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Widely considered as one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Hydra makes up part of the Saronic Islands and is one of the closest of its kind to Athens, taking only two hours to get there by ferry from Piraeus.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of this stunning little paradise is that there are no cars or motor vehicles on the island, aside from garbage trucks and ambulances. The main method of transportation here are the delightful mules and donkeys, as well as the water taxis.
Its rustic beauty has attracted world-famous musicians like Leonard Cohen, celebrities like Sophia Loren and travelers of all kind who seek inspiration and never end up leaving.
Its fascinating history began in the 18th century when Hydra was incredibly prosperous because of its commercial fleet which traded to countries like Spain, France, and America. While the Napoleonic wars were taking place, it was the Hydriots which fed the hungry of France and Spain by breaking through the English blockades.
They also played a major role in the 1821 War of Independence, 3contributing a significant amount of ships and resources in the fight against the Ottoman Empire; their fleets were powerful and took part in crucial sea battles.
Today, it prospers due to its flourishing tourism and is a coveted destination for seekers of romance and beauty.
I have been to Hydra many times as a day trip from Athens. Recently I had the chance to spend three days on the island with Travel Bloggers Greece. Here are a few things to do in Hydra either as a day trip or as a longer vacation.
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10 Things to Do in Hydra Island, Greece