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Below, you will find information about how to get to Hydra by ferry, where to buy your tickets, information about the island and its ports, and many photos.

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Unchanged and with a rich maritime past, the picturesque Hydra in Greece is characterized as the most beguiling island of the Argosaronic Gulf.
Its captivating architecture combined with its multiple points of interest and its natural beauty are the reasons why many prefer it for their summer holidays or weekend excursions.
The island is located opposite the Argolis region, at a distance of about 2 hours from Athens.

HOW TO TRAVEL THERE

The high-speed ferry Speed Cat 1 by Alpha Lines departing to Hydra from Piraeus port


The only way to reach Hydra from Athens is by taking the ferry. Your trip can start either from Athens (Piraeus) or the Peloponnese (Ermioni, Porto Heli, Metochi) if you are on the mainland.
Alternatively, ferries from Poros and Spetses islands reach Hydra, too.
Note: None of the boats going to Hydra have a garage. The island has a ban on wheeled vehicles anyway, so it is not possible to take your car/motorbike or even a bicycle with you.

Ferry Connections

 

The port is connected to Athens, Argolis (region of the Peloponnese) and other Argosaronic islands. There are daily routes from the port of Piraeus in Athens; the same applies to Ermioni and Porto Heli ports in the Peloponnese. A sea bus departing from Metochi also makes multiple crossings to the island daily.
Finally, Spetses and Poros are also connected to Hydra by ferry.

The most popular routes are from:
Athens to Hydra Poros Spetses

 

 

Alternative ways to get to Hydra

 

You can get by car to the small port of Metochi in the Peloponnese and from there take a small sea bus or a water taxi.

Island hopping: Where to go next?

 

Other also picturesque islands of the Argosaronic Gulf are Spetses and Poros. Access to these islands from Hydra is very easy and fast since several schedules are available every day.

What types of ferries travel there?

 

All ferries that arrive in Hydra are exclusively high-speed/catamarans that do not have a garage for vehicles. Most have one seat type, but some offer both economy and business class tickets. In addition, a sea bus and water taxis starting from Metochi sail also to Hydra.

How to book your ferry tickets

 

Booking your ferry tickets is one of the first and most important steps in organizing your holidays in Hydra.
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INFORMATION ABOUT HYDRA

View of the town of Hydra from the sea


Hydra is one of the most cosmopolitan and noble islands of Greece. The impressive mansions, the old port with the bastions and cannons, the monasteries, the museums and the Merchant Marine Academy are the main points that draw visitors’ attention. It has been a favorite destination among glitterati from the 1950s onwards, which is why you will find private yachts moored in the island's port.

Shipping brought prosperity to the island, transforming it from a rocky expanse into an architectural wonder that radiates aristocracy. The occupation of the locals with shipping first started in the 17th century. The beginning of the 19th century was particularly profitable for the island since its location facilitated the wheat trade in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the sailors had begun to acquire fighting skills due to the constant battles with pirates. Because of its background, the island contributed significantly to the Greek Revolution of 1821, providing over 150 ships to the struggle for liberation. In addition, some of the most distinguished figures of the revolution came from Hydra, including the great admirals Miaoulis, Kountouriotis, Tsamados, Tombazis and Sachtouris.

The island has around 2000 permanent residents, mainly occupied with tourism and fishing. The inhabitants hold history and culture in high esteem. For this reason, the island houses many points of interest, including the Historical Archives Museum, the House of Georgios Kountouriotis, which houses the Museum of post-Byzantine Art and History, and the House of Lazaros Kountouriotis which is a branch of the National Historical Museum. The capital and only town on the island is Hydra Town, situated between two hills. The incomparably beautiful city has been declared a protected area and wheeled vehicles are prohibited within it, with people moving around either on foot or donkeys.

The island also boasts lovely beaches that can either be approached on foot or via a water taxi. Hydroneta and Spilia beaches lie within walking distance from Town, while others like Vlichos and Bisti can be reached by water taxis that depart from the port of Hydra.

Best time to visit

 

Most visitors prefer to visit the island during the summer months to take advantage of the long, warm, sunny days. Nevertheless, the island can be considered a year-round destination, as the things to see and do are not dependent on the temperature or the weather in general.

Is the island for you?

 

Hydra can impress any visitor! However, people who want to avoid moving around on foot or are looking for lively nightlife may not enjoy their stay on the island that much.

Sightseeing

 

The most impressive sights include the bastions around the port, the Historical Archives Museum and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Facts

 

Know what you don't know about Hydra!

  • The island’s name originated from the ancient Greek word for “water” due to its abundance of springs during antiquity.
  • The famous film Boy on a Dolphin, starring Sophia Loren, was filmed there. The queen of the Greeks at the time, Frederica of Hanover, was also present at the filming.
  • The renowned songwriter Leonard Cohen bought a house in Hydra in 1960, where he spent seven years of his life.
  • Awe-inspiring events take place annually, such as the sea epitaph on Great Friday and the Miaoulia Fest every June.
  • Noted painters Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall visited the island to capture the town’s charm in paintings.

Photos of Hydra

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Hydra

ABOUT HYDRA PORT

Port description

Located in Hydra Town, the port of Hydra serves all vessels reaching the island. To the right and left, one can admire the picturesque cannons, while the statue of the hero of the Greek Revolution of 1821, Andreas Miaoulis, is the trademark of the port. Various vessels dock next to the paved promenade, from passenger ferries to small cruise ships and private yachts.

The port of Hydra is connected to Athens (Piraeus), Argolis (Porto Heli, Hermioni, Metochi), Poros and Spetses.
Around the port, you will find a variety of cafes, restaurants and accommodations.

Fortunately, due to the car ban, guests do not encounter congestion around the port, even during the high season.

Port Authorities
Address: Hydra 180 40
Tel.: +30 22980 52333
Email: limhydra@otenet.gr

The port of Hydra

Connected ports to Hydra

Athens, Piraeus - Hermioni - Poros - Porto Heli - Spetses

Directions

As no motor vehicles are allowed on the island, the easiest way to move around the island is on foot. There are also taxi boats that sail to some popular beaches around the island.

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Map of port
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