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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, 2020
Oceanis 46.1 (5 cab)
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
4 100 3 485
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2014
Oceanis 48
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
4 524 3 438
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2015
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
3 450 2 933
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 29/05 to 05/06
5 270 4 480
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria Cruiser 46
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
3 274 2 947
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Cranchi, 2008
Cranchi Atlantique 50
Booked 4 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Swimming ladder
Teak
TV
From 29/05 to 05/06
11 900 10 710
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat