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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, 2009
Oceanis 43
Port of Lefkada, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 600 1 200
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 490
Booked 2 times recently
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 10/10 to 17/10
3 790 2 843
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2014
Sun Odyssey 379
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 682 1 262
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2013
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Dinghy
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Safety net
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 250 3 188
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 900 3 120
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42 A/C & GEN
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
5 000 3 750
for 1 week, bareboat