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6 reasons to visit Hydra this fall

Hydra ● Saronic islands ● 03 October 2017
 

Maritime heritage, rich history, culture, art and cosmopolitanism. They are all part of the experience in Hydra, the island, which is located close to Athens and attracts visitors all year long. Its well-preserved mansions, the cobbled alleys, the stunning coastline and the superb blue waters make Hydra a timeless choice. With these reasons to visit Hydra this fall, the only thing you want is to book your accommodation in Hydra as soon as possible.

Walk around Hydra Chora

The picturesque architecture of Hydra Chora, with the huge stone-built mansions and the elegant houses of the traditional and protected settlement, which looks like being hidden in its natural harbour, make you feel like seeing a wonderful painting. The houses are standing amphitheatrically on the cliff, and the harbour is full of lovely sailing boats, local shops, restaurants by the sea and bars with cosmopolitan character and vivid nightlife.


The museums of Hydra

The Historical Archive-Museum of Hydra showcases 19th century paintings, 1821 Greek Revolution artefacts, historical manuscripts dating back to the 18th century as well as an impressive photo archive. The Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum of Hydra, which is housed in the old Monastery of the Dormition, exhibits vestments, relics and icons primarily from the 18th century, while in Lazaros Kountouriotis Historical Mansion are on show old furniture and personal artefacts once belonging to the Kountouriotis family, as well as works of art in the traditional Hydra style.

Exhibitions and art galleries

Temporary exhibitions and concerts are staged throughout the year at the Melina Mercouri Hall. The island's old abattoir serves nowadays as the exhibition space of the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, and it hosts annual exhibitions featuring one significant foreign artist this year. In 2017, the project hosts "Figa", a powerful exhibition by the American artist Kara Walker. A similar concept has been adopted by the Hydra Workshop gallery, whose guest this year is Jamian Juliano-Villani, a celebrated New York artist. The Sachtourio High School is hosting its annual modern art exhibition "Hydra School Projects" in a beautiful scenery.

Cuisine in Hydra

The restaurants of Hydra serve exquisite food in a stunning setting. Creative modern Greek cuisine offer restaurants with awarded chefs, such as Techne Restaurant and Social and I Orea Hydra, but you can also find traditional and affordable taverns, such as Kryfo Limani, Xeri Elia and Gitonikon. For fresh fish dishes, Sunset and Pefkaki are recommended, but there are also Italian restaurants, such as Caprice and Gatto Nero.


Seaside spots and bars

For a meal or a cocktail by the sea, Hydroneta is a very popular beach bar-restaurant, but there are also other numerous bars as Hydra has a vivid nightlife. Isalos and Castella are among the all-day spots with a magnificent view of the Saronic Gulf that will impress you.

Shopping

In Hydra, you can find many elegant shops and boutiques, where you can buy nice things, such as clothes, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, souvenirs and gift items. Just make a stroll in the paved streets of Hydra Chora, and you will discover hundreds of items you want to buy as a precious memory of this wonderful island.

Where to Stay

Studio in Hydra, Greece Glaros Guesthouse
Glaros Guesthouse
Hydra, 18040 Hydra, Greece

Glaros Guesthouse is located in the centre of Hydra only a 2-minute walk from the Hydra Port. Mandraki peddle beach is 2 km away.


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