The town, which is the center of the whole island, is built around its port. To
the right and to the left from the entrance of the port, there are the parapets
with the canons, which protected the city. It is probably the only place where
cars, motorbikes and bicycles are prohibited, transfers are being made only by
donkeys, water taxis, speed boats and your own feet. Hydra is an island of
unique beauty due to its architecture, with its small alleys and its beautiful
stone mansions with their yards and small gardens and its 360 churches. Along
with the historical back round of the island Hydra has become an important
tourist center of Greece, known for offering quiet life to its visitors during
the day and exciting nightlife starting from the restaurants, to bars and discos
either with Greek or foreign music. The rocky beaches along with the blue waters
give a wild beauty to Hydra.
Some of them are open to the public. The Tsamados mansion is the oldest Merchant
Marine Training School in the world, still in operation today. The mansion of
Pavlos Koundouriotis functions as a museum, with exhibits from the 1821 Greek
War of Independence.
Worth seeing are the church and Monastery of Kimissis tis Theotokou. Also the
monastery of Prophitis Ilias, built in the 19th century, which offers a
marvelous view from the hill and can be reached on foot or by donkey. There is
also the Zourva monastery and the Agia Triada where entrance to women is
prohibited. Agios Ioannis is the oldest church, with impressive 18th century frescoes.
A small beach with pebbles and water sports facilities,
next to the graphic port of Kamini.
Vllixos: A beautiful beach with clear
waters and a few taverns with local traditional Greek food.
Is the one of the south bays of the island next to the overgrown pinewood, with high
rocks. It is ideal for long diving.
Quiet bay with clear water, on the south side of Hydra
Located in town, a very popular restaurant that serves
A traditional tavern in Hydra town, with good
A tavern with a few tables in a small courtyard
soft music and traditional Greek appetizers.