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Our Heritage

Step into our timeless boutique hotel, where each corner whispers tales of maritime history, revealing the island’s enduring connection to the sea.

The Island

Nestled in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra welcomes you with its picturesque scenery. Known for its cosmopolitan charm and easy access from Athens, the Hydra town unfolds gracefully around its old harbor. Here, the absence of cars creates an atmosphere of unhurried tranquility, inviting you to explore through narrow cobblestone streets, free to immerse yourself in its timeless beauty. As the sun sets over Hydra’s picturesque landscapes, you’ll discover why it has become a sought-after destination.

Hydra Island also achieved cultural prominence in the 1950s, emerging as a haven for artists and writers who drew inspiration from its magical scenery. Notable residents like Leonard Cohen, coupled with Hydra’s literary heritage and role as a sought-after film location for movies like “Boy on a Dolphin” and “Phaedra,” have solidified the island’s fame in the realms of arts, literature, and cinema.

The Story Behind

Bratsera Boutique Hotel unfolds a story rooted in maritime history. Originally a sponge factory, established by Nickolaos Verneniotis in 1860, this charming space has been thoughtfully restored into a boutique hotel, aptly named Bratsera, paying homage to the place where fishing fleets once embarked on journeys for sponge harvesting. The name “Bratsera” reflects the Greek sponge divers’ term for the mother-vessel, linking the hotel to the island’s seafaring past.

Bratsera is a rare gem, offering a spacious garden with a pool and sun loungers, creating a peaceful, lush retreat in the heart of Hydra, the only one of its kind in the island.

The hotel’s emblematic atmosphere reflects the history of the beautifully transformed building. Located in the heart of Old Town Hydra, Bratsera ensures easy access, making it a welcoming destination for business guests, as well as those looking for a romantic escape. 

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