The serene Hydra Island

A small mountainous island in the Aegean Sea, Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece. The name comes from the word “Hydor” in Greek ‘water’ chosen for the abundant water springs. Rich with history and cultural allure, this island is a peaceful place where life slows down. Cars are not allowed and everything is carried by donkeys, water taxis or by hand.

18th century mansions, old churches and marble-cobbled streets characterize the villages of the island. Hydra town has an historical fortress with cannons and the pictures port is perfect for an evening drink or a dinner at the many restaurants with a selection of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The little village Kiafa, located above theharbor, has narrow streets, old grocery stores, boutique hotels and windmills.

Hydra has always been a cultural center and since the 1950s famous artists and visitors like Onassis, Maria Callas, Eric Clapton and Picasso spent time here. The island was used as set for cinematographic productions and since the 1980s every summer the renowned Greek collector Dakis Joannou organizes a series of contemporary art exhibitions to attract international visitors.

Sandy and rock beaches like Vlichos, Avlaki, Spilia and Hydroneta have crystal clear water where visitors can dive exploring reefs and underwater caves. Taking one of the many hiking trails tourists can enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean flora and fauna of the island.

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