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More about Hydra Island
local man on donkey
Vlichos from above
detail of farmacy
isnt it great from up there?
Itinerary for a day's visit
Itinerary appreciated re walks, siteseeing, reasonably priced restaurants, etc. Thanks
Re: Itinerary for a day's visit
DAO's right. Town itself is cute, there's a steep pathway up to the Monastery or there are tracks along the coastline (rocky) - turn left at the ferry - 30 minute walk will bring you to a small beach: turn right at the ferry and it will bring you to the small bay and village of Kamuni.
Hydra is one of the more expensive Greek islands - Mavramartis in Kamuni is good and reasonable, as is Phillipa's Creperie in Hydra (up the hill from the port). Big favourite for travellers/tourists is Captain George (in the alleyways). If you want to be on the harbour itself, try Isagari's (left from the ferry, but all of 2 minutes from it!)
Re: Re: Itinerary for a day's visit
Check my Hydra page...
Tons of things to do... like talk to the donkeys.. the seagulls.. there are a couple of cats that still miss me.
Ah... very important.. you could stare at the boats passing by... and ejoy the colours...
Restaurant? Try Manolis... got a tip on this somewhere... you will not have to apply for a second mortage is you go there.
Travel Tips for Hydra Island
Swimming on Hydra.
Swimming on Hydra is mainly from the rocks as there are few beaches and they are not with fine sand.
The swimming there is good though as there are many big flat rocks to lie on and you have latters going down in to the ocean, so you can get back ashore very easily.
The sea around Hydra is crystal clear and swimming there is pure joy.
The architecture of Hydra is really unique and exceptional; it is the only place in Greece with so many beautiful XVIII-th century and XIX-th century buildings. The characteristics of the traditional and unique architecture of Hydra come from the mixture of design and necessity; heavily influenced by the Italian palaces and loggias that the sailors saw during their numerous trips abroad.
A stroll through the town's picturesque cobble stone streets will convince you of its uniqueness.
The unique and beautiful architecture of Hydra is protected by a law from the national preservation order, which states that any new building must be made according to the traditional architecture of the 18th and 19th century, conform to the traditional and authentic colour and character, therefore no modern development, high rise apartment buildings or large hotel complex can spoil the natural environment and the traditional architecture.
International Festival of Puppet Show
Every July takes place in Hydra the International Festival of puppet show. It's a non-profit festival
and it is done with the Kind cooperation of Sweden. The actors don't get paid and the audience, who come to see the marvelous plays, do not pay for a ticket. It is a very interesting and beautiful festival which has got many supporters,
Iacovos Tombazis Mansion
The best examples of Hydra’s architecture are the Koundouriotis mansion, the Voulgaris and the Tombazis mansions which are located on the western waterfront.
This massive four storied building on the west side of Hydra Harbour, today houses the annex of the School of Fine Arts of Athens.
Iacovos Tombazi was the First Admiral of the fleet of Hydra (before Andreas Miaoulis).
I would name Hydra a kingdom of donkeys and cats. About donkeys I have already written in my Transportation Tip. Their presence on the island basically is clear. But why are there such an amount of cats?
I have photographed this stage in the city centre at the main mooring. Thus I tried, that all cats would simultaneously got in an objective, but it was not possible. About the same amount of cats have remained for the staff. It is a pity, I won't be able to send them a photo!