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Day 1: Athens – Hydra

Route to the three islands of the Saronic Gulf

Athens is a wonderful place to start your trip over Greece. On the first day, you’ll have an opportunity to see the best-known sights of the city, but arrival at the marina will be the main event. Be sure to discuss the route with the manager and check the weather forecast.

Athens

Athens is consistently ranked as one of the top must-see cities of the world. Capital of Greece, birthplace of democracy, open-air museum, cradle of ancient culture – the city has no shortage of titles and admiring epithets. Thousands of years of history have made their mark on the architectural look of the city, making it a place of truly unique beauty.

While all of Athens’ districts are inviting, visitors head straight for the Acropolis to see with their own eyes the Parthenon, the Erechtheion with its famous Caryatid sculptures, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Theater of Dionysus. An exhaustive exposition is offered by the city’s many museums: the National Archeological, the Byzantine, the Theatrical, the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Cycladic Art, and others. The second-most popular tourist draw is the colourful district of Plaka. Its ancient buildings have been transformed into souvenir stalls, cafes, bars and restaurants. Getting lost in the maze of Plaka’s streets is easy to do, so it’s best to regain your bearings by looking at the Wind Tower, and to stop by the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate.

Arriving in Athens, yachtsmen can’t help but visit Piraeus – the third-largest city in Greece and the country’s biggest port. Although the locals don’t consider themselves Athenians, Piraeus is actually part of the capital, since it’s impossible to precisely delineate the boundary separating the two cities. Here, the bustle of harbour life blends seamlessly with official museums, archaeological landmarks, and even international film festivals.

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

Catana, 2016
Bali 4.0
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 900 2 925
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2018
Lagoon 380 S2
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 100 2 480
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2019
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Booked 5 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 000 2 550
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2012
Lagoon 400
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Gaming console
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Teak
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 500 2 450
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 40Athens
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 700 3 145
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria Cruiser 56
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
Teak
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 850 3 003
for 1 week, bareboat