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Hydra View from Matronis Monastery
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One of the most historically significant and beautiful islands in Greece, closely connected with the Revolution of 1821. The whole island is a historical preservation site where vehicles have been banned. Ideal for lovers of hiking and nature.





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One of the most historically significant and beautiful islands in Greece, closely connected with the Revolution of 1821. The whole island is a historical preservation site, with many impressive mansions, where vehicles have been banned. Ideal for lovers of hiking and nature.

The hiking can be combined with visits to eight monasteries (some for men, others women’s convents): Nativity of the Virgin Mary, [Saint Nicholas][TID:22649], Holy Trinity, Saint Matrona, Saint Fotini & Elisavet, the Prophet Elias, Saint Efpraxia and Assumption of the Virgin, in the city.

Hydra is ideal for many different holiday preferences. Due to its relatively small size, you can combine many things in a short time. If you also have your own watercraft, you will not encounter any obstacle to exploring every last detail of this beautiful island.

We recommend sailing around Hydra, a trip of approximately 46 kilometers or 25 nautical miles, while a hiking route that runs along the length of the island from the Lighthouse in the east to the western tip of Hydra and the little church of Saint George is approximately 25 kilometers.

Sources

Hydra

As well as the links mentioned in the articles and generally the key texts of sources about the Saronic Gulf area of Exploring Greece

[TID:22649]: https://www.exploring-greece.gr/en/show/22649 "Monastery of Saint Nicholas "


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How to Get There

1. From Piraeus (Gate E8) by hydrofoil (“flying dolphins”) and highspeed boats (journey time 1.5 hours).

2. By road from Athens: you can drive 2 1/2 hours from Athens toward Epidaurus. En route, follow the signs for Poros or Spetses. This brings you to Metochi, the closest point to Hydra on the Peloponnese peninsula, where you can leave your car in a parking lot and cross to Hydra. You can cross from Metochi to Hydra and vice versa in 25 minutes, with trips offered every day on FREEDOM boats I, II, and III and on METOXI EXPRESS for 6.50 € per person. For timetable information call 6944242141 or 6947325263 or see their website: www.hydralines.gr.

3. From Spetses, Poros, Porto Heli, Ermioni.

More information on schedules and reservations at www.digitickets.gr.

Getting Around the Island

Since private cars are not allowed to drive on the island, transportation is via water taxis and a traditional method very popular in Hydra: donkeys.

Useful Phone Numbers

1. Ferry Schedules 22980-54007

2. Regional Health Clinic 22980-52420

3. Water Taxi 22980-53690

4. Municipality 22980-52210

5. Police 22980-52205

6. Port Authority 22980-52279

7. Merchant Marine Academy 22980- 52208

8. Kouloureio Hospital 22980- 53150

9. Hydra Museum - Historical Archives 22980- 52355


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History

The most important moment in the history of the island was its involvement in the Liberation War of 1821. In 1821, Hydra had a strong shipping industry, wealthy ship owners, and crews prepared for war. The Hydra notables had been initiated into the Society of Friends (a secret organization determined to end Turkish domination of Greece) before 1820. But while the people of Spetses raised the flag of revolution on March 26, the Hydra notables initially seemed hesitant (probably because of the disaster from the Orlov Revolt in 1770).

The revolution was finally proclaimed on April 14 with an ecclesiastical procession and a written revolutionary proclamation titled "Passport of Greek Fighting Ships." Hydra captain Andreas Ikonomou (1785 - 1821) played a decisive role in getting Hydra involved in the liberation war of 1821 despite the opposition of the island's leaders. He was assassinated for this reason by followers of A. Liontou in December 1821.

Sources

Hydra

Andreas Ikonomou

As well as the links mentioned in the articles and generally the key texts of sources about the Saronic Gulf area of Exploring Greece


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