Hydra’s long naval history can be felt throughout the harbour. Cannons still target the Aegean Sea, busts of admirals abound, and captains’ homes line the port. This is where revolutionaries lived, great men like Andreas Miaoulis and Georgios Kountouriotis. And then there is Hydra’s cosmopolitan side: This, after all, is where ‘Boy on a Dolphin’, starring Sophia Loren, was filmed.
Hydra has always been a favoured retreat of jet setters and rockstars: Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Rex Harrison, Peter Ustinov, Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones have all regularly frequented the island … as have famous artistic luminaries, among them Picasso, Chagall and Miller.