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Top Choice Museum in Hydra Town

Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion

Hydra’s star cultural attraction is this handsome ochre-coloured arhontiko (stone mansion) high above the harbour. It was the home of one of the major players in the Greek independence struggle and is an exquisite e…
Top Choice Church in Hydra Town

Kimisis Tis Theotokou Cathedral

Housed in the peaceful monastery complex on the harbour, this lovely cathedral dates from the 17th century and has a Tinian marble bell tower. Its Ecclesiastical Museum contains a collection of icons and vestments.T…
Top Choice Taverna in Hydra

Four Seasons

This scrummy seaside taverna offers a different face of Hydra: the sound of the breeze and the waves instead of the portside buzz. Don’t miss the taramasalata (fish roe dip) with bread and whatever else tickles your…
Top Choice Museum in Hydra Town

Historical Archives Museum of Hydra

This fine harbourfront museum houses an extensive collection of portraits and naval artefacts, with an emphasis on the island’s role in the War of Independence. It hosts temporary exhibitions in summer, and concerts…
Top Choice Bar in Hydra Town


Friendly Wendy and Takis and their kids Zara and Zeus run this daytime cafe with first-rate coffee, breakfasts and home-cooked lunches, and morph it into a raging party place at night. Music changes with the crowd a…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Hydra Town


Famed for its splendid panoramic spot near the cannons to the west of the harbour, Sunset also has fine, fresh cuisine. Tasty salads, inventive pastas and local fish are prepared with flair and a hint of elegance.
Top Choice Bar in Hydra Town


You can’t beat this gorgeous waterfront location on the swimming rocks to the far west of the harbour. Brothers Andreas and Elias provide snazzy cocktails and lunch (high season only) with a smile.
Top Choice Cultural in Hydra Town

Miaoulia Festival

Celebration of Admiral Miaoulis and the Hydriot contribution to the War of Independence, with a spectacular boat burning (with fireworks) in Hydra harbour.
Top Choice Taverna in Hydra


Just inland from the port in Kamini, Mrs Christina and her kids dish out some of the island’s best Greek dishes and fresh fish.
Top Choice Religious in Hydra Town


Week-long extravaganza, including a famous parade of a flower-festooned epitaph into the harbour at Kamini.