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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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 Leto Hotel
Leto Hotel, Hydra
Just 200 metres 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...
 Douskos Guesthouse
Douskos Guesthouse, Hydra
Douskos Guesthouse is situated in the car-free island of Hydra, 100 metres from George Kountouriotis Manor and 30 metres from Hydra Port. more...
 Althea
Althea, Hydra
Situated 700 metres from Hydra Port in Hydra, this air-conditioned villa features a terrace, and an outdoor pool with hot tub. more...
 House Aquata
House Aquata, Hydra
Featuring elegant and sophisticated design, House Aquata enjoys magnificent Hydra and Aegean Sea views. It boasts a furnished garden and rooftop veranda. 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...
 Hydras Chromata
Hydras Chromata, Hydra
Set in an historic house on a hill of Hydra Island, just 350 metres above the harbour, Hydras Chromata offers a garden and air-conditioned apartments or a villa with furnished terraces and free WiFi more...
 KK Houses
KK Houses, Hydra
The traditionally built KK Houses is a self-catering accommodation located in Idra Town, within 400 metres from island's port. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
 Studio Annezo
Studio Annezo, Hydra
Located in Hydra, Studio Annezo offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The air-conditioned unit is 100 metres from Hydra Port. The kitchenette comes with a refrigerator. more...
 Casa Melenia Hydra
Casa Melenia Hydra, Hydra
Offering a sun terrace and beautiful views of the city, Casa Melenia Hydra (former Hydra Melia) is situated in the centre of Hydra Town, only 150 meters from the port. more...
 Hydra Bay Tower
Hydra Bay Tower, Vlikhós
Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace, Hydra Bay Tower is set in Vlikhós. This villa offers an outdoor swimming pool. more...
 Kyriaki's house
Kyriaki's house, Hydra
Located in Hydra, 200 yards from George Kountouriotis Manor and a 3-minute walk from Hydra Port, Kyriaki's house offers free WiFi. 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...
 Hydra Erato
Hydra Erato, Hydra
Boasting an elevated position, 100 metres away from the beach in Plakes, Hydra Erato offers self-catering accommodation with panoramic sunset views over the sea. more...
 Rallou House Hydra
Rallou House Hydra, Hydra
Built in the 19th century, Rallou House Hydra is located in the main town of Hydra and offers panoramic views over the town and the sea. more...
 Paradiso view
Paradiso view, Hydra
Paradiso view, a property with a terrace, is located in Hydra, 200 yards from George Kountouriotis Manor. This apartment has a shared lounge. more...




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