Close to Athens, this small, mountainous island in the Saronic Gulf has over the years mesmerised its visitors with its quaintness, rich history and cultural allure. But beyond that, it is an island that nurtured a revolution that won independence for an entire country. Hydra town, Kaminia, Vlichos, Molos, Episkopi and Mandraki: it’s an island that, in its entirety, seems to amount to one long stroll.
When you arrive you instantly feel the change of pace. The main port is cosmopolitan and elegant, with its 18th-century mansions, captains’ homes, old churches, wells and marble-covered alleyways that fan out everywhere. And at the same time, water taxis buzz around the island like bees.