Hydra has a land mass of 50 sq. km., 56 km. of coast and a population of about 3000 people. Piraeus is 36 miles away. Primarily hilly, rocky and barren Hydra suffers from water shortages much of the summer and water is brought in by boats towing fresh water-filled submersible rubber cylinders. Potable water is readily available in bottled form. Many of Hydras beaches are rocky and its sandier ones are organized for resorts. Caiques (small water taxis) are available to transport you to nicer swimming spots around the island–notably Mandraki.
Due to Hydras close proximity to the Peloponnese it has many connections to other island locales including: Poros, Aegina, Spetses and Methana and other ports of the Peloponnese including Naufplion.
Hydra Town is the only major population center. Kamíni, 2 km NE of Hydra town has a small harbor with one or two tavernas and shops. Swimming is possible off the rocks there as well. A festival is held here on Good Friday with a candlelit procession of Christ's bier.
Mandráki, 4 km NE of Hydra town is a small village with Hydras best beach which is comprised of small pebbles. There are facilities for windsurfing and paddle boats for hire.
You can also swim near town at Bariamí Cave.
The Xeri Elia-Douskos is one of the oldest restaurants on the island and is situated in an attractive square under the trees. The Ouzerie, 'To Laikon' on the ground floor of the Merchant Marine Mansion is a traditional style watering hole renowned for its mezedes (appetizers) and before dinner clientele.
See our Greece hotels for a complete look at accommodations available on this island.