Exploring Greece’s Saronic Islands: Salamina



View of Salamina (Source: Α., Τ., Attribution, Wikimedia Commons).

Salamina (or Salami) is the largest island in the Saronic Gulf, the closest one to Athens, and is endowed with impressive natural beauty, a magnificent cultural legacy and unique examples of Byzantine architecture.

More than a summer destination, Salamina offers activities and discovery experiences for all tastes, all year round.

Kanakia beach, Salamina (Source: Maximosp1980 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,).

From an archaeological point of view, significant discoveries brought to light include the Mycenean Acropolis as well as the Sanctuary of Dionysus. On the island, it is also possible to visit the cave where Euripides is supposed to have written several of his plays.

The cave is located close to the Bay of Peristeria and according to archaeologists it is likely that the tragedy Hyppolytus was composed there. In addition, the island was also the theater of the great Battle of Salamina in 480 BC, a battle that put an end to the Persian attempts to conquer Greece.

Mycenaean Acropolis at Kanakia from the 13th century BC (Source: Maximosp1980 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,).

It is possible to pay a visit to the Euripideio Theater on Patris Hill, which was built in 1993 and offers a unique view of the bay where the battle was won.

Some of the most beautiful religious buildings on the island include the Monastery of the Panagia Faneromeni. This complex dates back to the 17th century and is home to important religious paintings and icons. Its feast is celebrated on August the 23rd, and it represents one of the most important local celebrations.

Faneromeni Monastery (Source: Maximosp1980 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0).

While on Salamina, it is also worth paying a visit to the Museum of Folk Art and History. The museum exhibits several objects from the daily life and local history of Salamina. Particularly impressive is the substantial collection of male and female local costumes. The jerkin collection takes the visitors 300 years back in time, helping them reconstruct the past and appreciate the variety as well as the aesthetic perception of the local clothes.

Folklore Museum and Library (Source: Maximosp1980 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,)-

The best beaches of the island can be found on the southern shore. Kanakia, for instance, is a huge pebble beach with crystal-clear waters and a small port. The beach of Peristeria is well known and often chosen by visitors due to the good offer of tavernas and organized beach services in the area. Kaki Vigla is another organized beach worth visiting on the island.

The Stone Lighthouse of Peristeria (Source: Maximosp1980 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,).

The northern beaches of Salamina have clear waters and many of them have sand mixed with pebbles. Vasilika is a popular beach that appeals to young visitors and boasts intense blue waters.

Kaki Vigla Beach (Source: Barba’ s, Attribution, commons.wikimedia).

Every year, the island of Salamina hosts a variety of cultural events. The renowned Salamineia Festival takes place every September and it commemorates the important naval Battle of Salamina.

For more information, visit the official website of the island.