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A haven for the art crowd.
Genuine, discrete and unspoilt, Hydra is easy to access from mainland Greece and is a hotspot for wealthy Athenians, yachties and celebrities.
This is an interesting island with loads of history. The town is full of ancient merchants’ houses set high on the hills above the sea. Donkeys ferry your luggage up and down (as this is the only Greek island to have banned motor vehicles) and water taxis ply in and out of the crescent-shaped harbour.
Chic boutiques and a load of bars and tavernas fill every little alleyway around the quay by the harbour, around which life revolves in the warm summer evenings.
There is fabulous swimming to be had in the deep, clear water, but not many beaches, so it’s best to rent a boat and explore from the sea.
Hydra also has a thriving artist community and is within easy reach of some of the mainland’s finest archaeological attractions.