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Hydra Island Travel Guide: 199 reviews and 597 photos

'St Tropez of Greece'? this island is wildly popular with tourist. Knowing that I am not necessarily a lover of places directly in the midst of the touristic river, why do I like Hydra so? Well, first off, most of the tourists come to Hydra on daytrips out of Athens. They go home in the afternoon and peace returns. The harbor is extraordinarily grand. There are no cars. Spend a few days in Athens and that alone would be worth the price of admission. To avoid the daytrippers, simply wander out of town during the day or catch one of the many boat taxis to assorted and sundry locations around the island.

Hydra didn't really get started until the 15th Century when the first permanent settlers came - refugees from Epirus fleeing the Turks. By the late 1700's, Hydra was a shipbuilding center and home for pirates. Turks were never much good with pirates and they pretty much left the Hydriots alone in return for a ew sailors to serve in their fleets. The island eached its height during the Napoleonic Wars when great fortunes were made by running the blockade of the British. Hydra was one of the rebel centers during the War for Independence in 1821. Their fleet served the Greek cause enthusiastically, terrorizing Turkish fleets.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Grandest harbor in Greece, handsome old homes, flowers, glorious landscapes
  • Cons:Hectic around the harbor in day, expensive, limited accomodation
  • In a nutshell:Why Stay in Athens when Hydra is only an Hour and a Half Away?
  • Intro Updated Apr 17, 2004
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2007 at 2:38 AM

    Beautiful photos and descriptions. I always like places with no cars.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2006 at 1:46 AM

    Hi Mark, I hope to be on Hydra this April - your tips have been very helpful, thanks. fergy.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 2:17 PM

    This looks really beautiful!! I'll have to make an effort one day, and go to Greece!! BTW, excellent page, of course!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 4:20 PM

    Very enticing.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2004 at 12:52 PM

    Your descriptions are enticing. How romantic Hydra seems. You capture the "magic" of the island without daytrippers. Excellent tips that are quite helpful.

  • May 21, 2004 at 3:50 PM

    Hydra, in a nutshell, is magical! You've certainly captured its charm, only wish you could have snagged a picture of one of cute kittens cavorting all over the island!

  • pedersdottir's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2004 at 5:40 PM

    Wish I were there again, at that table overlooking the sea!

  • barrikello's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2004 at 2:42 PM

    Hydra... seems fantastic through your tips... and excellent photos as well.

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 6:23 AM

    Seems like paradise esepcially during middle week days. wonderful photos, thanks for the tips.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2003 at 4:28 AM

    Great page and pics, perfect for a picnic

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