Hydra is a kaleidoscope of colours, impressive mansions and cobblestone streets enhancing the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the island. The island is traffic – free as there are no vehicles on it. The villages and beaches can be reached by carriages, bicycles and taxi-boats. Its capital is built amphitheatrically on the hill and where you will mainly see kapetanospita (meaning captains’ residences), whose architecture is a mixture of island and mainland characteristics. Enjoy the promenades towards the Historical Archive, the Port Authority, the Powder Keg, and Kiafa. Head towards the Cave, see the Mill of Sophia Loren and the statue of the “Boy on a dolphin” (a 1957 film starring Sophia Loren) and visit Kamini and Vlycho. You can also visit the Pharmacy of Rafalia, founded in 1890, that holds on to its past interior decoration with the same old furniture. In the Pharmacy you will find a huge collection of porcelain and glass jars, utensils, tools and publications of pharmaceutical books.
During the ‘70s, Hydra became a famous cosmopolitan tourist destination! Hydra is not only known for its picturesque beauty but also for the night life. In local cafés, bars and tavernas you will be served by the seashore. Discover Hydra’s history by visiting the Museum of Modern History, housed in the Kountourioti mansion, by a pine hillside. There are impressive constructions such as Tsamados mansion, which houses the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Tompazi mansion owned by the School of Fine Arts since 1936.
Hydra offers a variety of cultural events in the summer. Also, each year you can celebrate the Miaoulia which are dedicated to the naval action of Andreas Miaoulis during the war of independence as well as the Kountouriotia events in honour of the First President of the Greek Republic, Admiral Paul Kountouriotis. Other great sights include the Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Cathedral of St. John Nisteftis with murals from the 18th century and the St. Constantine of Hydra made from hewn Stone.