The Peloponnese is always an adventurous and romantic destination to go – rocks, seas, sunsets, the feeling of the unknown, the scarcity of boats going there and the magic feeling when you see Monemvasia from the distance, the rough feeling when you see Kavos Malias and the adventures that lie ahead every day……this is Peloponnese!
Big boat this time. Our huge power plant Mercruiser Mag350 is ready for action! Michael lowers the unit into the sea at Sounio bay. The engine starts with the sweet v8 rattle sound and warms up. GPS sets towards the west. Sun is shining. Sea state is calm. The bow shows the west. We are ready. Our Sea Ray picks up RPM and we cruise away of Athens coastline, into the west! Bon voyage!
A calm ride on the Sea Ray, 35 miles on the morning sea and mooring for breakfast. Setting sail to Aponisos bay for lunch and plans for the day!
Michael sets sail towards the west, bow showing the village of Kyparissi which is located 70 miles away from Agistri, through the Argosaronicos islands, a 3 and a half hours away into the Mirtoon Pelagus sea east of Lakonia.
On the early afternoon, the trip starts from Agistri, along the coast of Methana and along the coast of Poros. We pass through the islet of Modi, and through Tselevinia go cruise along Hydra island towards the west. The afternoon breeze gives us a few bumps on the Sea Ray but the big bow continues smoothly. We pass through Spetses and Stavros Niarchos private island Spetsopoula. A few more miles west and we see Lakonia huge mountain range – setting sail south along the coastline and mooring in small, beautiful, one of a kind Kyparissi!
Night in Kyparissi is unique, it is romantic. It is rare to find such calm weather in this part of the Aegean, with very few boats around and the Lakonic mountains above you like big shadows. Night falls and stars here are brighter than ever.
A few more miles south of Kyparissi (15 miles south), the Sea Ray finds the hidden entrance to the fjord of Gerakas! Here, the rocks and the sea make a unique formation into a natural fjord, and sailors admire a fantastic entrance environment into a calm fishing village, one of a kind!
16 more miles south and we arrive at Monemvasia! Beautiful Monvemvasia for the night. The walks into the rocky castle here transfer you into another era, with fairy tales, magic, pirates and myths. Stay here for as long as you can. Walk the streets of the rock! Magic lives here. Michael moors the Sea Ray into the south port of Movemvasia, which access to the village and the rock on foot. Magic night ahead.
Days and nights in Monemvasia, you don’t get enough. But we have to start our journey back home. We choose a night run back to make the most of the September calm seas. The Sea Ray is refueled and ready for the 85 mile trip back to Sounio. We started under bright stars and into Mirtoon sea, and in the morning we enjoyed our breakfast in Hydra, and a quick sail back to Athens to start our day.
They say, sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy!