Originally Posted by alex_sauvage
I don't want to highjack this thread since I enjoy it so much, but I am wondering if early September (let's say first 2-3 weeks) will be a good time to cruise
Saronic Gulf? The crowd should be gone and Meltemi might not blow that hard. Or it's not the case???
As I live by and sail in the Saronic bay (Athens, to be exact)... I'd say that what you are saying about September is true. Indeed it is a great period - not just for this area, but for the rest of Greece, too (not too hot!!!). September can be very lazy and romantic - if you get the usual calms... June's also great - more "summery", everyone is getting worked up for the summer, therefore there's a slight buzz everywhere.
The Meltemi is not the worst enemy of the Saronic bay / islands, altough it can certainly "push" conditions. Generaly speaking, the area is protected by the Attica peninsula and Aegina Island. It feels really safe at any time of the year, since you are practically inshore throughout.
Lately, due to the financial situation, sea traffic is really low and the ports
are less crowded, so I'd consider this coming summer a great destination
(prices have dropped, too).
IMHO Aegina and Poros are all time favourites, year-round. We're going sailing tommorrow in the Bay - it's gonna be sunny at 16 degrees C with a southerly breeze (10-15 knots)...