Hydra Dokos Island

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Location: Dokos island

Dokos is a very small island in the Saronic Gulf, between Hydra, Spetses, and the coastal area of Ermioni in the Peloponnese! The island’s landscape is rocky and mountainous, while its highest peak is at 308 meters! Dokos does not have many water reserves, while its soil is also infertile. It is estimated that roughly 18 permanent inhabitants live in Dokos (given the 2011 population metrics), most of which are occupied with agriculture work and fishing!
The island has no form of tourist infrastructure, though it is known to be a prime destination among nature lovers, hikers, and free campers! Additionally, the shores of Dokos are small and clean, while its barren landscape is ideal for camping purposes!

Numerous archaeological findings suggest that Dokos was a vital port during ancient times! After plenty of excavations, it was discovered that Dokos (also once known as Aperopia) was possibly first inhabited in the 5th millennium B.C., while the island flourished during the 3rd millennium B.C. Given some old castle ruins, it is safe to assume that Dokos had a strong strategic position in Byzantine times and was frequently used to observe the ships traveling through the Saronic Gulf!

In the summer of 1975, revered underwater researcher Peter Throckmorton and archaeologist Giorgos Papathanasopoulos discovered an ancient shipwreck in the sea bottom close to Dokos Island! This shipwreck full of ceramic vases is officially the oldest one worldwide, with experts dating its origins around 2700-2100 B.C.
Nowadays, the shipwreck’s findings are preserved in the Museum of Spetses.

In addition, Dokos boasts a lighthouse dating from 1923, which can be spotted on its eastern side! A 9-meter-tall structure, this lighthouse resembles a round tower while offering a focal plane of 23 meters!

Visitors can reach the island of Dokos by taking a water taxi from Hydra, Ermioni, or Spetses!



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