Hydra..cosmopolitan and traditional
Cosmopolitan and traditional, Hydra is a traditional destination for every season.
A trip to Hydra means unstoppable walks on foot or with donkeys at the traditional neighborhoods, relaxing drinking your coffee and view towards the port at the cafeterias of the beach, traditional tastes or Mediterranean, fresh fish and seafood at the restaurants of the island for a romantic dinner.
As for your entertainment, the bars are on your disposal with great music and special cocktails.
Surely, Hydra is famous for the tasting, traditional sweets made by love and based on an old secret recipe, that pass from generation to generation...
90 minutes away with the "Flying boat" or 180 minutes with the ferry boat from Pireus port and you will discover walikng around the streets as in the streets there are no cars. Walking on the beach or in the neighborhood with the small streets to admire the lovely manor houses that was built in 1800, from Italian technicians.
The history begins from Herodotus with the name of Hydrea because of the existence of water. The today name came from a small change of the ancient one. Hydra was habilitated at Late Neo-lithic era (3000 - 2600 b.c).
Because of the roughness of the land, people from Hydra turned to the sea and in the end of 18th century, the island was counting 150 ships that were travelling until the Black Sea and west Mediterranean. Particularly important is the contribution in the Revolution of 1821, giving ships and money, at the same time people from Hydra like Miaoulis, Oikonomou, Tombazis were on the first line in the Revolution of 1821.
Worth to see:
- The Historical Museum of Hydra and statue of Miaoulis.
- The Monastery with the castle-townhall, the Metropole and Ecclesiastical museum.
- The manor houses of Pavlos Kountouriotis, Lazaros Kountouriotis and Saxtouris.
- The trustworthy monasteries, such as the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, where Theodoros Kolokotronis was captured, and the Monastery of Agia Eupraxia for women with the exceptional view.
An important event:
«Miaoulia»: took place every year in June, at Saturday that is close to the date of 21 of June. It is about three day events in the honour of Andrea Miaouli, that dedicate his whole life to struggle for the Revolution of 1821. These days at the island you will enjoy the traditional dances, theatrical plays, art exhibitions and the most impresive of all: representation of the naval battle of Geronta and torching the turkish ship with amazing fireworks, in the port of Hydra!
A custom that worths-visiting:
If you visit Hydra at Easter- time, you will live an unique custom. On Great Friday, "the sea epitaph" of Agiod Ioannis , as firstly you will walk around the neighborhood of Kamini, followed by the believers with candles, will end at the sea inside the traditional port Kamini, together with the young men holding the epitaph on the shoulders. This custom is very old and was doing in order to bless the waters and everyone that was travelling to have a peaceful journey.
For your stay in Hydra, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Hydra, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
From the harbour of Piraeus in front of the church of Saint Spyridona leave daily flying dolphins and catamaran, in very frequent itineraries.
The way up to Hydra is approximately about one hour and ten minutes (1,10 ').
By car you can go up to Ermioni. You leave it there and go to Hydra by Flying Dolphin or water taxi.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.