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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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 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...
 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...
 Hydra Suites
Located 1.1 mi from Paralia Vlichos, Hydra Suites features accommodations with a garden, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. more...
 Guesthouse Alexandra
Centrally located in Hydra Town and just 328 feet from the port, the traditionally built Guest house Alexandra features stone-built walls, iron beds and beamed ceilings. 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...
 Loukia's Apartments
Set 1312 feet from Avlaki Beach, Loukia's Apartments offers accommodations with a garden, a terrace and room service for your convenience. Complimentary 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...
 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 Erato
Boasting an elevated position, 328 feet away from the beach in Plakes, Hydra Erato offers self-catering accommodations with panoramic sunset views over the sea. The center of Hydra Town is 2.2 mi more...
 Tramontana
Boasting garden views, Tramontana features accommodations with a terrace and a coffee machine, around 1 mi from Avlaki Beach. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 1880 Luxury Apartments
Located in Hydra, 1880 Luxury Apartment offers accommodations with access to a garden. Complimentary WiFi is featured. more...
 Livin Hydra 2
Set in Hydra, 1.2 mi from Paralia Vlichos and 1312 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Livin Hydra 2 offers free WiFi and air conditioning. more...
 Villa Ostria
Set in Vlikhós, this air-conditioned villa features a barbecue. The property is 1.6 mi from the scenic town of Hydra and features views of the sea. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. more...
 Livin Hydra 1
Set in Hydra, 1969 feet from Avlaki Beach and 1312 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Livin Hydra 1 offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden and barbecue facilities. more...
 Villa Andreas
Boasting air-conditioned accommodations with a private pool, pool view and a patio, Villa Andreas is set in Hydra. With garden views, this accommodations offers a balcony. 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...
 Livin Hydra 3
Located in Hydra, 1.2 mi from Paralia Vlichos and 1312 feet from George Kountouriotis Manor, Livin Hydra 3 features air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace and free WiFi. more...
 Theano Guesthouse
The stone-built Theano Guest house is centrally located in the scenic Hydra Island, within a 10-minutes’ walk from the port. more...
 Sidra Hotel
Conveniently located near the city hall, this hotel is only 164 feet away from the picturesque port of Hydra. more...
 Andrea Pension
Pension Andrea is situated on the central Andrea Maiouli street in Hydra, approximately 3 minutes from the port. The affordable rooms are simply furnished and include private bathroom and TV. 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...
 Glaros Guesthouse
Glaros Guest house is conveniently located 49 feet from the main port of Hydra. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Fitted with tiled flooring, each unit enjoys air conditioning, mini fridge and a more...
 Pension Erofili
Centrally located in picturesque Hydra Island, the family-run Pension Erofili is just 1312 feet from rocky Spilia Beach. more...
 Botsis Guest House
Botsis Guest House is located just 77 yards from the Hydra Island Harbor. It offers spacious and modern rooms that boast private balconies and air conditioning. more...




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