Taking the National Road 91 as it winds north towards Athens, the high-ridge barren rock of Patroklou Island soon comes into view. It gets its name from a 3rd-century Greek naval commander, Patroklos, who made camp here while trying to relieve the siege of Athens.There are no official trips to Patroklou but in the summer months a fisherman called Costas often takes people over in his boat from Haraka beach. This deserted island is ideal for snorkelling and secluded sunbathing.Islands dot this section of the Athens Riviera just as they do the whole of the Aegean Sea. Opposite Anavyssos’ marina, the small deserted island of St Nicholas has reconnected to the mainland via a sandy causeway. It is wooded on its crest and watched over by the centuries-old stone church of St Nicholas, no bigger than a fisherman’s shed. Sunset weddings are popular here in the summer.