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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...
 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...
 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 Erofili
Centrally located in picturesque Hydra Island, the family-run Pension Erofili is just 1312 feet from rocky Spilia Beach. 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...
 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...
 Angelica Traditional Boutique Hotel
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
Built in the 19th century, the 5-star Hydrea Hotel is located in Hydra Island, within 1312 feet from Hydra Port. 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...
 Perakis Apartments
Featuring air conditioning, Perakis Apartments offers accommodations in Hydra. George Kountouriotis Manor is 656 feet away. Free WiFi is provided . All units have a cable flat-screen TV. 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...
 Sidra Hotel
Conveniently located near the city hall, this hotel is only 164 feet away from the picturesque port of Hydra. more...
 Delfini Hotel
The family-run Delfini Hotel is set right on the picturesque port in Hydra, offering magnificent views of the sea and scenic town. An on-site bar is also available. more...
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...
 PortaDelMare deluxe suites
Within walking distance from Spilia Beach, Porta Del Mare is close to various caf├ęs, restaurants and bars. more...
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Manolia offers accommodations in Hydra. Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...
 Guesthouse Corali
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Guest house Corali offers accommodations in Hydra, 328 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor. Each room is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. 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...
 Amaryllis Guest House
Located 656 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor in Hydra, this holiday home features free WiFi and a terrace. The property features views of the mountain and is 328 feet from Hydra Port. more...
 Kirki Hydra
Featuring an internal courtyard with colorful flowers, the family-run Kirki Hydra is located in the center of Hydra Town, within 164 feet from the port. more...
Offering views of the mountain and town, Paradiso is located in Hydra. All rooms have a flat-screen TV. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while looking out at the garden or city. 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...
Filenia is conveniently located in the center of Hydra Town, 492 feet from the port. It offers air-conditioned rooms and a stone-paved sun terrace for relaxing moments. more...
 Loukia's Apartments
Offering a garden, Loukia's Apartments provides accommodations in Hydra. Complimentary WiFi is offered. The apartment has a terrace. 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...



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