In the heart of the Saronic island group, Hydra is an excellent choice for a short trip from Athens! The picturesque island is full of elegant mansions and historical points of interest. It has also been a filming location for the "A Girl in Black" and "Boy on a Dolphin" movies and the main holiday destination of the renowned singer Leonard Cohen, who owned a house in Town.
Another interesting fact about the island is that no cars are allowed on it, keeping the atmosphere as quaint and serene as it can get!

Our travel guide will provide everything you need to know, including information about the top hotels, restaurants, beaches, landmarks, and a list of the best things to do. You can also have a look at our collection of photos from all around the island!

To get to the island, you have to take a ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens. Having ferry connections with other destinations in the Saronic Gulf, including Poros and Spetses, Hydra makes a great place for island hopping!


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Hydra is hands down one of the most quaint Greek islands! Located in the Saronic Gulf and pretty close to Athens, Hydra is ideal for all visitors who want to plan a getaway in a tranquil yet enchanting environment!

The charming atmosphere of the island has seduced many international jet setters, making it a retreat for famous personalities, like Leonard Cohen, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and many more!
Elegant stone mansions, donkeys walking around the narrow alleys, churches, and little shops set a picturesque waterfront scenery that seems straight out of a fairytale!
Given that there are no cars on the island and people usually get around by foot, its roads lack traffic and fumes.

One of the best things to do there is to visit the museums.
The Byzantine Museum, the Historical Archive Museum, the Post-Byzantine Art and History Museum and the National Historical Museum are some of the best!

Moving away from the main town, you will discover picturesque villages, such as Kaminia and Vlichos, where you can immerse yourself in the traditional aspect of the island.
Don’t skip sitting at a traditional tavern to taste fresh fish and local delicacies!

As for the island's beaches, they are the ideal places to escape the summer heat! The most famous and busy ones are Vlichos, Kaminia, Bisti, and Agios Nikolaos, which can be reached by boats departing frequently from the main town!

All in all, if you relish elegant destinations, you will fall in love with Hydra !

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Almost all of the hotels in Hydra are located in the island's capital. Nestled in the town's picturesque neighborhoods or located only a few steps away from the shore or the port, many of the hotels are housed in traditional buildings and have a very elegant design.
You will mainly find hotel rooms, apartments, and guesthouses.

Some of the most popular hotels are:
HydreaMandraki Beach ResortHydroussaFour Seasons


The island is only accessible by ferry. There are ferries to Hydra from Piraeus port in Athens but also from other islands of the Saronic islands and even from Peloponnese. The closest airport to Hydra is in Athens.
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Discover the highlights of Hydra to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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  • The picturesque Town
    Hydra Town is among the most picturesque places in Greece. Its elegant stone mansions sit on the slopes of a hill around the port. Paved narrow streets cross this town.
  • Vlichos Beach
    Right next to Kaminia lies the lovely beach of Vlichos, with black pebbles on the shore and crystal waters. It is an organized beach, ideal for a day under the sun.
  • Kaminia Village
    Kaminia is a beautiful village with vibrant colors and a small fishing port. It is reachable via a short hike from Hydra Town. Many fish taverns are located there.