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Home sweet home
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After a heavy and tiring winter in the city of Athens, those few days off work were like a dream to me and Hydra was a great idea to escape from town. It was actually the first time that I felt relieved that a tiny yet quite picturesque house was waiting for me there, I was not in a mood for searching a hotel. Until then none of my friends had visited and I was happy that this time I had them with me.

For those who haven't been to this island let me give you a taste. First of all, Hydra is ideal for all tastes, a very romantic place sitting in the middle of the Saronic Gulf, just a couple of hours from Athens. The heart of Hydra beats in the beautiful and cosmopolitan town with the picturesque port and the stone mansions. Wondering through the labyrinth of narrow streets with the traditional houses and tiny chapels will give you an unforgettable experience. As I am familiar with these quarters, I can tell you that Hydra is getting more beautiful every day. In Kaminia where I stay the whole atmosphere is much different from the busy Chora, it is quiet day and night.

For me the best time to visit the beaches is early in the morning where you will enjoy your isolation and the calm waters. Instead, at noon beaches are crowded. They are not so easy to reach, it needs a lot of walking to go to the beaches in Hydra but you can also take the boat from the port.



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Delightful weekend
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My friends recommended the island of Hydra for a relaxing weekend, in the middle of September till they got back to London. It took us two hours to get to Hydra from Piraeus, we found a guest room on the last minute, quite traditional amongst the whitewashed alleys. Our first visit was to the village of Kaminia for a swim, then the road led us to Vlichos. We had a coffee there at the traditional kafeneion and for lunch we got our favourite Greek specialty, grilled octopus.

Despite its small size, Hydra is very cosmopolitan with exceptional bars and cafes located at the waterfront, no wonder that large groups of tourists and couples kept arriving at the port all day long. At the town, you will see many impressive mansions and interesting churches and you will love the souvenir shops offering handmade products in good prices. I would definitely like to come back again sometime, spend more time at the small beaches and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere on a summer day under the warm sun. If you like hiking, I know there are interesting monasteries in the inland but hiking is pretty long and it will be tiring in hot days.



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Love this Saronic treasure
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I live many years in Greece and Hydra was one destination that I frequently got to visit. Apart from the fact that the island is situated very close to Athens, I was absolutely amazed by its beauty. Hydra is an ideal short trip for the weekend. Arriving at the port of Hydra at night was the best image of this island. Hydra at night was just amazing to watch, people walking in and out from the labyrinth of the narrow alleys and locals sitting and chatting from their balconies.

Hydra is full of Neoclassical mansions and great museums. It is ideal for the nature lovers thanks to its fine network of green paths. The food was delicious in both taverns we visited. We took the boat to Kaminia, Spilia and Vlichos. All of them are located at a short distance from the Town and we really enjoyed the water. They are not fully organized but you will be fascinated by the rocky landscape and the natural beauty. Two night spent in Hydra are fine to see it all and relax.



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Romantic island
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I just spent a long weekend in Hydra and I really enjoyed myself. The nature is outstanding and the fact that there are no cars it brings you back of 30 years.
I wrote about my trip in Hydra in my blog www.sunnygreece.it



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Best last minute trip
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I was looking forward to spend my last minute vacation in a Greek island with my friends. Since I had only 4 days till I get back to France, they thought we should go somewhere near. We chose Hydra, only 1h 20 min with the high speed ferry. As soon as we arrived, we didn't want to waste any time so we started our touring. We took a donkey ride right to the top of the town where was out hotel. It has a fantastic view up there. The village has some very traditional houses to see and several taverns where we tasted great food, mostly fresh fish.

I was impressed by the clear water of Kaminia beach and Vlichos. But I liked more Hydroneta, a rough swimming area surrounded with rocks and a bar just right at the top offering a magnificent area. As you can imagine, it is one of the most popular spots of the island and gets really crowded. Studying history myself, I was so pleased by the Historical Archives Museum where you see some rare collections of artifacts, photographs and documents. Make sure you book a room before you travel to Hydra, especially in high season, because finding a room around the hilly streets of the town is very difficult.



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Top nightlife and atmosphere
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It is such a pity that Hydra has probably the most uncomfortable and rocky beaches in Greece! Otherwise, it would be just PERFECT! The little town is so relaxing to walk, the people are friendly, the port is the most romantic place to be and nightlife... aahh, the nightlife on Hydra! It is almost sunrise and people are still on the streets fresh and happy after a long night out. There are bars with lounge soft music, clubs with loud music, romantic beach bars, all type of nightlife for all ages. Disco Heaven is a good dance spot and for something more quiet, try Amalour with live jazz and soul music in the evenings.

Hydra must be one of the latest places on Earth that there is no traffic! You probably know that no cars are allowed on the island. Hop from the boat to the mule! Boats trips are a must in Greece. There can't be Greek holidays without getting on a boat! You take a boat from the port and you go all around the island. Best beaches are on the northernmost and the southernmost spots of Hydra. Hydronetta is also nice but not for the beach, for the cafe above the rocks and the nice sunset.


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alexis wrote on Apr 08, 2010

Yes, Hydra has a unique atmosphere...


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Lively and cute
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Hydra has an extremely vibrant atmosphere be it during the daytime or at night. We stayed at a beautiful hotel in the town itself that was originally a mansion. I liked that the locals in Hydra preserved their traditions despite the invasion of tourism. The architecture was picturesque and I saw a couple of panygiria in my week there. Believe me, if there is a distinctive element in the Greek culture, this is panygiria for me, these local festivals that gather people in the square and dance and drink all night. This gives a wonderful feeling of community and togetherness! It is so sad that we have lost this feeling today in the western countries…

The port is the best place to hangout at anytime of the day. Night clubs like Pirate and Saronikos are very popular. My favourite restaurant was Taverna Gitoniko. The Greek salad and the pies are my favourite dishes. Right in the port, you will also see a nice museum housed in a traditional mansion. When we were there, it had an exhibition with some nice paintings. Apparently they were paintings of a famous Greek artist, but I don't remember the name now. The general idea about this museum is that you will love it if you like art.



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Charming in every way
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We visited Hydra on our way to Spetses. We could stay for only 3 days on this magnificent and picturesque island. We wish to go back to the island again. The entire island from the harbour looked like a picture postcard with whitewashed houses having red tiled roofs and green vegetation in the background. We stayed at a charming hotel in Hydra town, close to the port. The entire town though has a certain cosmopolitan vibe to it but all the houses here only reflect traditional architecture.

Close to our hotel, there were two amazing and splendid mansions. The locals informed us that they were built way back in the 19th century by some wealthy merchants. We visited some nice churches in the town and did a lot of walking.

Maybe you already know that no vehicles are allowed in Hydra, except for horse-carriages and some motorbikes (by the way, I believe even these few motorbikes should be banned, they create so much unnecessary noise!!). My favourite area in Hydra was the market place and its numerous souvenir shops. I bought some exquisite jewelry and pottery to take back home. A beautiful island only an hour and a half away from Athens!



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Lots of walking
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Hydra is one of the best choices if you want a nice place close to Athens. I would say Agistri and Hydra are the most beautiful islands that are so close to Athens. Hydra is reachable only by hydrofoils, which is good when you want to avoid spending your time in the boats. Unfortunately, in the hydrofoil, you can't feel the wind striking your face.

From the first moments arriving in Hydra, you realize how beautiful it is. White houses built around the port, many cafes and tavernas with the numerous small boats... and lots of donkeys and horse buggies to carry you. The bad thing is... that is really difficult to move and travel outside Hydra Town. The donkeys and horses are the only choice if you don't want to walk, which makes it incredibly difficult to visit places outside the town. Yes, no cars or bikes are allowed. Be prepared for lots of walking then. Not being able to travel that much out of the port area, is the reason I think, that the tavernas and cafes are so expensive... you have no other choices. Same with beaches, not many choices there either.

I'd say you take the boat from the port to the beaches, but don't expect to find anything else than small, rocky coasts. The bar above Hydronetta is fun and gathers nice young people. It seems that most of the activity is located around the port. Find accommodation close to the port because it will be too difficult to carry your bags around. Roads in Hydra are very hilly.



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Relaxing and close
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If you are keen on walking, do not miss Hydra since no vehicles are allowed! Except from one I think that cleans the garbage! When I came back home, I could not stand all this traffic jam. There the only think that I was aware were the donkeys and not to step on their poops!!!
During the day, Hydrabelongs to day-trippers of Athens city but after evening it's all yours, relaxing, and you can walk all the way round the port with an ice cream on your hand as you listen to the music that comes from the local coffee spots with outdoor chairs and tables (take a glimpse at an old small bat that has been smartly converted to a couch even!)
Well as a disadvantage, there were not actually close or easy to access swimming beaches and some spots of the edge areas of the island were insufficient lighted but it so close to Piraeus that you can easily get back and go somewhere else.
Or you can simply take the hydrofoil to Porto Heli, Ermioni or Spetses which have pretty beaches to swim.



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