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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

Catana, 2019
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CD/DVD
Electric winches
GPS plotter
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Solar panels
Sprayhood
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(Greece)
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Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
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4 600 4 140
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Jeanneau, 2005
Sun Odyssey 45
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(Greece)
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Bathing platform
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Bow thruster
CD/DVD
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Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
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Outside speakers
Refrigerator
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Bavaria, 2013
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(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Microwave
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
TV
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3 500 2 450
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2010
Oceanis 50
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Dinghy
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 25/07 to 01/08
4 500 3 848
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 45
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
TV
From 25/07 to 01/08
4 100 2 460
for 1 week, bareboat