A magnificent island near the coast of the eastern foot of the Peloponnese, characterized by its extremely picturesque capital, full of red-tiled houses and stone-paved narrow alleys. It used to be the destination of fashionable artists during the sixties and has kept a highly cosmopolitan character combined with tranquillity and relaxation.
Cruising time from Athens: 2 h. 40’
Sites of interest
The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin and the cathedral museum therein, the Historical Archives museum and the Mansion of Kountouriotis, a ship owner who devoted himself to the Greek War of Independence against the Turks in 1821
Around the harbor is centered a strand of commercial establishments, including art, jewelry and souvenir shops, restaurants, cafeterias, bars and galleries.
Although not its best attraction, Hydra offers some bathing areas over the rocky coastline very near to the harbor and a few other small pebble beaches which can be reached by water taxis.
Motor vehicles are not permitted on the island, which leaves the bulk of transportation up to donkeys and water taxis.