Hydra consists of the islands of Hydra, Dokos and some uninhabited islands. The central location is "Hydra harbor". It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which there is a string of restaurants and shops for tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and out of the harbor area. Most of the local homes and hotels on the island are on these streets. Other small villages on the island are Mandraki, Kamini, Vlychos, Palamidas, Episkopi and Molos. There are no real roads on the island and motor vehicles are prohibited. There are two garbage trucks on the island. These are the only motor vehicles allowed. Hydra is a paradise for those seeking silence.
Leonard Cohen moved to Hydra in the early 60's when there was neither electricity nor telephone. He wrote some of his best songs here. Among other things, parts of the famous Bird on a wire.
The easiest way is to fly scheduled flight to Athens or an air chair with a charter company.
You can easily get from Piraeus in Athens to Hydra by boat. From Athens airport, take bus X96 to Piraeus where you buy a boat ticket directly on the quay. You can pre-book tickets to the speedboats as they may be fully booked some days. Timetable and booking HERE
Profitis Ilias Monastery A monastery 500 meters up on Mount Eros. Built in 1813 by the monk Ierotheros. The path begins behind the church of St. Constantine. Follow the path straight ahead. Rough shoes and early mornings are recommended. About 2 hours walk at a slow pace. Fantastic view Church of St. Constantine Beautiful church with a relaxing courtyard. Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion National History Museum. Convent of Agios Matronas The Women's Refuge was founded in 1865 and is located 290 meters above the town of Hydra with a wonderful view of the city and the harbor. A 2 km long walk leads here, beginning at the end of Miaouli Street, where you turn left. (The road to the right leads to Profitis Ilias.) Rough shoes are recommended.