Hydra, Greece in October

The pretty island of Hydra is just an hour or so by ferry from Piraeus, the port of Athens. During our visit in October, temperatures were moderate - with no rain. The tourist crowds of summer were gone by mid-October, so this was a perfect time to visit.

Hydra does not allow motorized vehicles on the island. There are no cars, no trucks, no buses - so the air is clear and fresh and the town is quiet. Mules stand ready at the port to move goods around the island. This absence of cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses makes Hydra unique. 

Sunset behind Hydra town, Greece
The town of Hydra rises up gracefully from the charming seaside port. Restaurants serving traditional Greek dishes are scattered throughout the town. Some have sea and sunset views. Unless you stay on the wharf, be prepared to climb up and down cobbled steps in Hydra. 

We watched interesting quayside hustle and bustle from the relaxing cafe, Oraia Hydra, where we enjoyed delicious Greek dishes served right on the dock.  Had we stayed longer than 4 days in Hydra, we would have, no doubt, ended up at Oraia Hydra every afternoon for a seafood snack and a glass of local wine.

There are long walking trails along the coast on either side of the town. More vigorous hikes take you up into the higher parts of town and beyond. 
Hydra, Greece - no cars allowed

Hydra, Greece - hike along the coast, or up in the hills
"Like a bird, on a wire" Leonard Cohen wrote the beloved song on the island of Hydra.
Hydra is one of those unique places most travelers hope to visit. It's easy to get to by boat, with a beautiful port. There's a few beaches, decent shopping for tourists, tons of restaurants, lovely sunsets, good hiking and fine people.  Hydra has an interesting history, too,  which includes some challenging times for the residents. Check it out.

At the pretty port of Hydra
Sponge - once an important industry

Greece is, of course, the best!