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Day 2: Hydra

Route to the three islands of the Saronic Gulf

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

Beneteau, 2010
Oceanis 50
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 14/08 to 21/08
5 000 4 000
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 14/08 to 21/08
3 950 3 753
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2009
Oceanis 46
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
TV
From 14/08 to 21/08
4 400 3 740
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Moody, 2009
Moody DS 45
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
TV
From 14/08 to 21/08
6 370 5 733
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2013
Bavaria Cruiser 40
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 14/08 to 21/08
3 200 2 560
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2010
Jeanneau 53 (5 cabs)
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Teak
TV
From 14/08 to 21/08
6 160
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat