Hydra isn’t called the “Saronikos’ Mistress” for nothing. With so many incomparably
beautiful villas and picturesque alleys it’s the ideal destination for those who
wish to experience genuine Greek hospitality in a cosmopolitan way. Hydra has inspired
dozens of intellectuals and artists, such as Picasso, Arthur Miller, Sophia Loren,
Anthony Perkins. Despite its small acreage Hydra offers innumerable options to enjoy
your self and have fun. There are quiet and crowded beaches, great entertainment
opportunities and a superb service, that meets even the most fussy demands. The
great history, the buildings’ architecture, the absence of any motorized vehicle
and the quiet routine promise an unforgettable accommodation, far away from modern
life’s lights and speed. This is one of the main reasons many celebrities from all
over the world choose this island for their vacation. Hydra is a gifted land, as
it’s so close to Athens but still seems to be so isolated in past time. Comforts
aren’t missing, but the special government’s treatment, the locals’ low profile and
the professionals’ in tourism experience guarantee a time-
Port of Hydra
The access to Hydra is very easy. There are flying dolphins from Piraeus with more routes added during summer, that brings you to the island in about 1,5 hour. For those who come from Peloponnese there are ferries from Ermioni and Metohi, two small ports in Argolida Province. You can book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a journey more comfortable and carefree. Due to its physical terrain Hydra doesn’t have an airport neither a helipad. Another way to get there, much more expensive of course, is to rent a sailing boat from Floisvos Marina or Mikrolimano Marina in Piraeus.
Connection With Other Islands
Hydra has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus, Spetses, Poros, Porto
Heli, Ermioni, Metohi
You can now book ferry tickets online for Hydra via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to
travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days or weeks
earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-
In Hydra you can move by scooters, by donkeys, by bicycles or just walk. Any other kind of vehicles is prohibited in the city (the island’s one and only settlement) to protect its architecture and quaintness. The city’s biggest part is covered by alleys too narrow for vehicles, but this ban is one of the main factors this island is considered to be a fairy-
The island owes its name to the ancient Greek word “ydor” (= water) and this has to do with the countless water springs during ancient times. Recent excavations prove, that the first people lived here on the Neolithic Period.
Hydra’s historical continuity is very clear thanks to the countless findings and monuments, but its name is mainly connected to the 1821 Greek Revolution and the contribution the island had in the armed naval war against the Turks.
Every corner here contains History and Tradition, visualized by dozens of sights.
The first one visitors can see when arriving, is the two rows of canons, each one
in the port’s edges, that kept invaders away. Villas and mansions – all of them more
than 200 years old – are the island’s trademark. The famous are Kountouriotis, Tsamados,
Tobazis, Boudouris and Kriezis, all of them exceptional architectural and historical
monuments. Most of them are used as museums. In Lazaros Kountouriotis Mansion you
can visit the Historical Records and Museum with significant exhibits, some of them
very rare books. The Meta-
There are more than 300 churches and chapels in Hydra. The most known is the Church of Koimisi Theotokou (17th century) and the “twins” monasteries of Agia Efpraxia and Profitis Ilias in Eros mountain. Other churches worth to be visited are Agios Konstantinos Ydraios in Kiafa peak, with it’s gilded altarpiece, and the churches of Ai Yiannis Nisteftis and Ypapanti, famous for their architectural style.
Hydra’s number of beaches is beyond satisfying, considering the island’s small acreage.
Almost all of them are rocky or have pebbles and are very clear. The most beautiful
are Spilia, the magnificent Ydroneta, Avlaki, Kamini, Vlyhos, Palamidas, Agios Kyprianos,
Molos, Agios Georgios and Mandraki, the only one that has sand. The best way to get
on a beach is to get a sea-
Hydra contains a huge path-
Choices in food are countless and will surely satisfy even the most demanding visitors.
Beside the usual Greek cuisine, available in most of the taverns and restaurants,
Hydra has the privilege to offer a huge variety of West Culture tastes. The high-
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Hydra Island is a very clean place and locals are very sensitive in environmental
issues. There are a lot of garbage-
Happy Holidays at the beautiful Hydra!!!
Ferry tickets and offers to Hydra
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