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Day 2: Poros - Hydra

7 day route to the Saronic Islands

Hydra

No connection here between the island’s name and the mythological goddess, but rather, deriving from the Greek word Ύδρα meaning “water.” Historically living up to its name, it used to be a site for plentiful fresh-water springs which would later facilitate naval glory, Hydra’s golden age began in the 15th century, when the population of the neighbouring Peloponnese began fleeing the islands from the advancing Turkish invasion. The rocky local terrain was difficult for growing crops, so the inhabitants were forced to turn to the sea. Gradually, the talented fisherman began distinguishing themselves as outstanding mariners and the island wound up giving Greece dozens of admirals and fleet commanders.

But Hydra’s cultural life was not to be outdone. Despite its relatively small size, the island counts roughly 300 churches, six ancient monasteries, numerous captains’ houses turned museums, and a handful of monuments to prominent local figures and milestone events. The Greeks decided that the locally shot film, Boy on a Dolphin (1957), was one such milestone event. It dramatically enhanced the locality’s tourist attraction, making Hydra a high-end resort for international celebrities. The monument to the film was erected on the island in 2006.

Recommended boats for this region

Beneteau, 2017
Oceanis 41.1
Booked 8 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 200 1 540
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2015
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 100 1 785
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 380 S2
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 100 2 480
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2012
Sun Odyssey 50DS
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Teak
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 730 1 911
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2007
Sun Odyssey 36i
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 400 980
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 40Athens
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 700 3 145
for 1 week, bareboat