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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

Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
From 08/10 to 15/10
6 350 4 318
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 38 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 08/10 to 15/10
1 594 1 355
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2013
Oceanis 45 - 4 cab.
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 08/10 to 15/10
2 800 2 394
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 42
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Coffee maker
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 08/10 to 15/10
5 750 4 313
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon-Bénéteau, 2020
Lagoon 50
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 08/10 to 15/10
8 200 7 380
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2022
Lagoon 46 A/C & GEN & WM
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Swimming ladder
From 08/10 to 15/10
6 800 6 120
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat