An hour away from Athens...A lifetime away from reality.
Forget about the Jet-Set - on the Greek island of Hydra, it's all about luxury liner living - one look at the port of Hydra says it all. Hydra has been a favoured holiday destination of the artists and glitterati of Europe and the U.S. since the 1950's (when incidentally, Sophia Loren visited Hydra to film Boy on a Dolphin). Just a hop, skip and a one hour boat ride away from Athens, get lost in the art, history and beauty of Hydra.
Historically, Hydra was a haven for artists and intellectuals, including famed writer Henry Miller. This bohemian flair has remained on the island, which is now as much a part of the Summer art calendar as Art Basel and Biennales around Europe. Contemporary art is alive and thriving on the island, with many galleries and art-houses scattered throughout the island, such as Hydra Workshop - a waterfront art space known for its artsy soirees.
Perhaps Hydra's greatest charm is the fact that there are no cars on the island. Modes of transport are limited to water taxi, donkey (both of which are readily available at the port) and your own, wandering feet.
Homer St Hydra Highlights:
SWIM, EAT, REPEAT
Water taxis take you to swimming spots around the island, like the pebbled, pine-tree-shaded Cape Bisti.
You can also catch a water taxi to Vlichos beach and take a dip in the clear water before having lunch at the beachfront taverna that adjoins the Four Seasons. The fresh seafood, fried zucchini and bouyiourdi (spicy baked feta) will set you up for that only-on-holidays post-lunch siesta.
At night, the town's quaint streets are filled with the sound of chatter, glasses chinking together, and children playing. It's a small island, with a cluster of tavernas in town, creating an intimate atmosphere. Sit down for dinner and wine at Xeri Elia, a family-run taverna, and enjoy dinner with the regulars.
SLEEP IN STYLE
If you book a hotel deep into the heart of the town, be prepared to walk or hitch a ride with one of the obliging donkeys.
Our favourite hotel on the island is the Bratsera Hotel - an old sponge factory converted into a minimalist boutique hotel.
DON'T FORGET TO..
Leave some space in your bags for the beautiful gifts and home wares you’ll find at the boutiques in town (don’t get started too early, they open late!).
Visit neighbouring island Spetses, known for swimming and snorkelling. A fun and refreshing day trip!
Take a short walk from the port to Spilia beach bar . Take a dip, lounge on a deckchair and sip on Mojitos while watching the sun set. Greek island holiday Bliss!