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Hydra History Background
In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea, which was a reference to the springs on the island. In the interior of the Island have been found traces of ancient living quarters, according to archaeological excavations that took place in the location of "Episkopi".
Hydra was used as a service station for the Greek navy, and as a result, it starred in the sea commerce with neighboring countries and in communications. Towards the end of the XVIIIth century, Hydra was blooming in export trade and commerce. It was that time which people of Hydra took advantage of the English-French war and earned for themselves great profits, by controlling the sea commerce
The Hydrian fleet dominated the sea during the seven year war with the Turks, contributing this way to the liberation of Greece, sacrificing many human lives, battleships and money.
Miaoulia, celebrated in memory of Admiral Miaoulis, is one of the most popular events in Hydra. It takes place every year near the end of June, during the festivities of the Nautical Week. Festivities include boat races, sailing-races and swimming contests. The highlight of the celebrations is the representation of the setting on fire of the Ottoman fleet flagship and the burning of fireworks during the last day, which attracts many visitors to the island.
Miaoulia festival (3)
As darkeness comes and after the welcome speech from the Mayor (which can last long…), a small band of local men in traditional dress, board a small boat. Then all the lights of the town and harbour are switched off as they make their way to the Ottoman ship replica under loudly played music. Their task is to blow it up as noisily as possible but to make a quick getaway so they don't get blown up at the same time . There are already firewoks inside the ship so the explosion is noisy but attractive. The cannons round the port roar out as the ship explodes and this is the signal for the fireworks to begin (which can last for some time)
Beautiful stone windmills with coloured roofs as well as wonderful churches and chapels complete the architecture of the island.
If you will have enough forces to reach the most western extremity of the quay, you will see two remarkable windmills. Basically, you already saw them when your boat or cruise ship entered into the bay of Hydra.
They are well visible on the Western Cape. Therefore, having noticed windmills, I still being by the ship have made a decision necessarily to approach to them closer. Several photos were my rewards!
It is situated at the co-name hotel and serves traditional Greek dishes and enjoyable Mediteranean cuisine. You can also have a light meals by choosing from the great variety of dishes served by its buffet.
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