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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

Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 440
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(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 06/06 to 13/06
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Jeanneau, 2011
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Jeanneau, 2017
Jeanneau 54
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter in cockpit
Heating
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
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Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
TV
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Catana, 2017
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Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 42
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Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Dinghy
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
Outboard engine
Stand up paddle
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6 000 5 100
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 52 F
Booked 2 times recently
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Dishwasher
Electric toilet
Electric winches
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Heating
Internet connection
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 06/06 to 13/06
14 500 8 700
for 1 week, bareboat