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Day 5: Milos - Hydra

Route from Athens to the Cycladic Islands

Hydra

No connection here between the island’s name and the mythological goddess, but rather, deriving from the Greek word Ύδρα meaning “water.” Historically living up to its name, it used to be a site for plentiful fresh-water springs which would later facilitate naval glory, Hydra’s golden age began in the 15th century, when the population of the neighbouring Peloponnese began fleeing the islands from the advancing Turkish invasion. The rocky local terrain was difficult for growing crops, so the inhabitants were forced to turn to the sea. Gradually, the talented fisherman began distinguishing themselves as outstanding mariners and the island wound up giving Greece dozens of admirals and fleet commanders.

But Hydra’s cultural life was not to be outdone. Despite its relatively small size, the island counts roughly 300 churches, six ancient monasteries, numerous captains’ houses turned museums, and a handful of monuments to prominent local figures and milestone events. The Greeks decided that the locally shot film, Boy on a Dolphin (1957), was one such milestone event. It dramatically enhanced the locality’s tourist attraction, making Hydra a high-end resort for international celebrities. The monument to the film was erected on the island in 2006.

Recommended boats for this region

Jeanneau, 2011
Sun Odyssey 439
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 004 2 253
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 5 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 050
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 48
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
4 000 3 400
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 450 Flybridge
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter in cockpit
Heating
Inverter
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
7 000 5 950
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2010
Sun Odyssey 42i
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 29/05 to 05/06
2 381 2 024
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Fountaine Pajot, 2013
Helia 44
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
Hot water
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
From 29/05 to 05/06
6 270 5 016
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat