Guide to Hydra

Wildly beautiful, meticulously unspoilt and unrivalled in Greek island perfection

As you cruise aboard your luxury charter yacht through the crystalline Mediterranean waters, the port of Hydra opens into a gateway of idyllic ancient Greek island beauty that in every way lives up to its picture postcard reputation.

Situated within the Saronic Islands group, Hydra is one of the triangle of islands that form the new Greek Riviera, the others being Nafplion, Elafonisos, Monemvasia, Spetses, Ermioni and Porto Heli. Together this group offer some of the most breath-taking cruising grounds in the world in addition to fantastic beaches, significant historical monuments and a combination of traditional and cosmopolitan offerings.

This picturesque Greek island is possibly most famous for its public transport – the donkeys. Vehicles of any kind are banned which has ensured the clarity of the air and the wild, untouched atmosphere is unsurpassed when compared to the more popular yachting destinations in the West Mediterranean. Countless coves and hidden bays pepper the craggy coast, whether you choose to explore ashore or just admire the views from the sundeck of your luxury superyacht, Hydra is a must-see stop during a Greece itinerary.

With its name deriving from the Greek word for ‘water’ with which it was named for its many springs, much of Hydra’s timeless appeal is down to building regulations. Majestic grey stone mansions and blindingly white alleys wind through the harbour town which has meant it still maintains its ‘aesthetic perfection’. Life is slow and simple here yet also casually decadent. Every summer, international artists and sharp-eyed collectors come together for cutting edge art shows in the ramshackle high school and slaughterhouse.

Hydra is not specifically known for its beaches compared to those in the Aegean or Ionian islands nor does it boast the buzzing nightlife of Santorini or Mykonos, but the appeal it does hold is truly unique. The tavernas, boutiques and cultural activities on the island that have changed very little over the past few decades create the sense of the ‘real’ Greece and it is easy to see why it continues to attract charterers year after year as superyachts jostle for position in its tiny port.

Reasons to Visit

Unspoilt and undeveloped
Only transport on island is donkey
Annual summer art shows
Idyllic main town
Traditional Greek atmosphere
Hidden bays and coves

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Anchorage

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