Hydra, Greece

Hydra, Greece

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A gem of an island with nary a vehicle to be found

Hydra is an island both idyllic and lost in a time warp. One town, no real roads, and no cars—only donkeys on the pathways, and taxi boats to isolated beaches and tavernas. The tiny harbor is ringed with cafés and restaurants, and backed by a village of stone houses and villas that step their way up the hillside.

The main hobby here is people watching. You can sit in a café for hours sipping an espresso, and no one will ask you to move. But it would be a shame not to engage in a bit of exploration, and there are many paths through the hills leading to outlying hamlets, monasteries, and churches.

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:
12°C / 54 °F
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Current Time:
6:22:23 am2015/03/07 06:22:23 am
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Saturday, March 07
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Currency:
Euro
Exchange Rates:
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  • 1.37
  • 0.72
  • 1.40
  • 68.13
  • 3.32
  • 16.82
  • 1.47
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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