built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope
overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most
romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone
mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares
and above all the banning of cars and the use of around
500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain
the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive
atmosphere through the passage of time. The island
experienced exceptional economic growth in the past
thanks to its great naval and commercial activity. The
Hydriots contributed significantly also to the 1821 War
of Independence as their powerful fleet participated in
crucial sea battles. It is rather impressive the fact
that such a tiny island is the birthplace of five Greek
Lavish stone mansions owned by important families (Voulgaris,
Kountouriotis, Tombazis, Kriezis, Bountouris etc), and
built by Italian artisans reveal the wealth that
experienced the island in the past. Today most of these
mansions house the island’s museums. 300 churches and 6
monasteries spread around the island as well as the
cannons and the statues of the Independence War heroes
still standing at the balconies of the islands create a
As you walk along the waterfront, the heart of the town,
you encounter monuments, churches, canons, museums, old
mansions, statues of famous heroes, the old gunpowder
store, shops and cafes, while picturesque winding
streets lead you to neighborhoods located at the upper
part of the town, as well as to the old neighborhood of
Hydra is also a yachting paradise, as every summer
groups of sailing boats moor at the harbor, where they
are joined by dozens of sensational motorboats and
yachts. It’s worth mentioning that Hydra became famous
all over the world thanks to the film “Boy on a
Dolphin”, shot on the island in 1957 with Sophia Loren
leading the starring role.
Visit the island’s museums to take in a little history:
• Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum.
• Annex to the National Historical Museum.
• Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra.
Explore the island’s beaches:
• Mandráki: During the War of Independence it was used
as a harbour but today it is an organised beach with
excellent water sport facilities.
• Bísti: A pebbly beach, where Hydra Diving Centre
organises water sport activities such as diving and
• Vlychós: A beach covered with pebbles at Vlychos
• Spiliá: Ideal for tan-seeking sunbathers.
• Limnióniza: Many people consider it as the most
beautiful beach on the island.
• Hydronéta: This beach, which lies directly beneath the
cannons, has cement decks suitable for sunbathing.
• Ayios Nikolaos: A sandy beach, on the west of the
island. Access is only possible by water taxi.
Hellas Yachting's ships can take you, your children
and your friends to Hydra Island, to see that Greece is light, that
it’s the smiling dolphins that will follow you, the
white houses of its 6.000 islands, a warm smile and
an even warmer welcome.