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Sightseeing in Hydra Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece famous for its incomparable architecture and indescribable nature. Vehicular traffic is completely absent on this wonderful island, so locals move exclusively on donkeys and horses, making the place even more interesting and attractive for travelers. Fans of excursions, beaches and hiking would enjoy vacations there, as the island is rich in historical sites and natural landmarks.
Hydra Island has no big hotels usually offered by popular resorts. Guests of the island can rest at incredibly comfortable villas, as many popular hotels are set up in amazing old mansions. … Open
Despite the fact that the island of Hydra is relatively small, there are about 300 churches and 6 ancient monasteries, which served as fortifications and saved the lives of thousands of people during the war. It’s worth to start your acquaintance with historical sights with a walk around the port area; the entrance to the port is crowned with beautiful bastions. For many years they were defending the island from invaders and became its permanent characters.
Near the port area there is a lovely building with a facade of marble and rare wood; today it’s home to the Historical Archives Museum. Its walls house an extensive collection of unique historical documents, hundreds of priceless archaeological findings and art objects with a long history. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Hydra isn’t characterized by an abundance of large-scale beaches, but guests can choose from one of the picturesque bays. Most noisy beaches are in close proximity to the port area, … Open
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church is considered to be one of the most beautiful among religious attractions. It’s located in close proximity to the coast, at the picturesque rocky terrain. As this religious landmark is close to the most popular beach of Hydra, the church is visited by all the guests of the island. No less impressive religious monument is the Church of St. Constantine that is one of the youngest churches on the island. The church was built near the center of Hydra, on a high hill with magnificent panoramic view of the surroundings.
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Other important symbols of the island are its magnificent old mansions built in the 17th - 19th centuries. Many of them are available to visit; the atmosphere of the past centuries is completely restored there. Each house is a real museum with priceless artifacts, including antique furniture, beautiful paintings and tapestries, carpets and mosaics. The mansion of Lazaros Kountouriotis is especially remarkable among many historic buildings; it’s one of the most spectacular architectural monuments of the island. The amazing house of Count Alexei Orlov also enjoys attention of tourists. Now it’s converted into a lovely national restaurant.
Hydra Island has no big hotels usually offered by popular resorts. Guests of the island can rest at incredibly comfortable villas, as many popular hotels are set up in amazing old mansions. … Open
One of the most interesting cultural places of the island is Melina Mercouri gallery. It houses a rich collection of paintings by prominent local artists; the gallery has become a regular venue for a wide variety of cultural events. Exhibitions and workshops on national crafts, as well as enchanting concerts and theatrical performances are often held there. Fans of exciting excursions should definitely visit the Byzantine Museum and see its priceless archaeological finds that were discovered by scientists on the island. Those fond of natural attractions won’t be disappointed too. The entire island is the amazing natural reserve, and modern activities don’t violate natural splendor of Hydra.
The charming island with untouched nature is an ideal location for beachside recreation. Spilia is the loudest and most popular beach of the island. It is located not far from the port area of the capital, so vacationers can not only swim or sunbathe but also enjoy various entertainments. They are welcome to relax peacefully or visit one of the several sports centers and try scuba diving. Water is deep near this part of the coast, so Spilia is not the best choice for tourists with children.
Hydra isn’t characterized by an abundance of large-scale beaches, but guests can choose from one of the picturesque bays. Most noisy beaches are in close proximity to the port area, … Open
Family vacationers prefer to relax on another beach, Hydronetta. This is a shallow coastal area that becomes warm already at the start of the tourist season. Not far from the beach, vacationers will find interesting historical landmarks, visits to which will make any vacation more exciting and diverse. Avlaki Beach is a true landmark of Hydra. Giant rocks have made this beach internationally famous. When the sun goes down, an eye-catching illumination lights up the stones – everyone will be delighted to see such a mesmerizing view. In recent years, numerous discos and bars have appeared on the beach, so young people particularly enjoy spending their time there.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Hydra Island
♥   Castle 'Markellos Tower' Aegina, 44.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Palamidi' Nafplion, 63.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Acronauplia' Nafplion, 63.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bourtzi' Nafplio, 64.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tiryns Castle' Acropolis of Tiryns, 65.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Hydra Island
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Schinia Marathona' , 102.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Hydra Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Waterfront of Nafplion

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
Along the huge embankment you will see several rows of slim palms and ornamental plants. These decorations look amazing and adore both – tourists and locals. Visitors have a great range of various amazing entertainments. They can choose from the most interesting walk excursions or even order the boat excursions to Bourtzi Fortress. Waterfront of Nafplion is a lively, outstanding and crowded place in the town. … Read further
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