Hydra Island is famous for its contribution to the War of Independence (1821) but was first discovered as a destination for relaxation in the 1950s by a group of artists, like Leonard Cohen and Axel Jensen, who were gibbed by its authentic and magical beauty. So, the island has gained the title of an artist colony giving the island a cosmopolitan and fashionable character.
The grace of Hydra is increased by the fact that all wheeled vehicles are forbidden and the only means of transportation are donkeys and boats. That is why trekking is one of the top activities to do on the island.
The traditional wonderful architecture, the absence of vehicles, the hospitability of the inhabitants, the lively nightlife, and the cosmopolitan flair contribute to the high popularity and the incredible charm of Hydra.
The island of Hydra is not only famous for its scenery and attractions. As mentioned above, the island has played a pivotal role during the Greek Revolution. During the 19th century, Hydra emerged as a formidable maritime power that put its ships in service of the Revolution. The famous revolutionary, Captain Andreas Miaoulis, was one of the Greek heroes and the island still commemorates him by organizing an annual festival in his honor.
The numerous beauties of the island, the way of life, the absence of air pollution, and the local traditions surviving the growth of tourism give Hydra a unique atmosphere and make holidays there an excellent destination for everyone!