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Hydra is "best island for sophistication" according to the Sunday Times Travel Section. It is one of the more unusual Greek Islands. It is a rock with limited vegetation and few beaches, but has a unique town which has been fascinating visitors from all over the world since the 60's. This cosmopolitan island has been attracting the rich and famous for over 30 years.

 

Hydra became a major naval power in the 18th century and played a critical role in the War of independence in 1821.
The wealth of the local shipowners was reflected in their stately mansions, which can be seen in the well preserved town.
Many of these centuries-old mansions have been transformed into stylish hotels and private villas.

Hydra is a popular cruise destination and a highlight on many yachting itineraries.
In Hydra, you will certainly enjoy walking in town and past the harbor, where luxurious yachts offer a glamorous view.
The town features many shops including jewelry stores and art galleries.
Here, you can also taste the magnificent almond based sweets and other delicious treats of the Greek cuisine.

 

Beaches:

When it comes to swimming, you will find tiny beaches out of the town.
Also some rocks along the shore have been transformed into bathing platforms, especially at Kaminia, Molos and Vichos south of the port and at Mandraki.
For visitors with a boat, a trip round the island with stops in the stunning coves on the east coast is well worthwhile.
The two, best beaches can be found on the southern coast and these are Agios Nikolaos and Mpisti.

Shopping:

Hydra has an impressive variety of goods to offer shoppers, from top designer labels and exquisite jewelry to fine antiques and high quality leather goods.

 

Night-life:

Hydra offers a wide variety of popular nightclub, bar, and dancing club (e.g. "Pirate Bar", "Amalour", "Heaven", etc). At the beaches of Hydra you will find beach bars for a iced drink or a snack.

 

Places to eat:

There is a wide choice of seafood taverns (e.g: "Kontilenia", "Vigla" taverns in Kamini), enjoying nice sea views (especially during the sunset) and cosy restaurants (e.g: "Caprice" restaurant in the harbor).

 

Transportation on the island:

The main mode of transportation on Hydra are water taxis and donkeys, as there are no cars allowed on the island.

How to get there:

By Hydrofoil and Ferry-boats From Piraeus (35 N.M), Spetses, Poro, Nafplio, and Peloponese via Ermioni.
Travel agencies organize daily cruises from Piraeus to Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses By yacht.

Transfer from Athens/Piraeus or Zea ports to Hydra Island Greece is made by a regular hydrofoil service.
There are two types of hydrofoil.
The flying catamarans are bigger and more roomy, they have a first class section as well as standard seating.
The flying dolphins are smaller and only have one class of seating. Dolphins and cats provide the quickest way of getting to the island, taking about 1.5 hours or less if it doesn't stop at other islands on route.
Timetable, Prices and On-line Booking can be made via www.dolphins.gr
The dolphin website has the most up-to-date timetable and all prices shown.
Main Athens Telephone number for bookings and enquiries +30 (0)10 419 9200 or on Hydra +30 (0)2980 53812.

If you would prefer a more leisurely transfer from Athens to Hydra you can take a ferry from Piraeus. The crossing takes about 3.5 hours.
Timetable & Ticket Prices: Piraeus to Hydra 08:00 (and 14:40 in high season) cost approximately Euro EUR 6.46 p/p.
Hydra to Piraeus 14:30 (and 18:15 in high season) cost approximately EUR 6.75.

In summer, there are frequent connections with Piraeus, as well as worthwhile day-excursions to the islands of: Poros, Aegina, Spetses and to the harbors of Ermioni, Nafplio and Porto Heli.

Useful Telephones for Hydra
Hydra Port Authorities:( + 30 298) 52279

 

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