Built in the slope of Saronic gulf, Hydra is an impressive island and one of the most romantic destinations of the country. What is quite special about Hydra island is that cars and other motor vehicles are entirely prohibited, so all visitors can transfer throughout the island on foot, by boat or riding donkeys. Hydra shot to fame in 1956 as the scenery of movie A Girl in Black, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, with an extra fillip in 1957 for hosting Boy on a Dolphin, starring Sophia Loren.
Some mansions once belonging to ships’ captains have become museums. One of these is the Lazaros Koundouriotis inland and up from Platía Vótsi on the westerly hillside. The house operates as an annex of the National Historical Museum.
While the museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra is housed in the mansion of Georgios Kountouriotis. The museum exhibits personal artifacts of the Kountouriotis family, as well as exhibits from the modern history of the island
Beaches on the island are actually small coves with crystal water and green surroundings. Agios Nikolaos, Bitsi, Vlichos and Kaminia are the most beautiful beaches on the island. You can enjoy many fun activities, such as donkey back riding! These tours cover the whole island, and last from one and a half hours to eight. Riders are treated with views of the monasteries to the sandy beaches. As with many locations that offer beaches, Hydra has no shortage of scuba diving environments. The rocky coastline is rich in underwater reefs and caves, providing nice sites around the island.
The diving centers offer open water courses, equipment as well as boats and night diving trips that remain close to the islands. While staying in Hydra you can enjoy a spectacular Greek dinner at Gay friendly Bratsera Hotel & Restaurant and party in the numerous bars in Hydra main area.