Today, the picturesque island of Hydra has been listed as a preserved monument of architecture and history, meaning cars are strictly prohibited. From the 1950s until today, the island’s vibrant tourism industry has given Hydra the well-deserved title of the cosmopolitan capital of the Argo-Saronic Gulf.
Its relaxed charm, stunning architectural masterpieces, beautiful stone-paved streets and picturesque narrow paths offer visitors a truly unique experience year-round, and especially during the summer months.
With myriad exhibitions, special events and activities, culture has a permanent presence on the island. Boat connections with Piraeus, the Peloponnese coast and the other islands of the Argo-Saronic Gulf are frequent and convenient, including ferries, Flying Dolphins, sea-taxis and private yachts.
Hydra is surrounded by incredible beaches to suit every taste:
- Spilia and Ydronetta: Endless diving fun awaits you at the rocks of Spilia and the pier of Ydronetta, near the main port.
- Plakes Vlyhou: A lovely beach with crystal-clear waters, Plakes Vlyhou is near the settlement of Vlyhou, right by the chapel of Agia Paraskevi.
- Mpisti: This small, pebbly beach is surrounded by cliffs and offers a lovely view to the islet of Petasi. The beach is organised and ideal for diving and snorkelling.
- Agios Georgios: This beach is nestled between two pine-clad hills on the western coast of the island, near cape Mpisti.
- Agios Nikolaos: This long beach with pebbles and crystal-clear waters has a scenic background featuring the chapel of Agios Nikolaos set against the lush surrounding hills.
- Mandraki: Hotel Miramare is located on this scenic beach, which features cafés, a tavern, and a beach bar.
- Kaoumithi and Nisiza: These small beaches can be accessed by boat or water taxi. Both feature pebbles as well as sand.
- Limnioniza: The most beautiful beach of the island’s southern coast, Limnioniza is perfect for spear fishing.