Salamina is much closer to the mainland and is also the largest island in the group. It has some beaches, the ruins of an acropolis, and the Phaneromeni monastery which has notable frescos.
Poros lies a bit further out. Its immaculate beaches slide out of the pine forest. The picturesque Zoodohou Pigis monastery is worth a visit.
Hydra (Idra) is next in line. The island is famous for its maritime tradition, as is Spetses. The Hora is picturesque and beautiful, with high and colourful sea captains mansions lining the waterfront while a stark gray hill rises in the background. Between the mansions are narrow streets with tavernas and shops, where the foreigners gather after they reach the small port of this charming island.
Spetses is furthest from Athens. Charming horse-drawn carriages are the form of travel in style, as cars are not allowed on the cobbled streets. Bougainvilleas overflow the white-washed garden walls that enclose the pebbled yards of the mansions. Antique cannon decoratively guard the scenic harbour, and the dozens of shops and cafes that line the shore. Arresting, green beaches on the back side of the island can be reached by caiques