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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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 Hydra Suites
Offering a garden and free WiFi, Hydra Suites provides accommodations in Hydra. Fitted with a patio, the units feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. more...
 Nereids Guesthouse
With respect to the local architecture, the stone-built Nereids Guest house enjoys views of the Saronic Gulf and Hydra Town from its furnished terraces. more...
 Four Seasons Hydra Luxury Suites
Located on a private beach in the area of Plakes Vlichos, Four Seasons Hydra Luxury Suites offers free Wi-Fi throughout. more...
 Loukia's Apartments
Offering a garden, Loukia's Apartments provides accommodations in Hydra. Complimentary WiFi is offered. The apartment has a terrace. more...
 Mistral Hotel
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...
 NESEA Boutique Apartments
Located in Hydra, a 2-minute walk from Hydra Port and 400 yards from George Kountouriotis Manor, NESEA Boutique Apartments provides accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Amaryllis Hotel
Conveniently located and just yards from the harbor in Hydra Island, Amaryllis Hotel features a sun terrace. Free WiFi access is available in some rooms. more...
 Onar Hydra
Located in Hydra, Onar Hydra provides free WiFi. The property is close to The Hydra Museum Historical Archives, Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum and Lazaros Kountouriotis Manor. more...
 Pension Erofili
Centrally located in picturesque Hydra Island, the family-run Pension Erofili is just 1312 feet from rocky Spilia Beach. more...
 Hydra Icons
Located 656 feet from the port and the center of Hydra Town, the refurbished Hydra Icons features themed rooms of world famous artists. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. more...
 Douskos Port House
Located in Hydra, a 3-minute walk from George Kountouriotis Manor, Douskos Port House provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. more...
 PortaDelMare deluxe suites
Within walking distance from Spilia Beach, Porta Del Mare is close to various cafés, restaurants and bars. more...
 Areti
Located in Hydra, within a 4-minute walk of George Kountouriotis Manor and 500 yards of Hydra Port, Areti provides accommodations with a terrace and free WiFi throughout the property. more...
 Alkionides Pension
Only 394 feet from Hydra Port, Alkionides Pension is located in a stone-paved courtyard with flowers. It offers air-conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Some units come with a kitchenette. more...
 Hydrea Exclusive Hospitality
Built in the 19th century, the 5-star Hydrea Hotel is located in Hydra Island, within 1312 feet from Hydra Port. more...
 Cotommatae Hydra 1810
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...
 Lotus Sweet Home Hydra
Located in Hydra, a 3-minute walk from George Kountouriotis Manor and 600 yards from Hydra Port, Lotus Sweet Home Hydra offers free WiFi, a terrace and air conditioning. more...
 Miranda
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...
 Hydroussa Hotel Hydra
Just 328 feet from Hydra Port, this renovated mansion provides a unique base in a peaceful setting with a charming courtyard and free wireless internet access. more...
 Astraea
Located a 3-minute walk from George Kountouriotis Manor and 400 yards from Hydra Port, Astraea in Hydra provides air-conditioned accommodations with views of the city and free WiFi. more...
 Hydra's Emerald
Hydra's Emerald is located in Hydra, 656 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, a 5-minute walk from Hydra Port, and 1 mi from Profitis Ilias Monastery. more...
 Onar Hydra
Located in Hydra, Onar Hydra has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Providing a terrace, the property is located within a few steps of The Hydra Museum Historical Archives. more...
 Ecloge, Hydra Island
Housed in a traditional stone building featuring a small courtyard, Ecloge, Hydra Island is just a 3-minute walk from Hydra Port and 656 feet from Lazaros Kountouriotis Manor. more...
 Paradiso view
Located in Hydra, a 2-minute walk from George Kountouriotis Manor and 400 yards from Hydra Port, Paradiso view has air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Athina Guesthouse
Athina Guest house is located in a quiet neighborhood within a 5-minute walk away from the cosmopolitan and commercial port of Hydra. It is a traditional stone-made mansion with fully equipped rooms. more...




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