HYDRA

Though small in size, Hydra is huge in terms of beauty, charming scenery and the friendly and warm locals and the  island is perfect for those who are seeking a very relaxed and enjoyable holiday. There is easy access to the island by ferry boat and hydrofoils (flying dolphins) from Pireaus and there is also a taxi boat service that can take you across to the charming area of Ermioni in the Peloponnese county of Argolida

Simply taking a stroll around the harbour is an activity so simple yet so special. The hill above the harbour provides some magical views out towards the sea, and is ideal for enjoying a wonderful sunset. Scattered all over Hydra are about 300 small churches, and 6 monasteries which are well worth visiting if you have the chance, and offer a wonderful insight into the religious history and traditions of the island. Hydra also  has some excellent beaches that are ideal for the summer months, or you can swim off the rock platforms around the corner from the main port.

Extract from Telgraph Expert Guide to Hydra:

A whaleback ridge looming from the sea, Hydra shot to fame in 1956 as the location for A Girl in Black, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, with an extra filip in 1957 for hosting Boy on a Dolphin, starring Sophia Loren. Soon various foreign personalities (including Leonard Cohen) bought and restored property here, joining prominent Greeks who had long appreciated the island’s charms. Sumptuous mansions and humbler vernacular homes arrayed amphitheatrically around the marble-quayed harbour date from the 18th and 19th centuries, when Hydriot seafaring prowess brought great wealth.

Despite its high-profile reputation, and the mid-day arrival of “One-Day Saronic Cruises”, the island remains endearingly time-warped: as a listed architectural reserve, all new construction is banned and the town remains blissfully free of motor vehicles except for two small fire trucks and a few miniature rubbish trucks, with photogenic donkeys and mules doing  most of the haulage providing the familiar ‘clip clop’ soundtrack to island life.

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Hydra Life Photos

Hydra Night Life

Amalour Bar

Great atmosphere, friendly, lively, fantastic music, delicious cocktails, cosmopolitan clientele.

Papagalos

There’s always something happening. From first thing in the morning till late at night and into the small hours. Enjoy your morning coffee, lunch, evening cocktails & stay for our nightclub parties.

Orea Ydra

Opened in 2016, the Orea Ydra is a welcome addition to the HydraDirect restaurant guide because it offers top quality, freshly produced Greek cuisine at its very best. Within the first year, the Orea Ydra deservedly established itself as one of the gastronomic destinations on Hydra.

Téchnē

is a term for craftsmanship, skill or art derived from the Greek word τέχνη. But since 2016, Téchnē is also the name of the most renowned restaurant, café & cocktail bar on Hydra.

Hydra Beaches

Spilia

Distance from Hydra: 50m Type: Rocks & platforms Walk to it: Yes Hike to it: No Horse trek to it: No Beach Boat: No Water Taxi: No Suitable for: Adults Swim from: Rocks Refreshments: Yes Beds & Umbrellas: No Wi-Fi: Yes Music: Some below cafe

Hydronetta

Distance from Hydra: 60m Type: Platforms Walk to it: Yes Hike to it: No Horse trek to it: No Beach Boat: No Water Taxi: No Suitable for: Adults Swim from: Platforms Refreshments: Yes Beds & Umbrellas: No Wi-Fi: Yes Music: Yes

Avlaki

Distance: 100m Map Type: Platforms Walk to it: Yes Hike to it: No Horse trek to it: No Beach Boat: No Water Taxi: No Suitable for: Able bodied Swim from: Rocks Refreshments: No Beds & Umbrellas: No Wi-Fi: No Music: No

Kamini

Distance from Hydra: 0.5k Type: Pebble Walk to it: Yes Hike to it: No Horse trek to it: Yes Beach Boat: Yes (harbour) Water Taxi: Yes (harbour) Suitable for: All Swim from: Level beach Refreshments: Yes Beds & Umbrellas: Yes (from Castello) Wi-Fi: Yes Music: Yes

Villa Lemonia Hydra