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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, 2007
Sun Odyssey 36i
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 430 1 001
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 50 (5 cabs) Skippered
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Dishwasher
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Stand up paddle
From 03/10 to 10/10
8 050 5 233
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
TV
From 03/10 to 10/10
2 600 2 028
for 1 week, bareboat
Ocean Star, 2007
Ocean Star 56.1
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Spinnaker
Teak
TV
From 03/10 to 10/10
5 300 3 445
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 450 F
Booked 5 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 03/10 to 10/10
5 600 5 040
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 40
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Dinghy
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Teak
From 03/10 to 10/10
4 550 3 026
for 1 week, bareboat