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Tourist Guide of Hydra

With rich naval legacy, cosmopolitan character Hydra attracts a lot of Greek and foreigner visitors from each point of the globe.
It is an island where some of the important people of the Greek revolution and public life came from.
Model of architecture and aesthetics constitutes the city of Hydra with the graphic back streets and the mansions, built amphitheatrically around the harbour.

Σαρωνικός, Υδρα. Πανοραμική άποψη του λιμανιού.Hydra, is an island of the Northern Myrtoou Seas, that are found in small distance by the south-eastern coasts of Argolida, westwards from the entry of Saronic Gulf.
Hydra is a historical island, acquaintance from the naval fight at the Turks, in the revolution of 1821. In the modern times it constitutes one of the most developed tourist islands of the Mediterranean, with an intense cosmopolitan character. It has an elongated form, with address Δ.ΝΔ.- Α.ΒΑ length 18 kilometres and biggest width 5. It's extent reaches the 49,6 square kilometres and length of the coasts about 56 kilometres.

'Hydra is a rocky mountainous island with low vegetation, while you can find a few small pine forests. Characteristic is also the lack of water, which is transported with water wagon ship from the land of Peloponnese.
Σαρωνικός, Υδρα, Μια βόλτα στα πολλά, γραφικά και πλακόστρωτα σοκάκια της Υδρας σίγουρα θα σας ικανοποιήσει και θα αποζημιώσει το χρόνο σας.
Higher tops of island are the Klimakio (or 'Love), with altitude of 590, at the centre of the island, and Gerakina, with altitude of 346, at the south-western point.
The coasts of Hydra are mostly abrupt and rocky, with rich horizontal and vertical territorial dismemberment. You can find very few small sandy beaches. At the western utmost the island is the cape Mpisti, in the north-western coasts the bights of Saint Nikolaos and Molos, while in the northern the bight of Hydra, in mycho which is built the homonym town of, and the bight Mandraki.
In the north-eastern department of the island there is the cape Kastevas, the bight Ledeza, the capes Mpretista and Maiati and the bight of Zodochos pigi that leads at the south-eastern utmost of the island, where is found the cape Zoyrbas or Zoyrba, while in south-eastern you can find the bight Zoo, the bight Avlaki, the Cape Mavri Myti, the bight Limioniza, the capes Tsigkari and Saint Petros, the bight and the cape Riga. Finally, in the southerners takes shape the Cape of Saint Ioannis and in the south-western point the Cape of Saint Konstantinos
Westwards Hydra is found the island Dokos from which it is separated with the Narrow Petasi.
Σαρωνικός, Υδρα, όρμος ΜαντράκιBetween Hydra and Dokos exist the islands Petasi and Pontikos or Pontikonisi. In the north-western side of the island, near the bight of Molos, is found the island Kivotos and at the Eastern the islands Palamida and Kamini. Southern of Hydra are found the islands Tsigkri, Alexandros (or Platonisi), Ventza, Karteli, Disakia and a bit further the islands Stroggylo, Plateia, Drapio and Trikeri.
The climate of Hydra is dry Mediterranean, with extended summer and soft winter, at the duration of which the temperature very infrequent approaches 0° C, while the phenomenon of snowfall is almost unknown. The very little rains are marked from November up to the dues of March. The dry climate, however, constitutes one of the basic factors for the big tourist movement that presents the island.
  Σαρωνικός, ΥδραUnique town on the island is Hydra. At the rest of the island there are only small settlements, as e.g. Blychos in western, the Episkopi at the south-west and Mandraki at East. In the interior of island exist, however, enough monasteries, as they are Saint Efpraxias, the Prophet Ilia, Saint Matroni, Saint Nikolaos, the Saint Trinity and the Birth of Virgin Mary.Σαρωνικός, Υδρα, Το μοναδικό μεταφορικό μέσο του νησιού.
The tourist life of island assembles the town of 'Hydra. The island has rich naval history and the shipping with the trade was the traditional occupation of its very few residents, before the tourism overshadows, mainly in the past few years, each other economic activity. Characteristic is that the entire of the island has been declared preservable and are prohibited.
In the municipality also belongs the settlements Blychos, Episkopi, Mandraki, Abbey of Saint Efpraxias, Abbey of Saint Trinity, Abbey of Saint Nikolaos, Abbey of Birth of Virgin Mary Zoyrbas, Abbey of Prophet Ilia, Molos, Palamidas and the islands Saint Ioannis, Saint Nikolaos, Dokos, Platonisi, Stavronisi and Trikeri.
The town of 'Hydra is built on two low rocky hills, at the north-central department of island, in mycho the homonym bight, with altitude 20. There is found also the only harbour of the island.Σαρωνικός, Υδρα, Ποικιλία καταστημάτων για κάθε επιθυμία
Hydra is particularly graphic and maintains up to today the traditional architecture. There are many imposing mansions with traditional roofs, small courtyards and peculiar internal decoration, with small pavements with slabs alley.
The town has rich naval history. Today, however, it is almost exclusively a big tourist centre that assembles crowd of visitors at the summer months. It allocates enough hotels and rented rooms, that do not always suffice for the needs of the tourist period, as well as restaurants, confectioneries and centres of amusement. At it's very small port there are small and big ships of recreation and cruise ships. As you can imagine most of the residents deal with the professions that have a relation to the tourism.

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HYDRA Distinguished Glorious and Cosmopolitan
Σαρωνικός, Υδρα. Η αριστερή είσοδος
The city that is the centre for the whole of the island, is built amphitheatrically, round the harbour.
It strikes like a paint, with grey, white and blue colours above light blue sea, model of architecture and aesthetics.
Right and left in the entry of the harbour are found the rampants with the hot rods, that protected the city.
In the left side of the harbour, after the statue of A. Miaoyli, is found the Port authority, that is accommodated in the old, stone-built gunpowder storehouse.
Σαρωνικός, Υδρα, hydra, το επίσημο έμβλημα
Above: The emblem of Hydra.
Left, the left entry
the harbour. Are distinguished the rampant with the hot rods, that protected the city and under the statues of A. Miaoyli
Σαρωνικός, Υδρα: Το άγαλμα του Α. Μιαούλη
Beside it, is found the made of marble building of files of Hydra and it follows the house of family Tsamadou, where is accommodated the famous Faculty of Merchant ship's captains.
The street leads to the gym and to the pine region of abbey Saint Foteinis.
The street that begins from the means of harbour, leads to the Kala Pigadia. If you keep walking you will end up at the abbey of Prof. Ilia (1815) and the abbey of Saint Efpraxias (1821).
In the centre of harbour is found the cathedral temple, that was built in 1648 and reconstructed in 1774.
In the old days it functioned as abbey of Kimiseos of Virgin Mary. Today, in the abbey, is located the Town hall and the ecclesiastical museum. Righter the abbey of Kimiseos of Virgin Mary, begins a narrow, paved with slabs, uphill street, that leads to the old city, Kiafa.
The street passes from the Nursing home and leads to Blycho.

Σαρωνικός, Υδρα. Από τις εκδηλώσεις "Μιαούλεια"In the right side of the harbour, the coastal street passes under the mansion of Kountouriotis, the Mills reaches in the Firing kiln and leads to Blycho.
Main characteristic element of Hydra is that you cannot meet anything wheeled and the transportation can only be with donkeys fact that makes hit even more graphic. The harbour of Hydra is submerged daily by small and big yachts, boats and cruise ship.
In the island you will enjoy romantic walks in narrow, graphic, pavements with slabs back street. In general Hydra is famous for the calm life that offers during the day, but also for the intense, cosmopolitan life, the night. Bar, pub, disco, with foreigner-Greek music and spree up to the morning.
With it's continuous offer in the tourism and the cultural life of our country, remains peace of art for the Argosaroniko and one of the more important resorts in Greece.

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