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March 25, 2021 2024-04-18 10:48

An Island Without Cars

Hydra, renowned as a mansion island without cars, becomes apparent, as soon as you step onto the cobblestone streets around the port. The daily life of Hydra residents bears little resemblance to the 21st century, relying on hand-carrying, mules, or carts to transport everything. Cars are prohibited, creating a slower pace of life against the backdrop of well-preserved mansions and a charming harbor. Hydrian mansions, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, shape the island’s scenery. Notable ones like Kountouriotis, Voulgaris, and Tombazis showcase Hydra’s prosperity at that time. With their impressive size and simple exteriors, these mansions provide insight into the historical dominance of merchants and ship-owners in Hydrian society.

An Island Without Cars

Hydra, renowned as a mansion island without cars, becomes apparent, as soon as you step onto the cobblestone streets around the port. The daily life of Hydra residents bears little resemblance to the 21st century, relying on hand-carrying, mules, or carts to transport everything. Cars are prohibited, creating a slower pace of life against the backdrop of well-preserved mansions and a charming harbor. Hydrian mansions, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, shape the island’s scenery. Notable ones like Kountouriotis, Voulgaris, and Tombazis showcase Hydra’s prosperity at that time. With their impressive size and simple exteriors, these mansions provide insight into the historical dominance of merchants and ship-owners in Hydrian society.

Local Museums

Discover Hydra’s rich history through its local museums. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, once a 17th-century monastery, now houses the Ecclesiastical Museum with Orthodox icons and manuscripts. The vibrant Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion by the harbor, is an 18th-century residence tied to a prominent shipping entrepreneur, who played a pivotal role in the Greek War of Independence. Also, do not miss the chance to explore the former home and studio of local artist Panagiotis Tetsis.

Nearby Beaches


​​Hydra is home to a variety of charming beaches, each offering a distinctive experience. Vlychos Beach, just 2km west of Hydra Town, is a tranquil spot with clear waters and pebbled shores. Accessible by water taxi or a leisurely walk, it provides a serene environment, complemented by a few local taverns. Kaminia Beach, located 1km west of Hydra Town near Vlihos village, stands out for its family-friendly atmosphere, with shallow waters and a selection of delightful restaurants and cafes lining the coastline. Spilia, while more of a rocky diving spot than a traditional beach, offers translucent blue waters within walking distance of Hydra Town. If you are looking for a more remote experience, Plakes Vlychos is a good choice. Located in front of the Four Seasons Hotel, is a lengthy sandy beach with panoramic views of the mainland, accessible by a boat or a water taxi.

Nearby Beaches

​​Hydra is home to a variety of charming beaches, each offering a distinctive experience. Vlychos Beach, just 2km west of Hydra Town, is a tranquil spot with clear waters and pebbled shores. Accessible by water taxi or a leisurely walk, it provides a serene environment, complemented by a few local taverns. Kaminia Beach, located 1km west of Hydra Town near Vlihos village, stands out for its family-friendly atmosphere, with shallow waters and a selection of delightful restaurants and cafes lining the coastline. Spilia, while more of a rocky diving spot than a traditional beach, offers translucent blue waters within walking distance of Hydra Town. If you are looking for a more remote experience, Plakes Vlychos is a good choice. Located in front of the Four Seasons Hotel, is a lengthy sandy beach with panoramic views of the mainland, accessible by a boat or a water taxi.

Hydra's Artistic Legacy

Hydra has a rich artistic history, particularly in the 1950s when it became a hub for creative minds, including renowned painters, writers, and musicians. Local artists were drawn to the island’s landscapes, inspiring a flourishing cultural scene that left a mark on Hydra’s artistic legacy. For those interested in film history, Hydra has been a backdrop for movies like “Boy on a Dolphin” (1957) starring Sophia Loren and “Phaedra” (1962) starring Anthony Perkins and Melina Mercouri, adding another layer to its rich cultural tapestry. 

Apollo by Jeff Koons

The sculpture Apollo Kithara (2019–2022). The Apollo is playing a kithara, which is considered the origin of today’s guitar. The polychromed animatronic sculpture stands over 2.3 meters tall. The walls within the Slaughterhouse have been transformed by using as the base the ancient frescoes from Boscoreale, near Pompeii

Apollo by Jeff Koons

the sculpture Apollo Kithara (2019–2022). The Apollo is playing a kithara, which is considered the origin of today’s guitar. The polychromed animatronic sculpture stands over 2.3 meters tall. The walls within the Slaughterhouse have been transformed by using as the base the ancient frescoes from Boscoreale, near Pompeii

Snorkeling and Diving

If you are looking for an exciting adventure on Hydra, you can use a water taxi to get to beautiful snorkeling spots, such as Bisti Beach. North of the main town lies Mandraki Bay, Hydra’s only sandy beach, perfect for exploring the local marine life. The entire coastline offers fantastic swimming spots, although the beaches are often rocky, so it is advised to bring along a pair of swimming shoes. Hydra’s crystal-clear waters are also perfect for diving. You can find many professional scuba diving clubs around the island, if you are looking for a more advanced experience. 

Horseback Riding

Looking for a romantic and unique way to experience Hydra? Consider exploring the charming alleys and scenic coast during horseback riding. Various stables on the island offer rides for all ages, ranging from short 45-minute rides to full-day adventures. It is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of Hydra,  as you ride through the town and along the coast. For example, Harriet’s Hydra Horses is a popular stable. It also focuses on animal ethics, and some horses in the stable have been rescued from neglectful owners and environments. 

Horseback Riding

Looking for a romantic and unique way to experience Hydra? Consider exploring the charming alleys and scenic coast during horseback riding. Various stables on the island offer rides for all ages, ranging from short 45-minute rides to full-day adventures. It is a wonderful way to explore the beauty of Hydra,  as you ride through the town and along the coast. For example, Harriet’s Hydra Horses is a popular stable. It also focuses on animal ethics, and some horses in the stable have been rescued from neglectful owners and environments. 

Proximity to Other Beautiful Locations

The island offers a convenient proximity to the mainland of Greece, with regular ferry services connecting it to the port of Piraeus in Athens. A short boat ride away lies the charming town of Ermioni on the Peloponnese Peninsula, offering an accessible escape for those seeking a change of scenery. Additionally, Hydra is in proximity to the small island of Dokos, known for its archaeological sites and pristine beaches. For those looking for a luxury experience, the vibrant island of Spetses is just a stone’s throw away, featuring elegant mansions, lively waterfronts, and cultural events. Whether it’s exploring historical landmarks, or enjoying  the tranquility of secluded spots, Hydra’s location opens up a range of possibilities.

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