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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

Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 40
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 900 2 925
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Heating
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 625 1 316
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2008
Cyclades 43.4
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 800 1 484
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria 56 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 163 3 122
for 1 week, bareboat
Catana, 2016
Bali 4.0
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 900 2 925
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 380 S2
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 100 2 480
for 1 week, bareboat