Hydra (ee-dhr-ah) is truly the gem of the Saronic Gulf and stands alone among Greek islands as the one free of wheeled vehicles.
No cars. No scooters. Just tiny marble-cobbled lanes, exquisitely preserved stone architecture, criss-crossing rural paths and clearand deep waters.
Hydra is famous for its rich culture. Throughout the year you can enjoy numerous art exhibitions and musical festivals, most of which are organized between May and September. You can visit the town’s Sea museum, as well as the small church museum, which is located in the “Assumption of Virgin Mary” monastery. The monastery was built in 1648 and is reconstructed in 1774 after its destruction in a severe earthquake.
Take a walk to the “Profit Elias” monastery, where you can enjoy wonderful views. If you follow the dirt road you will end up on the high plateau of Episkopi. From there following again rural paths you can descend to the west coast of the island where you can explore the traditional fishing villages Kamini and Vlyhos.