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|
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.|
|At the pretty port of Hydra|
|Sponge - once an important industry|
Greece is, of course, the best!