Hydra is a beautiful island located between the Saronic Gulf also known as Gulf of Aegina and the Argolic Gulf. Hydra is separated from Peloponnese by a thin strip of water. Here are some very interesting facts about the island.
Accessing the Island
Hydra cannot be located by flight, and this is one of its charms. Visitors usually board a flight to nearby Athens, then board a ferryboat from Piraeus, the largest port in Greece to the magical island.
Hydra is one of the most amazing places in Greece to engage in some water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving or just swimming. Visitors can also take some time out and just breath in all the salty air by relaxing close to the sea.
Origin of Name
The word ‘Hydra’ was coined from the Greek word which means ‘water.’ It was so named because of the natural springs that are found on the island. Some other historians believed it was the dwelling place of the mean monster, Hydra.
Hydra is popularly referred to as an ‘Unspoiled Island’ because no form of automobiles is allowed on the island. The main form of transportation is through the use of donkeys. Donkey handlers usually welcome tired tourists who troop to the serene island after taking a break from their boisterous lives to find some peace.
Quintessential Tourist Hotspot
Hydra Island is one of the reasons why Greek is a top tourist destination today. The Island was re-discovered in the middle of the 20th century, and it was one of the places that attracted international elites. Alongside Mykonos, which is what discovered with, Hydra is meccas for tourists. The main source of revenue generation for the island is from tourism.
The Island had a significant fleet during the 1700s which comprised of about 130 ships, and it was a thriving place known for commerce and its striking European flare. For this reason, it was popular referred to as ‘Little England.’
Hydra has mainly pebble beaches scattered across. Some of these pebbled beaches include Palamida, Kaminia, and Molos.
The touristy island belongs to a class of Islands called ‘Saronic Islands’ or ‘Argo-Saronic Islands.’ They were so named because they lie on the Saronic Golf. The archipelago comprises of 6 main islands that are inhabited. Of these 6, Hydra is one.
Many affluent foreigners and locals alike have vacation homes in Hydra. It is known as one of the most cosmopolitan islands in the country. If you visit Hydra, there is every probability that you will find many Greek celebrities and their foreign counterparts living on the island.
The island has many monasteries which have been opened to the public for tours. There is also a nunnery, Ag. Efpraxia and an iconic monastery, the monastery of the Prophet Elias. The two religious homes are located at Mount Eros. Visitors are mandated to dress very decently before they are allowed into the monasteries and nunneries.