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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

Dufour Yachts, 2020
Dufour 48 Catamaran
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 06/11 to 13/11
4 800 4 320
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 3 times recently
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 06/11 to 13/11
2 300 1 610
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2020
Dufour 460 GL
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 06/11 to 13/11
2 000 1 700
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2018
Dufour 412 Grand Large
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Gennaker
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 06/11 to 13/11
1 600
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 06/11 to 13/11
2 400
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2014
Lagoon 560
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 06/11 to 13/11
12 180 9 135
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat