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Saronic Islands awarded as Greece’s premier island destination for 2023

The Saronic Islands of Attica have been distinguished as Greece’s premier island destination for 2023 by the esteemed World Travel Awards.

This honor was announced during an awards ceremony in Batumi, Georgia, where the Saronic Islands triumphed over renowned competitors such as the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Ionian Islands and the Sporades, securing the top position through international public voting.

The significance of this recognition is underscored by the prestige associated with the World Travel Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars” of tourism. Established as a long-standing and globally respected institution, it is recognized as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence in all major sectors of tourism.

The nomination of the Saronic Islands was curated by the Executive Directorate of Tourism of the Region in partnership with the Regional Development Fund of Attica. Their rise to the top of Greek island destinations in 2023 was supported by several key attributes:

  • The authenticity and historical richness of the islands.
  • A wide range of cultural events and festivals.
  • The attractive natural environment, with enchanting coastlines and beaches, and a variety of activities including yachting, island hopping, trekking, wellness, matrimonial and religious tourism, family vacations, and a plethora of sports activities and events for both adults and children.
  • The delicious local cuisine, based on traditional recipes and local products.
  • The quality services provided by tourism professionals at competitive prices.
  • The unique Greek hospitality.
  • The ease of access and proximity to the major urban centers of Athens and Piraeus.

The recognition of the Saronic Islands as the leading island destination for 2023 underscores their appeal and solidifies their status as a top choice for global travelers seeking an unparalleled combination of history, culture, natural beauty and hospitality.

Discover the Enchantment of Athens’ & Attica’s Islands


aegina island


Nestled in the epicenter of the Argo-Saronic Gulf lies Aegina, an island esteemed by locals and international travellers alike. A symphony of cultural richness and natural beauty, Aegina presents itself as an epitome of Grecian allure, offering an escape that is both tranquil and invigorating.


Agistri, a gem amongst the islands, is distinguished by its unique landscape and pristine beaches. For the discerning traveller seeking solitude and an intimate connection with nature, this island emerges as a haven of serenity and unspoiled splendour.


hydra island, white and brown concrete houses under cloudy sky during daytime

On the illustrious island of Hydra, tradition and simplicity intertwine, offering a journey back in time. The preferred modes of transport, donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis, accentuate the island’s commitment to preserving its heritage and environment.

Kythera & Antikythera

A journey toKythera & Antikythera unveils a myriad of experiences waiting to be discovered. From the majestic Medieval Castle to the time-honoured churches, and awe-inspiring natural panoramas, every corner of these islands echoes the richness of their historical and natural endowment.


Poros captivates its visitors with an elegant dance of natural beauty and subtle charm. Each sojourn, regardless of its duration, leaves a lasting impression, evoking a yearning to explore the island’s depths further.


Salamina, the illustrious ground where Greeks claimed a monumental naval victory against the Persian fleet, stands today as the Saronic Gulf’s crowning jewel. A testament to resilience and heroism, it is an experience of historical magnitude and cultural richness.


spetses island greece


The verdant isle of Spetses stands as a testament to Grecian grandeur, offering a retreat that is both idyllic and conveniently accessible from Athens. Each visit promises an experience of refined elegance and natural beauty, emblematic of the Hellenic archipelago’s enduring charm.