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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

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria Cruiser 51
Booked 1 time recently
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 06/11 to 13/11
1 800 1 350
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
TV
From 06/11 to 13/11
2 500 1 625
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2018
Bénéteau Sense 51
Booked 2 times recently
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Dishwasher
GPS plotter
Heating
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
Teak
From 06/11 to 13/11
2 480 1 860
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 450 F
Booked 6 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 06/11 to 13/11
4 000 3 100
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2020
Dufour 48 Catamaran
Booked 7 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 06/11 to 13/11
4 800 4 320
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 06/11 to 13/11
2 400
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat