There is only one town in the island of Hydra built around the port on the slopes of a hill. A unique feature is that motor vehicles are prohibited. The transport means? Have a look at the right side of the page!

As an island of seafarers and a strong maritime culture Hydra accumulated a considerable wealth during the 18th and 19th centuries. Signs of this wealth are the numerous “Captain’s Mansions” in the town. Two mansions nowadays host a Maritime Academy and a part of the Athens school of fine arts.

More than all the Greek islands, Hydra has inspired the fine arts, and became the adopted home of famous Greek and foreign artists (painters, authors and song composers)