Hydra is one of the most picturesque and romantic islands in the Saronic Gulf. As you sail towards the horseshoe-shaped harbour you'll notice stunning stone mansions dotted around the hillsides. These were built from the enormous wealth accumulated in the 19th century from trade and commerce. In its day each mansion would have had its own private church and priest!
Laws now prohibit any new buildings, which do not conform to its traditional and authentic style so Hydra is unhampered by modern architecture. Add to this Hydra's narrow cobbled streets, secluded, shady squares and the fact that the island has banned vehicles (using donkeys and mules instead), you'll not be surprised that Hydra has preserved its distinct atmosphere over the years.
Hydra was first discovered in the fifties and sixties by a group of artists who were attracted by the wonderful light, magnificent sunsets and natural beauty of Hydra. Indeed the island is still home to many artists and photographers today.
Most beaches on the island are pebbly, there is one sandy one on the west of the island (reached by water taxi).
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