Luxury Cruise to Hydra, Greece

Luxury Cruise to Hydra, Greece

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Voyage to A Gem of an Island with Nary a Vehicle to Be Found

Actors, artists, musicians, and travelers have all been drawn to Hydra over the years. Featuring a stunning harbor, the island town is uniquely car-free (save for a lone fire truck). No taxis, no scooters—just donkeys and your own two feet. Luckily, you won’t have to go too far to discover the many charms of this isle.

Hydra has a bit of a reputation as an artist’s haven (the inspiring surroundings may have something to do with that!), and there are many galleries and shops featuring one-of-a-kind items by local designers.

The area around the harbor is perfect for another popular Hydrian pastime: people watching. Make like the locals and settle in at one of the cafés overlooking the azure-blue sea and nurse a cup of strong coffee while you watch the comings and goings of the day.

Meander toward Spilla, a popular swimming destination on the west side of town and stretch out on the rocks beside the water to soak up some sun. Or explore the village of Mandraki (population 11), a leisurely 30-minute walk from town. But wherever you go, just be sure to keep an eye on where you’re stepping to avoid any “donkey exhaust”.

BISTI BAY

BISTI BAY

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BISTI BAY

BISTI BAY

This south-facing bay, backed by pines, features a white pebble beach and aquamarine seas. Hire a water taxi or take a scheduled boat to enjoy clear shallow waters, perfect for snorkeling.

LAZAROS KOUNDOURIOTIS MANSION

LAZAROS KOUNDOURIOTIS MANSION

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LAZAROS KOUNDOURIOTIS MANSION

LAZAROS KOUNDOURIOTIS MANSION

This national historical museum was once home to Lazaros Koundouriotis, a great shipowner who played an important role in the Greek War of Independence. Explore this beautiful 18th century mansion, and gain insight into Hydra’s history, culture, and art.

MOUNT EROS

MOUNT EROS

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MOUNT EROS

MOUNT EROS

Over 1,650 feet above Hydra climbs Mount Eros, the highest peak on the island. Hike the two hours to the top, or arrange for a donkey tour for stunning views of the Saronic islands and the hulking, mountainous tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. At the top, be awed by the Prophet Ilias Monastery.

Hydra, Greece At a glance

Current Weather:
13°C / 55 °F
Sun
25°
18°
Mon
26°
19°
Tue
26°
19°
Wed
27°
20°
Current Time:
7:24:35 am2015/05/30 07:24:35 am
EEST
Saturday, May 30
Offset:
UTC/GMT +03:00
Currency:
Euro
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.09
  • 1.36
  • 0.71
  • 1.43
  • 69.54
  • 3.47
  • 16.78
  • 1.54
Local Details:
GPS: 37°20'6.33"N 23°27'56.53"E
Size: 72.00 KM2 (27.80 MI2)
Population: 1,982
Density: 28 Pop/KM2 (11 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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