Hydra is a one-of-a-kind destination, a place where tradition is respected and preserved. One of the Mediterranean’s most cosmopolitan islands, Hydra attracts a large number of visitors from Greece every year, due to its proximity to Athens, as well as from abroad.
The island is embraced by high mountains, rocky outcrops and pine forests reflecting their colours into the crystal clear waters. Idyllic and breathtaking views of Hydra’s nature make your visit an out-of-time experience underlined by the absence of vehicles and its slow rhythm.
The island has been inhabited since the New Stone Age (3000-2600 B.C) and in more recent history during the 19th century Hydra played a crucial role in the Greek revolution providing the state with its numerous merchant naval forces. Hydra has been the home of many prominent and wealthy Greek families, their history nowadays echoing through the architecture which reveals a different way of living, elegant and rich yet simple. A walk through Hydra’s picturesque alleys is enough to convince one of its beauty and high level aesthetics. The city is amphitheatrically built offering mesmerizing views from each and every spot where you might find yourself.
Hydra was thrown into the international spotlight during the 1950’s when many films were made here and it has remained there ever since. It has been a shelter and a source of inspiration for many artists, poets and actors over the years. Today it is considered a must-see destination for contemporary art lovers.