EXPLORING THE MAGICAL HYDRA ISLAND
Today destination photographer Sotiris Tsakanikas travels us to the magical Hydra island through his lens. Hydra is a popular Saronic island, located in the Aegean Sea between the Sronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Dominant geographic features are its rocky slopes, which are bare, while pine, cypress and olive trees grow in its valleys. Hydra is separated from the mainland by a narrow strip of water. It only has one main town: Hydra Port. It consists of a circular harbor, studded with restaurants, shops and galleries. Steep streets lead up from the harbor. Most of the local residences are built on these streets.
Small villages on the island include Mandraki, Vlychos, Kamini, Episkopi, Palamidas and Molos. Hydra depends on tourism and Athenians account for a considerable segment of its visitors. Ηydrofoils and catamarans from Piraeus serve Hydra, stopping first at Poros before going on to Spetses. No cars are allowed in Hydra, so the only option is by donkey, bicycle or foot.
Hydra has always had a strong maritime tradition. The island is a popular yachting destination and home of the Kamini International Yacht Club. In 2007, a National Geographic Traveler panel of experts rated Hydra the highest of any Greek island as a unique destination. There are numerous churches and six Orthodox monasteries on the island. In the 19th century, Hydra flourished with some 125 merchandize boats and not less than 10,000 sailors.
Accommodation: Cotommatae 1810 Hotel, Orloff Hydra and Bratsera Hotel
Dinning: Technè, Sunset and Castello
Beaches: Castello beach, Four seasons beach
Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas