The Saronic Gulf is one of the most known gulfs from Greek antiquity. The name comes from the ancient king Troizinas of Saronas. Saronas was a good hunter and one day when he was hunting a doe, which fell into the sea to save itself, he continued to hunt the doe by swimming in the sea. Without realizing it, he removed himself far from the coast, got tired and eventually drowned. Since then, the gulf was named Saronic Gulf.

The maximum depth of the bay is 416 meters west of the volcano Methanon.

The Saronic islands belong to the prefecture of Piraeus and are scattered between the prefecture of Attiki and the eastern side of the Peloponnese. They consist of Agistri, Egina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra, Kythira and Antikythira. The islands have much to offer: natural beauty, clean beaches and even small islands.

On the shores historical cities such as Athens, Piraeus, Sounio and Egina developed into famous places.

Together with the Gulf of Argolida they form administratively and geographically the district Argosaronikos. The Saronic Gulf is of particular importance for the maritime transport but also because it connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea through the Isthmus of Corinth.



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