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Hydra is the most cosmopolitan island in the Saronic Gulf and among the most special Greek islands. While reaching the port, the island looks like a beautiful painting with grey, white and blue colors against the blue sky revealing a unique architecture and picturesque beauty that can be found only in Hydra town. The typical Hydrian mansions bear witness to the economic prosperity of the island, during the late 18th century with their plain exterior and impressive splendor. The best examples of Hydra architecture are the mansions: Kountouriotis mansion, Voulgaris mansion and Tombazis mansion, which are located right on the waterfront.
The stone built houses of Hydra preserve many of the local elements while some of them looking like fortresses. Most of them have high ceilings, large rooms, wonderful frescoes, and marble floors. Rising over the picturesque and curving alleys, the sublime architecture of Hydra awakens amazing feelings to every visitor. The urban houses of Hydra island rest in its traditional settlements surrounded by beautiful small yards and flourishing gardens. The locals used grey stone in order to build their houses, creating a charming contrast with the whitewashed properties that lie in close distance. The fact that no cars are allowed on the island, makes Hydra even more peaceful and unique. Tourists can use the donkey for their walks in the quaint neighborhoods and the beautiful quarters of Hydra.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.