Tourist Guide of Hydra island
With rich naval legacy, cosmopolitan character Hydra attracts a lot of Greek and foreigner visitors from each point of the globe.
It is an island where some of the important people of the Greek revolution and public life came from.
Model of architecture and aesthetics constitutes the city of Hydra with the graphic back streets and the mansions, built amphitheatrically around the harbour.
Hydra, is an island of the Northern Myrtoou Seas, that are found in small distance by the south-eastern coasts of Argolida, westwards from the entry of Saronic Gulf.
Hydra is a historical island, acquaintance from the naval fight at the Turks, in the revolution of 1821. In the modern times it constitutes one of the most developed tourist islands of the Mediterranean, with an intense cosmopolitan character. It has an elongated form, with address Δ.ΝΔ.- Α.ΒΑ length 18 kilometres and biggest width 5. It's extent reaches the 49,6 square kilometres and length of the coasts about 56 kilometres.
Hydra is a rocky mountainous island with low vegetation, while you can find a few small pine forests. Characteristic is also the lack of water, which is transported with water wagon ship from the land of Peloponnese.
Higher tops of island are the Klimakio (or 'Love), with altitude of 590, at the centre of the island, and Gerakina, with altitude of 346, at the south-western point.
The coasts of Hydra are mostly abrupt and rocky, with rich horizontal and vertical territorial dismemberment. You can find very few small sandy beaches. At the western utmost the island is the cape Mpisti, in the north-western coasts the bights of Saint Nikolaos and Molos, while in the northern the bight of Hydra, in mycho which is built the homonym town of, and the bight Mandraki.
In the north-eastern department of the island there is the cape Kastevas, the bight Ledeza, the capes Mpretista and Maiati and the bight of Zodochos pigi that leads at the south-eastern utmost of the island, where is found the cape Zoyrbas or Zoyrba, while in south-eastern you can find the bights Zoo and Avlaki, the Cape Mavri Myti, the bight Limioniza, the capes Tsigkari and Saint Petros, the bight and the cape Riga. Finally, in the southerners takes shape the Cape of Saint Ioannis and in the south-western point the Cape of Saint Konstantinos.
Westwards Hydra is found the island Dokos from which it is separated with the Narrow Petasi.
Between Hydra and Dokos there are the islands Petasi and Pontikos or Pontikonisi. In the north-western side of the island, near the bight of Molos, is found the island Kivotos and at the Eastern the islands Palamida and Kamini. Southern of Hydra are found the islands Tsigkri, Alexandros (or Platonisi), Ventza, Karteli, Disakia and a bit further the islands Stroggylo, Plateia, Drapio and Trikeri.
The climate of Hydra is dry Mediterranean, with extended summer and soft winter, at the duration of which the temperature very infrequent approaches 0° C, while the phenomenon of snowfall is almost unknown. The very little rains are marked from November up to the dues of March. The dry climate, however, constitutes one of the basic factors for the big tourist movement that presents the island.
Unique town on the island is Hydra. At the rest of the island there are only small settlements, as e.g. Blychos in western, the Episkopi at the south-west and Mandraki at East. In the interior of island exist, however, enough monasteries, as they are Saint Efpraxias, the Prophet Ilia, Saint Matroni, Saint Nikolaos, the Saint Trinity and the Birth of Virgin Mary.
The island has rich naval history and the shipping with the trade was the traditional occupation of its very few residents, before the tourism overshadows, mainly in the past few years, each other economic activity. Characteristic is that the entire island has been declared preservable and cars are prohibited.
In the municipality also belongs the settlements Blychos, Episkopi, Mandraki, Abbey of Saint Efpraxias, Abbey of Saint Trinity, Abbey of Saint Nikolaos, Abbey of Birth of Virgin Mary Zoyrbas, Abbey of Prophet Ilia, Molos, Palamidas and the islands Saint Ioannis, Saint Nikolaos, Dokos, Platonisi, Stavronisi and Trikeri.
The tourist life of island assembles the town of Hydra. It is built on two low rocky hills, at the north-central department of island, in mycho the homonym bight, with altitude 20. There is found also the only harbour of the island.
Hydra is particularly graphic and maintains up to today the traditional architecture. There are many imposing mansions with traditional roofs, small courtyards and peculiar internal decoration, with small pavements with slabs alley.
The town has rich naval history. Today, however, it is almost exclusively a big tourist centre that assembles crowd of visitors at the summer months. It allocates enough hotels and rented rooms, that do not always suffice for the needs of the tourist period, as well as restaurants, confectioneries and centres of amusement. At it's very small port there are small and big ships of recreation and cruise ships. As you can imagine most of the residents deal with the professions that have a relation to the tourism.
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.