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Hydra Island


Hydra is one of the Saronic Gulf Islands in central Greece.



Hydra is deservedly one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Athens. The port of Hydra has a scenic location in a deep harbor, with whitewashed houses rising on the hills on both sides from an azure blue sea. An enlightened policy of development has meant that there are absolutely zero high-rise houses, cars, or motor-bikes -- the only internal combustion vehicles on the island are the few city-owned trucks and a fire truck -- and while the main port boulevard is packed full of tourists in season, only a few minutes away are quiet back alleys with nary a soul, and many of those visitors are day trippers, leaving the town relatively peaceful by night.



Incidentally, the name has nothing to do with the nine-headed monster of Greek legend; instead, it's an abbreviation of Hydrea, or "spring". The spring has long since run dry, but the name remains.The discreetly cosmopolitan beauty of this island has made it a favorite place for artists and the international jet-set. Hydra is immediately capturing the souls of it's visitors due to it's beautiful rocky landscape and crystal clear waters as well as it's marvelous architecture with total respect to the local tradition that is apparent everywhere that the eye may look. Motor vehicles of any kind, including bicycles are not allowed on the island giving this unique feeling of visiting a place that still lives in a different era.



The only available transportation apart of walking is by mules and by sea taxis.



With easy daily access and only a short distance from Athens, Hydra is ideal for relaxation and beautiful walks through the numerous narrow winding quiet streets of the amphitheatrically build town around the rocky hills enclosing the port and town.



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The discreetly cosmopolitan beauty of this island has made it a favorite place for artists and the international jet-set.
Hydra is immediately capturing the souls of it's visitors due to it's beautiful rocky landscape and crystal clear waters as well as it's marvelous architecture with total respect to the local tradition that is apparent everywhere that the eye may look.
Motor vehicles of any kind, including bicycles are not allowed on the island giving this unique feeling of visiting a place that still lives in a different era.
The only available transportation apart of walking is by mules and by sea taxis.
With easy daily access and only a short distance from Athens, Hydra is ideal for relaxation and beautiful walks through the numerous narrow winding quiet streets of the amphitheatrically build town around the rocky hills enclosing the port and town
 

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Bratsera Hotel
Bratsera was a charmed word of Greek sponge divers of the last century, being the mother ship where they relaxed after solitary hours on the seafloor. After a stay in any large city one will feel the same about the Bratsera hotel on the island of Hydra.

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Saint Nicholas Chapel on the rock
The Chapel of Saint Nicholas on the little rocky island named Saint Nicholas rock
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Downtown typical Hydra street with restaurants and bars.
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