Salamina

Salamina is the largest island in the Saronic Gulf and the closest to Athens. For this reason, it is famous for day trips from Athens. Indeed it has a rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, combined with monasteries and churches. Although some areas are non-touristy, you will find a lovely beach and cozy taverna.

Saronic Gulf - part of Salamina island adventure
Saronic Gulf. Photo by Alexander Grishin on Pixabay.

The island is known for the Battle of Salamis and many famous men such as the Homeric hero Ajax and the poet Angelos Sikelianos.

Places to see:

  • The historic Agios Nikolaos Lemonion Monastery from the 17th century.
  • The Museum of Folk Art and History and the Public Library are located on the New Town Hall grounds.
  • The Tomb of Georgios Karaiskakis, one of the heroes from the Greek War of Independence.
  • The Church of Panayia Eleftherotria on Patris Hill.
  • The Euripideio Theatre, on Patris Hill.
  • The two windmills from the 18th century on the Agios Nikolas hill.
  • The Cave of Euripides is close to Peristeria bay.
  • The Museum of History and Folk Art provides a look into the island’s past, as well as the everyday life of its inhabitants. The museum is housed in the new city hall and the Salamina Municipal Library.
  • The Burial Mound of the Fallen at Salamina at Kynosoura.
  • The stone lighthouse on the Lykopoulo promontory.
  • The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Lemonion (17th century) and the Chapel of Agios Ioannis Kalyvitis (10th century). You’ll find both buildings amid a pine forest south of the island.

Things to do:

  • Go to the beach. The beaches are lovely with clear turquoise water. Try Kolones, Peristeria, Iliataki, Vasilika, Zefyros, Spithari, The Ajax Club, Kanakia, or Nato beaches.
  • Dine. Since the island is so close to Athens, you’ll enjoy the best meats, seafood, and produce. Some restaurants to visit include Street Souvlaki, Kaikas, and Boukourimiza.
  • Hike, walk, or jog. The Forest of Faneromeni, in northwest Salamina, is ideal for jogging and hiking.
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding

Climate:

The best time to visit Salamina is from May through October. During this time, the temperature is warm, and there’s not much rainfall. The highest average temperature is 31°C in July, and the lowest is 12°C in January. The water temperature ranges between 16°C and 28°C.

Gastronomy:

Traditional cuisine in Salamina highlights fresh fish and seafood, including grilled octopus, mussels, and fried shrimp with feta. The island also offers outstanding meat dishes, including roast lamb, pork, and coq-au-vin. Try traditional specialties such as delicious custard-filled filo pastry (galaktoboureko), squash pie, and carrot pie when you’re at a local restaurant.

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