Hydra is part of the group of island called Saronic Islands , one of the closest islands to Athens and is perhaps the most beautiful harbor in the Greek Islands. It is a rocky island in the Aegean Sea, located to the eastern coast of Peloponnese between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf, close to the islands of Spetses and Poros. Its area of 52 square km and a coastline of 56 km provides living to 2 500 inhabitants.
One of the island's most attractive features is its traffic-free tranquility - even bicycles are forbidden here and the only motorized vehicle you'll come across is the occasional rubbish truck. Everyone gets about on foot, by donkeys, or with sea taxis. The inhabited area, however, is so compact that most people walk everywhere. It is a favorite place of many painters, authors, and other artists who seek inspiration from these quiet surroundings, the many reasons are: the traditional architecture (the buildings are in traditional style, decorated with wooden painted ceilings, marble fountains, and classic furniture that reminds you of a time long since past) and the untouched nature of the island. Another of the major attractions on Hydra is its nightlife. You'll find bars and clubs that feature lots of delicious cocktails and blaring-loud music. If you love to dance, the clubs in Hydra do not disappoint. The nightlife on the island is often compared to that of Mykonos, only smaller and more cosmopolitan in nature. At many of the island's taverns, you can relax with a drink, listen to great live music and sample some great Greek cuisine.
Famous for its lack of cars and bikes, nightlife, fine restaurants, B&B style hotels, villas, beautiful beaches, shops and traditional architecture, Hydra is a favorite weekend destination for Athenians and one of the premier tourist destinations in the world today.
The City of Hydra
The picturesque and beautiful settlement of Hydra city, authenticate to very important historical facts, is a model of traditional architecture and aesthetics. The city is amphitheatrically erected in the grey background formed by huge cliffs...