Getting to Hydra is much easier these days than in years past. Take a flying dolphin or cat from Piraeus or travel to Metoxi on the mainland and and take a sea taxi or shuttle across the Saronic.
Hydra offers visitors a wealth of options for accommodation in the heart of the harbor or in the more secluded hamlets and villages surrounding the Hydra Town, some offering glorious views of the sea and sunset, some lower down with little or no climb. You'll find accommodation to suit all budgets, from basic pensions and rooms, to upscale guesthouses and boutique hotels, to private houses and apartments catering to all levels of comfort.
Options for eating and drinking have exploded in recent years, ranging from traditional Greek fare, to Italian and Continental cuisine, to ethic street food and take away souvlaki. You won’t get bored with your choices!
Strolling along the harbor or wandering through the town's side and back streets, you encounter dozens of boutiques offering clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves, you name it, all at the height of fashion. In other shops you'll find unique crafts, textiles, and objets for your own home or to take back as a gift.
Lady of the Saronic
Learn about Hydra’s extensive and nationally important naval and maritime history, including it’s important role in Greek War of Independence, economic decline, and reemergence as a cultural gem in the 1950s. Also read about the island’s rich cultural heritage and artists, its neighborhoods and important personages, annual festivals and holidays, climate and seasons, animal welfare efforts, and much more.
Visit Hydra's monasteries, climb its mountains, trek to its remoter villages and beaches by foot, horse, or boat.
Enjoy cool, crystal-clear waters of the rocks in town or at the island’s organized or remoter beaches. Most you can walk to, though beach boats leave for just about all of them from under the clock tower.
Visit the Historic Archives & Museum of Hydra or the Kondouriotis Mansion, trek to the island's several monasteries and convents, wander into its hundreds of churches, or take in Hydra's unique historic mansions and other architecture.
In summer Hydra offers seemingly endless cultural fare, with art exhibitions opening nearly weekly in various venues, classical music recitals, concerts, theater, dance, and more. Here we list the various cultural venues. See the events calendar for specific exhibitions, performances, and other events.
Enjoy a free moonlight cruise from Hydra Harbor to Molos Bay, hire a boat to travel around the island or to its remoter beachs, bays, and coves, or use Hydra as a base to visit other islands and the historic towns on the mainland.
Throughout the year, various religious and national holidays and festivals, as well as art exhibitions, concerts, theater performances, gallery openings, and parties, all open to visitors to the island, punctate Hydra's calendar.
Points of Interest
Museums, monasteries, mansions, and other sights on Hydra
Host a destination wedding of any size on this gorgeous, romantic, chic Greek island getaway. Chances are you'll be back for your honeymoon.
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