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Hydra
37°20.048'N, 023°27.987'E Chart icon.png
lat=37.33413 | lon=23.46645 | zoom=11 | y
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Chart of Hydra and its region

Hydra or Idhra (Ύδρα) is a very popular and picturesque island on the NW of Peloponnese.

Charts

BA
1031 Yerakas to Kea
Imray-Tetra
G14 Saronic and Argolic Gulfs
NIMA
54340 Nisos Spetsai - N. Vorioi Sporadhes
Greek
415 Ydra to Sikinos

Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Passages

Islands

Chart of Dokos

Dokos

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Island icon Dokos [[Hydra#Dokos|Dokos]] (Δοκός) 37°20.5′N, 23°20′E

The isolated island of Dokos or Dhokos has several anchorages. During the day, especially in the weekends, there are many boats here but in the evening it is very quiet. There is only one family on the island who runs a rather indifferent but expensive restaurant. They do monitor VHF channel 16.

The NE cove is fairly deep, about 20 m, and hard to anchor. Here an ancient shipwreck has been found and explored. While snorkeling, however, I have not been able to see anything. The other anchoring opportunities, 3-6 m are easier although holding is not always good.
The anchorage in Dokos

Communication

  • Coast Guard - Channel 12

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

The approaches to Hydra present no problems other then the heavy and at times chaotic traffic to and from the harbor to the mainland.

Berthing

Ports

Chart of Hydra harbor

Hydra Harbor

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Harbour icon Hydra Harbor [[Hydra#Hydra Harbor|Hydra Harbor]] (Ύδρα) 37°21.11′N, 23°27.96′E

The harbor of Hydra is always very crowded in high season and is best avoided at that time. Early spring is the best time to visit, when it is usually possible to moor either on the south quay or the inside of the north breakwater (where, however, it shallows as you go further in). In peak season, it is not unusual for boats to be moored three deep on the quay.

Crossed anchors is the least of the problems here. A bad swell develops with strong N-NW winds. It is better to anchor in near-by Mandraki or Vikhos.

Warning: There are several rocks near the N breakwater.

One time I was moored here a fishing caïque, returning in the middle of the night, untied my stern lines and my boat was nearly damaged. --Istioploos
The Harbor of Hydra
Hydra harbor

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Chart of Mandraki

Mandraki

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Anchorage icon Mandraki [[Hydra#Mandraki|Mandraki]] (Μανδράκι) 37°21.33′N, 23°28.9′E

Mardraki is an attractive anchorage less than a mile E of Hydra Harbor. It is exposed, however, to the N. Anchor in 3-6 m over sand, weed, and mud. There is a water taxi service to the harbor. Popular with flotillas who raft up with lines ashore.

Warning: The water taxis create a strong wake as the zoom by.
Mandraki bay
Mandraki bay

Vikhos

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Anchorage icon Vikhos [[Hydra#Vikhos|Vikhos]] 37°19.92′N, 23°25.7′E

Anchor in front of the hamlet. The anchorage is exposed, however, to the N. Anchor in 3-6 m over sand, weed, and mud. There is a water taxi service to the harbor.

Warning: The water taxis create a strong wake as the zoom by.

Molos

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Anchorage icon Molos [[Hydra#Molos|Molos]] (Μόλος) 37°19.6′N, 23°24.75′E
Molos (Μόλος) just a few miles W of Hydra Harbor is a good alternative anchorage. Other than a few luxurious properties the cove is isolated. Anchor in 3-5 m, good holding.
Molos, the approach
Molos from the west hills
Molos, the anchorage

Bitsi

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Anchorage icon Bitsi [[Hydra#Bitsi|Bitsi]] 37°17.86′N, 23°22′E
This is a deep bay under Cape Bitsi on the SW of Hydra.

Ayios Nikolaos

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Anchorage icon Ayios Nikolaos [[Hydra#Ayios Nikolaos|Ayios Nikolaos]] 37°17.908'N, 023°23.592'E
This cove, off the island of Ayios Nikolaos on the SW of Hydra is reputed to be very attractive.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Hydra Harbor: on the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry ?
Garbage There are bins around the harbors and in several anchorages
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Only fishing materials
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet In Internet cafés
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

Hydra Harbor/wiki/Hydra#.5B.5B.23Hydra_Harbor.7CHydra_Harbor.5D.5DProvisions icon Hydra Harbor [[Hydra#Hydra Harbor|Hydra Harbor]] Several stores.

Eating out

Good food.
Good food.
There is a restaurant here (VHF channel 16) but the food is mediocre and the prices very inflated.

Transportation

  • There are daily, and in the summer several per day, hydrofoils and ferries to Athens
  • Water taxis run between Ermioni and several places in Hydra

Tourism

History

Hydra as well as with Spetses and Psara were the most important Greek sea powers during the 1821 revolution which resulted in Greece's independence from the Ottoman rule. Hydra not only had the largest fleet of sailing vessels but was the home of Admiral Miaoulis and many other important captains.

Hydra is a barren island and in antiquity was not very important. It was purchased in the 6th century BC by the famous Tyrant of Samos, Polykcrates but was not settled until the 15th century AD when Greek and Albanians fleeing the tyranny of Ali Pasha of Epirus moved in the island. Since there were hardly any resources for significant cultivation, they turned to the sea for trade, smuggling and piracy. By the 18th century the island had a fleet of 150 vessels and a wealthy population of 25,000. During the war of independence they were so successful that Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt called Hydra "Little England."

After the revolution, with the establishment of the Greek state, piracy was suppressed. This combined with the advent of steamships resulted in a decline of Hydra. Its inhabitants turned to sea again mostly sponge fishing but again the combination of a sponge disease and declining markets further depressed the island's economy. In the 1950's Hydra was the location of the film Boy on a Dolphin with Sofia Loren. Following this film the island was "discovered" and an artist colony was established spearheaded by the very successful Greek painter Hadjikyriakos Ghikas. Artists flocked here from all over the world and bought houses and Hydra became as famous as St. Tropez and Portofino. There are no roads and no cars in Hydra and that has saved the island. Despite its fame, it is still a very attractive place.

Places to Visit

Hydra waterfront

The town of Hydra is very picturesque and there no cars. The Nautical Museum is interesting with many exhibits relating to the island.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Greece.

Comments

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