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Hydra Island

Hydra is one of the Greek Saronic Gulf Islands, located 65 kilometres south of the mainland port of Piraeus and just 20 kilometres off the Peloponnesian coast. One of the island's most appealing features is its traffic-free tranquility - even bicycles are banned here and the only motorised vehicle you'll come across is the occasional rubbish truck. The horseshoe-shaped harbour is one of the most picturesque in the whole of Greece and provides the gateway to the island's beautiful port town with its imposing stone mansions adorning the rocky hillsides behind the waterfront.

Hollywood put Hydra on the map in the 1960s when the island was used as the location for a number of films including A Boy and a Dolphin starring silver screen siren Sophia Loren. Artists, writers and Bohemian types began arriving here in droves followed by vast numbers of wealthy Athenian weekenders and island-hopping foreigners who transformed the island into one of the most exclusive (and expensive) holiday spots in Greece .

The island is served by daily ferries to and from Piraeus (three and a half hours) and frequent Flying Dolphins which normally go via Poros making a total journey time of one and a half hours.

The whole island has been declared a national monument and comes under the protection of both the Greek government and the EU. Strict controls on the construction of new properties and the renovation of old ones have enabled Hydra Town to retain much of the old-world elegance and grandeur of its glory days as a major maritime power. Turn a blind eye to the ATMs, Internet cafes and chic boutiques and you'll be transported back in time to the late 17th century when the islanders' shipbuilding and trading skills earned them great riches. Wealthy sea captains spared no expense when it came to building their great mansions, many of which still stand proudly as a reminder of Hydra's hey day. Some of these houses have been beautifully restored and turned into classy hotels and restaurants to cater for the holiday hordes that descend on the island in high season and every weekend throughout the year.

Athenians regard Hydra as a hallowed haven after the smog-filled, traffic congested streets of the Greek capital. When you get off the boat here you'll be approached by muleteers offering to transport your luggage (and possibly you!) to your hotel.

The only way to explore the island is by donkey, in a water taxi or on foot. Don a pair of sturdy shoes, pack a picnic and a large water bottle and you'll be able to find some wonderful walking trails to secluded spots which feel a million miles away from the frantic waterfront of the port.

Water taxis will take you to quiet beaches, tiny islets and waterfront restaurants in lovely settings. Arrange a time to be picked up - but don't pay the boatman until he comes back for you! In the summer months you'll be able to enjoy a lively nightlife in Hydra Town and two impressive festivals that attract visitors from far and wide. The Miaoulia festival in later June is a huge celebration in honour of Admiral Miaoulis, one of the great heroes of the Greek War of Independence. In July the town hosts the International Puppet Theatre Festival which brings highly skilled puppeteers from all over the world to entertain children and adults alike.



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 House Aquata
House Aquata, Hydra
Featuring elegant and sophisticated design, House Aquata enjoys magnificent Hydra and Aegean Sea views. It features a furnished garden and rooftop veranda. more...
 Leto Hotel
Leto Hotel, Hydra
Just 656 feet from the scenic Hydra Port, the 5-star Leto Hotel offers elegant rooms, furnished as a traditional Hydriot mansion. A buffet breakfast enriched with local products is served daily. more...
 Miranda
Miranda, Hydra
Originally a wealthy sea captain’s mansion built in 1810, the Miranda is a fine example of characteristic local architecture. It is located 328 feet from the port and 656 feet from Ydra’s main beach. more...
 Douskos Guesthouse
Douskos Guesthouse, Hydra
Douskos Guest house is located in the car-free island of Hydra, 328 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor and 98 feet from Hydra Port. more...
 Mistral Hotel
Mistral Hotel, Hydra
With its warm and welcoming staff, this traditional mansion is just a 3-minute walk from Hydra’s port and features beautifully appointed guest rooms with views of Hydra or the sea. more...
 Guesthouse Alexandra
Guesthouse Alexandra, Hydra
Centrally located in Hydra Town and just 328 feet from the port, the traditionally built Guest house Alexandra features stone-built walls, iron beds and beamed ceilings. more...
 Hydra Erato
Hydra Erato, Hydra
Boasting an elevated position, 328 feet away from the beach in Plakes, Hydra Erato offers self-catering accommodations with panoramic sunset views over the sea. The center of Hydra Town is 2.2 mi more...
 Cotommatae Hydra 1810
Cotommatae Hydra 1810, Hydra
Cotommatae Hydra 1810 is housed in a 19th century mansion, only 220 yards from Hydra Port and the seafront with several restaurants and bars. more...
 Angelica Traditional Boutique Hotel
Angelica Traditional Boutique Hotel, Hydra
Set in a historic building in the heart of Hydra, Angelica Traditional Boutique Hotel features charming accommodations with spa baths or jet showers, and offers a courtyard with a mini pool, hot tub more...
 Hydrea Exclusive Hospitality
Hydrea Exclusive Hospitality, Hydra
Built in the 19th century, the 5-star Hydrea Hotel is located in Hydra Island, within 1312 feet from Hydra Port. more...
 Alleyway House
Alleyway House, Hydra
Located within 200 yards of George Kountouriotis Manor in Hydra, Alleyway House provides accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Complimentary WiFi is featured. more...
 KK Houses
KK Houses, Hydra
The traditionally built KK Houses is a self-catering accommodations located in Idra Town, within 1312 feet from island's port. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
 Hydra Hotel
Hydra Hotel, Hydra
Boasting magnificent views overlooking Hydra, the recently renovated Hotel Hydra is a turn-of-the-century building set in the heart of the island of Hydra. more...
 Hydras Chromata
Hydras Chromata, Hydra
Set in an historic house on a hill of Hydra Island, just 1148 feet above the harbor, Hydras Chromata offers a garden and air-conditioned apartments or a villa with furnished terraces and free WiFi more...
 Studio Annezo
Studio Annezo, Hydra
Located in Hydra, Studio Annezo offers self-catering accommodations with free WiFi. The air-conditioned unit is 328 feet from Hydra Port. The kitchenette comes with a refrigerator. more...




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