Strolling around the picturesque cobbled stone paths and roads of Hydra Town, the capital of the Greek holiday destination of the island of Hydra it is easy to plan your vacation to Hydra and think that you have slipped back into a time warp. For with cars being prohibited, donkeys are used for transportation so in many ways the traveller is stepping back into a time that is less hurried and stressful.
There are virtually no exhaust fumes or sound pollution from motor vehicles and the roads and paths are safe to walk without the fear of getting run over. This is great news for those who like to explore on foot for there are many quaint cobbled alley and paths that will take the wanderer to quaint little corners and attractive houses in traditional Greek architectural style.
The town is built horseshoe-like around the harbour where there are great restaurants, bars and tavernas where a good meal or drink can be enjoyed while watching the busy harbour. Yachts, boats and other marine craft frequently sailing in and out as well as visits by bigger cruise ships.
If you like sunsets then find your way to the hill that looks over the harbour where you will be well rewarded for your efforts with sunsets of unrivalled grandeur and then wend your way back to town for a drink or meal. Nightlife is cosmopolitan though much more reserved and quieter than many other Greek holiday islands which many find a blessing. For those who like to explore inland there are several monasteries and beautiful churches that are worth visiting.
Hydra is one of the Argo-Saronic Islands along with the island Spetses, Poros, Salamina, Agistri, and Aegina and Methena which a small mainland peninsula but grouped with them It is quite near the Peloponnese mainland nestling between Spetses and Poros and can also be reached by ferry from Piraeus and also connects with all the other Saronic Islands. Great days out can be had by catching the ferry to one of these or water taxi to the mainland.
The Hydra coastline is very rocky and most bathing in the sea is done from rocks. The sea is cool and clear and revitalising and wonderful for swimming in. The best places for bathing are between the harbour and Kaminia
Hydra has a good variety of accommodation to suit most tastes and pocket and there are also package holidays and tours that take in Hydra.
For those who like to sample the traditional Greek ways and who are looking for a Greek holiday destination that is picturesque with interesting ways and customs then Hydra is a great choice.