Rising from the turquoise expanse of the sunny Mediterranean, Hydra is the counterpoint of choice for Athenians - who can swap the city chaos for blissful relaxation with an hour’s boat journey. Known for its inspiring celebrity appeal - Leonard Cohen bought a house here in the 60s - Hydra is a pretty island of rising streets, whitewash mansions, and carefree clamour. View more
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Explore the village highlights on foot during this informative walking tour.
This tiny picturesque island made its impact in history as a major force in the Greek War of Independence. Only sparsely inhabited through the aeons, Hydra began to come to life when refugees fleeing the constant struggles between the Ottomans and Venetians decided to take up occupancy here. Due to its strategic location and protected harbor, the building of boats became the logical solution for trade.
Follow your guide as you proceed from the pier in to the town, where you find the Church of the Dormition. Once a true convent it contains splendid icons, chandeliers and offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said that one of the chandeliers was actually stolen from Louis the XIV of France and given to the church.
Next, on to the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra, close to the eastern side of the harbour. It houses a fine collection of portraits and naval oddments, with an emphasis on the island's role in the War of Independence.
Following this visit, you may enjoy staying in town for a refreshment on your own or to browse the unique village shops or return directly to the pier.
Please note: This tour is conducted entirely on foot and involves moderate to extensive walking. There are numerous stairs to negotiate and it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair, Flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and conservative attire are recommended.