Hydra is among the most impressive islands of the ArgoSaronic Gulf. Due to its proximity to Athens it gets very popular as a weekend destination. The town is constructed on the slopes of a hill around a port and impresses visitors at first sight with its elegant stone mansions. The special thing about Hydra Island is that cars and other motor vehicles are entirely prohibited thus all transports are conducted on foot, by boat or with donkey taxis. In fact the cute donkeys are very characteristic figures of Hydra.
This little place is also great for hiking as hiking paths lead to old mansions and monasteries in the countryside. Holidays in Hydra will give you unique moments of true relaxation. Beaches on the island are actually small coves with crystal water and green surroundings. Agios Nikolaos, Bisti, Vlichos and Kaminia are the most beautiful beaches on the island.
In September 1960, Canadian singer Leonard Cohen bought a house in Hydra to bask in its balmy solitude. While living on the island he wrote his novels “The Favourite Game” (1963) and “Beautiful Losers” (1966). It was in Hydra that he met Marianne, his partner and the inspiration behind debut album cut “So Long, Marianne”.
By ferry: Hydra is accessible only by ferry in just 2hrs from Athens. Regular daily itineraries with speed catamarans are available from the port of Piraeus. Hydra is also connected to the rest islands of the Argosaronic Gulf (Aegina, Poros and Spetses). Book your tickets by contacting us at Sporades Shipping or online at greektrip.gr.
- Historical Archives Museum: The Historical Archives Museum of Hydra was founded in 1918 and it is housed in an elegant stone mansion that belonged to the local shipowner Gikas Koulouras. In 1996, the building was renovated and today it is the most impressive mansion at the port of Hydra. Next to the entrance, there are some old anchors, signs of the rich nautical impression of the island.
- Lazaros Kountouriotis mansion: The impressive yellow mansion of Lazaros Kountouriotis is located close to Hydra’s harbor and was built by the end of the 18th century. It is a typical example of Hydra’s traditional architecture. Lazaros Kountouriotis was a great ship owner who played important political role to the Greek Revolution in 1821. His character, his abilities, his wealth and his authority over the Greek politicians made him one of the most important men of his days.
- Hydronetta: Located in a short walking distance from Hydra Town. Hydronetta is a rocky swimming area with cemented sun decks and profound blue waters. It is a very popular place as it is offering one of the most magnificent views over the sea and the surrounding islands
- Bisti: This small pebble beach is accessible by boat from Hydra main port. It will take you around 15minutes to go there. The place is ideal for relaxation. The beach bar is serving cold drinks and snacks and there is a sun bed and umbrella service.
- Agios Nikolaos: Located on the west coast of Hydra, Agios Nikolaos is a deserted pebble beach accessible only by boat. If one takes a taxi-boat to reach the beach, he has to be sure to arrange the return trip and to bring some food and water. There is no tavern, snack bar or anything else available on that beach.
Tip: The islands of the Argosaronic Gulf are ideal for island hopping! Charter a sailing boat!
Attend “The Miaoulea”, the island’s unique annual celebration that takes place every year on the last weekend of June. The celebration is to commemorate the important Hydtiot Admiral of the Greek Navy, Andreas Miaoulis. The celebration is featuring the siege and burning of an actual boat in the harbor and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.