages with their distinctive whitewashed houses, historic thermal springs and great beaches. The island is also a popular sailing destination.  

Athens gives you many options for island getaways that are easy to reach by car, ferry or your own private boat. Now the difficult choice is to decide where to go on your next holiday in Greece.