Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time.
Hydra is a yachting paradise, as every summer groups of sailing boats moor at the harbour, where they are joined by dozens of sensational motorboats and yachts.
It’s worth mentioning that Hydra became famous all over the world thanks to the film “Boy on a Dolphin”, shot on the island in 1957 with Sophia Loren leading the starring role.
You can explore Hydra’s beaches:
- Mandráki: During the War of Independence it was used as a harbour but today it is an organised beach with excellent water sport facilities.
- Vlychós: A beach covered with pebbles at Vlychos holiday resort.
- Limnióniza: Many people consider it as the most beautiful beach on the island. You can enjoy a swim in its turquoise water!
- Ayios Nikolaos: A sandy beach, on the west of the island.