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Day 3: Hydra - Spetses

7 day route to the Saronic Islands

Spetses

This small island at the mouth of the Argolic Gulf was called Pityoussa, the ancient Greek word for “pine.” The Venetians dubbed it, Isola di Spezzie, or “aromatic island.” Both monikers are fair – sprawling pine groves coexist harmoniously with copious herbs, such as thyme and rosemary.

Much like Hydra, Spetses is an island of maritime glory. The local inhabitants took active part in the war for Greek independence. One of the more pivotal moments in that campaign was the Battle of Spetses, and today, the island celebrates the annual Armata festival dedicated to the victory over the Ottoman fleet. To commemorate the event, the locals gather in the harbour to build, and then ceremonially burn, a model of a Turkish ship.

Today, Spetses’ glory rests entirely in its tourist and cultural aspects. In 1965, the English writer John Fowles published his novel, The Magnus, the events of which unfold on the Island of Fraksos, inspired by Spetses. The book’s debut began drawing affluent tourists to the island; this traffic shows no signs of slowing. Even so many years later, Spetses is still viewed as a vacation spot for the elite – the last Greek monarch, Constantine II himself, visited in 2013.

Recommended boats for this region

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 42 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 070 803
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 638 1 229
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2017
Sun Odyssey 419
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 400 1 197
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
2 400 1 800
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2007
Sun Odyssey 36i
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 100 990
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
2 300 1 150
for 1 week, bareboat