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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, 2015
Bavaria 46 Cruiser I
Booked 5 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
Hot water
Inverter
Solar panels
From 28/05 to 04/06
3 900 2 340
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 42
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
Ice maker
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Safety net
From 28/05 to 04/06
6 400 4 480
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 4 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 28/05 to 04/06
3 950 3 160
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2011
Sun Odyssey 439
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 28/05 to 04/06
3 672 2 754
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Fountaine Pajot, 2020
Fountaine Pajot MY 44
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Dinghy
Outboard engine
From 28/05 to 04/06
11 500 10 350
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2015
Lagoon 380
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Swimming ladder
From 28/05 to 04/06
4 000 3 600
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat