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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

Hanse Yachts, 2017
Hanse 455
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
From 09/07 to 16/07
4 730 3 548
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Elan Marine, 2015
Elan Impression 50
Booked 6 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 09/07 to 16/07
5 300 3 975
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2019
Oceanis 46.1
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 09/07 to 16/07
5 400 4 050
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2015
Sun Odyssey 469
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 09/07 to 16/07
4 620 3 465
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2020
Hanse 508
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
GPS plotter in cockpit
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 09/07 to 16/07
6 400 4 800
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 52 F
Booked 1 time recently
Agios Kosmas (Elliniko), Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Dishwasher
Electric winches
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 09/07 to 16/07
15 260 13 734
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat