Hydra Town

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Hydra Town: Hydra town is the capital and main harbour of the island of Hydra. It is a wonderful little town, hidden in a small, natural harbour which is only visible from a perpendicular angle. The settlement of Hydra Town has been declared to be a traditional and protected settlement, full of beautiful mansions built during the 19th century by wealthy ship owners and merchants.

The traditional houses are standing very close one to another, spreading on two rugged hills, separated between them by narrow whitewashed stone paved streets and alleys. They have beautiful tile roofs and bright coloured windows, doors and loggias walls, which add a splash of colour on the ochre and grey thick stone walls. The whole town is a true jewel, unspoiled by any modern architecture or huge hotel complex.

Here the traditional architecture is highly protected and there is a law prohibiting any new construction which is not built according to the traditional and authentic colour and style. Hydra Town is a little oasis where any kind of motorised vehicle is forbidden and where transportation is effectuated by donkey.

During the 17th century, the town centre was in the area of the today old town of Kiafa, which slowly extended, moving down to the seashore. Kiafa is the most populated area, standing high up above the port, with the oldest buildings of the island. The view from the area of Kiafa is really astonishing. The beautiful three-storey bell-tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin (Kimissis tis Theotokou), one of the oldest building of Hydra (built in 1643), stands in the middle of the capital, overlooking the town.

An interesting museum and some old mansions are worth-visiting. Souvenir shops and cafes are housed in the old warehouses and in the modest seamen's houses which line the waterfront. Behind the first row of buildings more shops and cafes can be found, scattered around the whitewashed streets and alleys.

The main street is called Odos Miaoulis and is extending in a ravine cut into the mountain during prehistoric times by the sea and today boarded by a small stone wall.

In Hydra Town, visitor will find rooms for rent, small hotels housed in renovated old mansions, shops, banks, pharmacies, a hospital, a police department and all the other needed facilities. The sunsets from the capital of Hydra are astonishing and unforgettable. The picturesque and traditional atmosphere of Hydra Town is mixed with a cosmopolitan air and an exiting nightlife, which makes the town a unique place and one of the most beautiful towns of the Aegean.

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Alexandra Guesthouse

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The traditional Alexandra Guesthouse is just a short distance from the port of Hydra, about fifty meters from the point of departure of the ships. It was recently renovated and opened in July 2010. It is located in the heart of the city and just outside the bustling port area. It combines direct and fast access to the cosmopolitan beach of the island with the opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquility that distinguishes Hydra as a tourist destination.

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Alkionides pension is only three minutes away from the Hydra's harbour. It is built in traditional style with ten comfortable bedrooms equiped with bathroom, television, refrigerator, kettle for coffee or tea and air-condition. In the blooming garden you can enjoy your coffee or refreshments. Rooms are available all year round. Enjoy your holidays in a warm, friendly and relaxing environment.

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Athina Guesthouse

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The six spacious rooms are set in a traditional stone building overlooking the city of Hydra and feature a paved courtyard that can accommodate you.

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