Out of all the beautiful islands in Greece that have opened up to tourism, none remains more unspoiled than the island of Hydra. The main factor for that is that there are no cars on the island, except for a handful of municipal vehicles that are used for getting around.
The city is beautiful from the first sight you get at it, when the steep cliffs of the island give way to a perfectly-shaped horseshoe bay where 18th century architecture surrounds the harbor and accentuates the beauty of the clock town of the Church of the Dormition which dominates the skyline.
The attractions on the island are few but spectacular. The locals boat 365 churches, one for every day of the year, but the most impressive is the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary by the waterfront with the large clock tower. It was built with marble blocks taken from the Temple of Poseidon on the island of Poros. There are also some very nice beaches around the island, but be careful as some are private. It’s better to ask the locals before taking any plunges into the waters.
Accommodation can be made at any of the small yet beautiful hotels around town which reside in restored 19th century buildings. Although most of the people who come here on the island already own a house or just come here for the day, you’ll find that the conditions are acceptable in most venues.
Eating out is generally done at the restaurants along the waterfront, although dishes here aren’t the cheapest nor are they the tastiest, but instead they offer lovely views of the harbor and the bay, plus all the exposure you get, which is enough for some people to want to sit down and eat here.
The nightlife is very lively on the island of yacht charter Hydra and it’s one of the main reasons people come here. There are many bars and clubs which sometimes never last more than one season. There is live music, loud music, plenty of drinking and plenty of people looking for a good time. You just need to find the place that suits you best.