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HYDRA 
Hydra
 
  A charter sailing vacation from Athens usually starts in the direction of the Saronic gulf islands,the most famous of this isles is the jewel of the Aegean HYDRA.
 This rocky island is famed as a cosmopolitan and cultural center and has played an important role in Greek history since the 15th century. In the 18th century, the island was called by many "Small England" due to its increased naval activity. Large mansions have survived from this period and can still be seen as part of the characteristic architecture of the town. For all those who love culture and art, Hydra is a famous meeting point and there are many galleries throughout the island.
 Lots of small churches and monasteries are to be found. The most famous being the Prophet Ilias, Agia Matrona and Agia Triada. There are beaches on the west of the island at Kaminia, Molos, Vlichos and Mandraki which is a former naval harbor. For those who have a boat, a trip around the island provides the visitor with some unforgettable views of the small inlets and harbors. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island, adding to the unique nature of Hydra. The atmosphere inspires both artists and non-artists into creativity.
 

 The nearest church, right in the center of the harbor, is the Metropolis of Hydra, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, distinguished by its tall prominent clock tower, with the church's bells that announce religious events.
There are also other churches with beautiful domes supported by marble arcs, like Agios loannis and Ipapanti.The newest church on the island is Agios Konstantinos of Hydra, which is built upon the Saint's old family house.
This is an elaborate church with wooden sculptures and a gold-plated temple. Among the multitude of churches on the island, there are also a number of monasteries and convents, like the monastery of Prophet Elias, and convent of Agia Efpraxia, both lying on the top or mount Eros - 500 meters height.
You can make your visit here, either by a lovely one-and-a-half hour hike. or a   donkey ride. Other monasteries are Agia Trias (Holy Trinity), and Agios Nikolaos: and convents are Agia Matroni and the convent of Zourva.


Beaches

Kaminia, Molos, Palamida and Bitsi are some of the sandy beaches of Hydra. Hydra is better known for the rocky beaches. Swimming in such waters is a unique experience.

Transportation

From Piraeus to Hydra there are ferries daily (duration:3,15 hours).For more information contact the Coastguard of Piraeus tel. (01) 451.1311-19.
For the local connections of Hydra contact the Coastguard of Hydra tel. (0298) 52.279.
 
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Hydra main harbor:
Good shelter; Limited fuel; Water on quay; Night life
Mandraki:
Poor shelter; Anchored off; No fuel or water; Taverns
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