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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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 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...
 Hydra Suites
Located 656 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Hydra Suites features accommodations with a garden, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. more...
 Leto Hotel
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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Hydra Hotel
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...
 Loukia's Apartments
Set 1640 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Loukia's Apartments offers accommodations with a garden, a terrace and room service for your convenience. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. 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...
 Pension Efie
Located on the scenic island of Hydra only 164 feet from shops, cafes and restaurants, Pension Efie offers rooms with free WiFi access and mini fridge. more...
 Villa Dionysos
Located in Hydra, 656 feet from Avlaki Beach and 164 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Villa Dionysos provides air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. more...
 KK Houses
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...
 Lotus Sweet Home Hydra
Featuring sea views, Lotus Sweet Home Hydra provides accommodations with a terrace and a coffee machine, around 656 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor. 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...
 Tramontana
Located in Hydra, 1.1 mi from George Kountouriotis Manor and 1.2 mi from Hydra Port, Tramontana provides accommodations with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Upper Hydra
Located just 66 feet from Hydra Port and 1640 feet of George Kountouriotis Manor, Upper Hydra offers rooms in Hydra. The property is nonsmoking. more...
 Astraea
Located 1312 feet from Avlaki Beach and 656 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Astrea in Hydra provides air-conditioned accommodations with views of the city and free WiFi. 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...
 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...
 Villa Mandraki
Located just 11 yards from the beach, Villa Mandraki offers self-catering accommodations with furnished verandas and magnificent views of Mandraki cove. The town of Hydra is a 25-minute walk away. more...
 Areti
Located in Hydra, 984 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Areti features rooms with city views and free WiFi. more...
 Alleyway House
Located within a 5-minute walk of Hydra Port and 400 yards of George Kountouriotis Manor in Hydra, Alleyway House has accommodations with free WiFi and seating area. more...
 Hydra Port Apartments
Located in Hydra, Hydra Port Apartments offers accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as a terrace. All units come with a balcony, a kitchen with a fridge, and a private bathroom. 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...
 Bratsera Traditional Hotel
Bratsera Traditional Hotel offers elegantly decorated accommodations in Hydra. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room has a TV with cable channels. more...




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