Holidays in Hydra island
Beautiful Hydra; this small island with the naval tradition and the cosmopolitan character; belongs to the complex of the Saronic Gulf. The exquisite architecture of the city is combined perfectly with the wonderful natural environment, creating a place which seduces visitors and is a unique source of inspiration for people of art.
Arriving at the island of Hydra, the first thing you will see is the image of the city; a fine example of architecture and picturesqueness. The gray and white buildings marry perfectly with the deep blue sea, creating an image that seems to have sprung from a painting! The aristocratic city, built amphitheater around the port, “lazily” stretches in two rocky hills. It is worth having romantic walks on the narrow, cobbled alleys. Within the city, cars are prohibited. Transportations are done by donkeys, a fact which enhances the romantic and nostalgic feeling of the island.
Trademark of Hydra is the statue of Andreas Miaoulis; a popular Greek warrior; which stands proudly on the left side of the port, retracting memories of the past. On both sides of the harbor, the majestic Bastion with its cannons predominates. During your walk around the harbor, spend some time looking at the imposing, stone building of the old powder keg, which nowadays houses the Port Authority. Next to the Port Authority, there is the impressive marble building of the Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra. Nearby, you will find Tsamados family house which houses the School of Master Skippers. In the center of the harbor, the Cathedral of Hydra built in 1648, which previously served as the Monastery of the Virgin’s Assumption, stands out. Today, on the site of the monastery the Town Hall and Ecclesiastical Museum are housed. In front of the monastery, there is Kountouriotis Pavlos square; in the center of which the statue of the Greek politician stands. Other major attractions are the stone Emmanuel Tompazis mansion, which today houses the Faculty of Fine Arts; George Kountouriotis House (Museum of Byzantine Art History) and the famous Rafalias pharmacy, housed in a beautiful, neoclassical mansion.
If you love touring, in the island of Hydra you will find hiking trails, through which you are going to discover the beautiful corners and secrets of the place. During your tour, you will be charmed by the constantly changing images; sometimes you will cross areas full of pine trees and sometimes wild terrain.
Hydra’s important events are taking place throughout the year. The most famous are Miaouleia, the International Puppet Festival, as well as the Carnival.
Hydra is an ideal destination for Easter holidays: in the evening of Good Friday, once the procession of the Epitaph in Kamini district is completed, the Epitaph enters the sea, whilst, at the day of Easter, Judas is hung and burnt on fire.
In this tiny island, time seems to have stopped... The unique architecture of the city, the unspeakable beauty of the natural environment, the "heavy" historical and cultural heritage and the pervasive sense of nostalgia, romance and serenity shape a place which you inevitably fall in love with!
In Hydra you will not find wide, sandy beaches. To the contrary, small coves with crystal clear waters, as well as rocks offered for diving, will surely compensate you!
Within the harbor, there is Spilia beach an ideal choice for those who love diving off cliffs. Nevertheless, you can also enter the sea from small stairs. Right next to Spilia there is the beautiful Hydronetta beach. The scene is similar to that of the former, Spilia, beach. Should you stay until evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing sunset! After Hydronetta, other small beaches with crystal clear waters follow: Avlaki, Kamini, Mikro Kamini, Vlychos, Plakes Vlychos, Palamidas, Molos, Kaoumithi, Bisti, Agios Nikolaos and Mandraki.
- The Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra
- George Kountouriotis House (Museum of Byzantine Art History)
- Lazaros Kountouriotis Mansion
- Melina Mercouri Art Gallery and Concert Hall
- The ruined windmills on the hill of St. Athanasius
- Kiafas Hill
- Kamini Village
- The "twin" Monasteries of Prophet Elijah and Agia Eupraxia
- Ypapantis Church (Church of the Visitation)
- Agios Konstantinos Church
- Agios Ioannis Nisteftis Church
- Dokos Island
- Almond Sweets
Travelling by boat
To reach Hydra, you can board on a flying-dolphin, departing daily between Gate E8 and E9 from the port of Piraeus. The trip lasts approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. For more information on the itineraries visit the company's site:
Travelling by car
You can also drive to Hydra, in your own car, via the village of Metohi. Take the National Highway from Athens to Corinth, then take the exit to Corinth - Epidaurus and on the first intersection you come across, follow the signs and turn left to Hydra - Poros - Spetses. Follow the signs to Poros and once you reach the port of Galatas, drive for another half hour on the coastal road, until you reach Metohi. There, you can take a boat or a water taxi to get across to the island of Hydra.
Connecting boat lines with other ports
The island of Hydra is connected by boat with the ports of Metohi, Porto Heli, Ermioni, Poros and Spetses.
During your stay in Hydra, you can be served for health issues:
Hospital of Hydra, Phone: (+30) 22980 53150
Community Clinic of Hydra, Phone: (+30) 22980 52420
Port Authority of Hydra: (+30) 22980 52279
Police Station of Hydra: (+30) 22980 52205
Hospital of Hydra: (+30) 22980 53150
Community Clinic of Hydra: (+30) 22980 52420