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About 90 minutes from Piraeus by high-speed ferry, Hýdra (or Ídra) is as popular with Athenians as it is with holidaymakers. It has always had a Bohemian feel to it, and has attracted musicians like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, as well as artists. Today there are several galleries around the attractive and busy little harbor, which was once one of the busiest ports in Greece. The legacy of that time can be seen in some of the captains' mansions that can be seen around the main town, the most impressive being the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion, which is also one of the ones that is open to the public. Hydra isn’t the best island ...

About 90 minutes from Piraeus by high-speed ferry, Hýdra (or Ídra) is as popular with Athenians as it is with holidaymakers. It has always had a Bohemian feel to it, and has attracted musicians like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, as well as artists. Today there are several galleries around the attractive and busy little harbor, which was once one of the busiest ports in Greece. The legacy of that time can be seen in some of the captains' mansions that can be seen around the main town, the most impressive being the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion, which is also one of the ones that is open to the public. Hydra isn’t the best island for beach lovers, though people do enjoy the pebble beaches and rocky outcrops where bathing is possible. It is a good island for walkers, however, and there are tracks leading to some of the old churches and monasteries. One of the curious facts about Hydra is that there are no cars allowed, but then as there isn’t much by way of a road system, there doesn’t seem much point.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and autumn are the best times, as in summer the island can be very busy.