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About Hydra

The island of Hydra (in Greek meaing ‘ water’ - a reference to its natural springs) rises dramatically out of the Aegean Sea. Lying 37 nautical miles from Piraeus and an hour and a half by hydrofoil, this is a popular tourist and yachting destination. The best places to stay on Hydra provide an ideal base to enjoy this island paradise.

Like many Greek islands Hydra has historical links to Venice (1204-1565) and was subsequently part of the Ottoman Empire (until 1821). The island became a prosperous centre for shipping and trade and at its height had links all over the Mediterranean and beyond. It was also notable for boatbuilding. In the nineteenth century it was home to 125 boats and 10,000 sailors.

Things not to miss:

  • Some of Hydra's most historic buildings are old captains' mansions. One is a Maritime Academy, another a school of fine arts and yet another is a history museum.
  • Explore the island's many picturesque settlements such as the main town which fans out, crescent shaped, around the deep harbour. The are also six little hamlets.
  • There are many bays and natural harbours to explore - not to mention the churches and monasteries.
  • Hydra has long been a draw for artists and arty types. Leonard Cohen famously had a house here. During the peak summer months, the harbour can seem like somewhere ritzy on the French Riviera with glamourous yachts vying for a mooring beside islanders' fishing boats.
  • You will find the main port bustles with restaurants, shops, markets and galleries and is a wonderful spot to sit back and watch the world go by!

There are no vehicles on Hydra, transport is by horse or donkey. While some may complain about the length of time it takes to get anywhere it does mean that the island has not been subjected to the mass development infliicted on others. On Hydra you get a sense of Greek Islands as they were for the locals before the tourists arrived!

Our pick of the best places to stay on Hydra are all ideally located in Hydra Town and there really is something for everyone from budget B&B to a luxury stay with the only hotel pool on the island!

For budget charm

  • Situated right on the waterfront, the eleven room Delfini Hotel hotel is at the centre of everything and you'd be hard pushed to find anything cheaper in town. The Delfini is simple yet lovely with stunning views.
  • Hotel Hydroussa sits 100 metres from the quay in a quiet square filled with lemon trees. It offers great value in a central location and there is a generous American breakfast included in the price!

For families

  • Hotel Leto - This grand old lady of Hydra hotels has serene beautiful bedrooms with up to date bathrooms. Enjoy breakfast served in the courtyard and indulge in a variety of alternative therapies. Good family suites and plenty of activities for all.

For tradition and style

  • The Orloff aims at traditional elegance and style with an aristocratic ambience - which it achieves wonderfully. Close to the harbour and all amenities.

For the best view

  • The Hydra Hotel enjoys the best view out over the Aegean from its location perched high above the village looking down on the harbour. It has whitewashed rooms which are light and airy and is just a one mile walk from the Profitis Ilias Monastery.

For a bit of history

  • The Hotel Miranda has attracted arty types since the 1960s and has the guestbook evidence to prove it! Steeped in the history of the island it is a good base for enjoying the beautiful coastal walks.

For a hotel with a pool

  • Bratsera Hotel is the only hotel on the island with its own (collonaded) swimming pool. The interiors are in a fresh whitewashed style and the location is peaceful yet just minutes from the quayside.

For a seaside apartment or villa

  • For those seeking an their own apartment or villa, browse the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • There is no airport on Hydra, so your best option is to fly to Athens International Airport.
  • There are regular daily ferries from the Athens port of Piraeus to Hydra which take 90 minutes.
  • Forget about car hire, horses and donkeys rule the roads on Hydra.
  • The best time to visit Hydra is in the summer months from May to September when temperatures range between 25 and 35 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Hydra

  • Hotel Hydroussa Idra, Hydra 40 rooms from £63

    Sailing  -  Perfect stopping place for sailing around the Greek isles.
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking trails along the coastline of Hydra.
    Sights nearby  -  Day trips to Athens can be organised.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningGardenNo pets

    Only 100 yards from the quayside, set on a quiet square lined with lemon trees, Hotel Hydroussa combines a quiet, convenient location with low-key charm and value for money. See More

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  • Delfini Hotel Idra, Hydra 11 rooms from £65

    Value chic  -  Charming, traditional Grecian accommodation at a fraction of the cost
    Local markets  -  This charming market town is on your doorstep
    Sailing  -  Explore the seas - Hydra Port just 500m away
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    For those looking for a hotel that's easy to find, easy to get to and equally easy on the budget, the Delfini Hotel fits the bill perfectly. You step straight from quayside into reception. Rooms are simple - yet what they lack in facilities they make up for in charm and views. See More

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  • Hotel Miranda Idra, Hydra 13 rooms from £86

    Pet friendly
    Sights nearby  -  Profitis Ilias Monastery is less than a mile away.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy beautiful walks along coastline trails.
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    Hotel Miranda has attracted aesthetes and connoisseurs since the 1960s (just check the visitors' book) and it's easy to see what drew them. Within the walls of this serene 19th century townhouse, art lovers find themselves steeped in Hydriot history. See More

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  • Hotel Leto Saronic Islands, Hydra 22 rooms from £107

    Total relaxation  -  Calming palettes, yoga and tai chi, as well as massage and aromatheraby. An urban idyll.
    Families  -  Family suites and plenty of activities make it great for all ages
    Diving  -  Boats taking divers and snorkellers depart daily
    Great walks  -  Around Hydra's countryside with your own donkey
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantDisabled access

    This grande dame of Hydra hotels offers calm, immaculately designed and furnished bedrooms - plus state of the art bathrooms, and suave service (including 24-hour reception). Quaint interiors provide an iconic stay with a delicious breakfast, served out in the courtyard garden, thrown in. Divine. See More

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  • Cotommatae 1810 Hydra 7 rooms from £125

    Total relaxation  -  A luxurious and tranquil retreat to completely unwind in.
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the town and discover the alleyways, squares, mansions and the monastery.
    Diving  -  Explore the crystal clear ocean on a diving expedition.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningGardenNo pets

    The quaint and humble exterior hardly reflects the luxuries within this small boutique hotel. Interiors are beautifully designed with the original quirks of the building standing comfortably against more modern touches. The beach is just a stroll away and there's plenty to explore on the island. See More

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  • Hotel Orloff Idra, Hydra 9 rooms from £129

    Sights nearby  -  George Kountouriotis Manor is within two minutes walk, with an exhibition on the history of Hydra.
    Local markets  -  Navigate your way through the bustling markets of Hydra.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Air conditioningGardenNo pets

    Hotel Orloff strives for 'elegance, tradition and style' (their words) - and succeeds. For a touch of aristocratic class within a stone's throw of Hydra's harbour, look no further. See More

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  • Bratsera Hotel Hydra 25 rooms from £132

    Total relaxation  -  Boasting this tiny island's only hotel pool!
    Local exploring  -  Excellent, central location
    Great walks  -  Plenty of great coastal walks right from your front door
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A gorgeous colonnaded pool in a flower-accented courtyard, oak-beamed, whitewashed bedrooms in a historic building, and a peaceful location only minutes from the ferry quay make Bratsera one of Hydra's most magical places to stay. A delicious breakfast of local treats is included in the rate. See More

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  • Hydra Hotel Idra, Hydra 8 rooms from £159

    Sailing  -  Great place to stop off at during a sailing trip around the Greek islands.
    Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips can be arranged from the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Profitis Ilias Monastery is a mile away.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local markets of Idra.
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    Hotel Hydra can claim to have the best view in the village from its perch high above the harbour, and inside the rooms with whitewashed stone walls are cool, light and airy, some with private patios. See More

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