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Hydra, Greece

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Harbor life in Hydra

Car-free and blessed with some of the clearest water in the whole Saronic Gulf, Hydra rises against a backdrop of rugged Peloponnesian peaks just a short ferry ride from the Athenian port of Piraeus. Most visitors are greeted by the cascading mix of red-tile-roofed seafarer mansions and whitewashed cottages that is Hydra Town, spreading out with it stone-clad streets between a flower-spotted harbor. There, the creak of sailboats mixes with the throaty calls of the town's main mode of transport: Donkeys. There are enticing coffee bars and clifftop tavernas, and a mix of traditional Hydra vacation rentals to pick from.

From town to country in Hydra

Some visitors to Hydra can lose days to the pretty harbor town. Wandering between the merchant mansions and the boat-bobbing jetties, trying your hand at sizzling Greek seafood dishes in the local tavernas, or just watching the sunsets of the Peloponnesian mountains are all great ways to while away the hours. You can also opt to go into the backcountry of Hydra, where rows of rugged limestone hills are crisscrossed by challenging donkey trails, and where the occasional secluded pebble bay opens up for swimming. The clear water makes Hydra something of a scuba diving mecca, too.

Historical visits to Hydra

Seek out Hydra vacation rentals in the handsome harbor town on the north shore to be within walking distance of the main history and heritage. Behind a pretty marble-carved clock tower, you can find the Hydra Cathedral, bursting at the stucco-covered seams with gold trinkets and collections that chronicle the artistic legacy of Hydra itself. Along the ferry port is the more famous Hydra Museum _ think the embalmed organs of revered admirals, and intriguing wartime relics of the Greek naval wars.

Hydra has long summers

Hydra's just like the other islands in the Saronic Gulf. Long summers last from around May _ when things warm up _ to around October _ when you'll find the locals starting to wrap up in heavy coats and scarves. Temperatures throughout that season will range from around 75 to 98, and there's going to be plenty of sunshine to soak up while wandering the harbor and rugged hills. Because it's an island, you can expect strong winds and breezes for much of the year here, which is great news for anyone seeking out Hydra vacation rentals for sailing jaunts through the Aegean.

Hardy Greek backcountry in Hydra

Hydra's like one huge, natural Greek statue. Carved from a colossal block of limestone that juts from the Saronic Gulf just south of the Peloponnese, it's rugged and dry. Its coastline doesn't have the peppering of sandy beaches you can expect on other nearby islets, but rather a clutch of craggy stone bays and outcrops where it's possible to dive straight into the Med. The backcountry is given over to scrub-topped peaks where dusty donkey trails wiggle this way and that.