Reaching the harbor... the town which is the centre of the whole island, is built amphitheatrically around the port. It looks glamorous like an art-paint, with grey, white and blue colours above the blue of the sea, an exemplar of architectonics and aesthetics. Right and left from the entrance of the port, there are the Parapets with the Canons, which protected the town. Hydra is certainly one of the most unusual places in Greece.
This rocky island fascinates visitors from all over the world with its unique town, a perfectly preserved sample of 18th and 19th century architecture. The picture-perfect harbour and the beautiful stone houses create a romantic atmosphere, which is further enhanced by the fact that no cars are permitted on the island.
The romantic atmosphere exuded by the old town, has made Hydra a favourite with painters who come to the island not only to work but also to exhibit their creations in the Municipal Art Centre and the galleries of the town. This place has also been popular with the rich and famous since the 50's, the time it was discovered by film makers as a perfect shooting location.
Hydra soon became one of the most fashionable and cosmopolitan islands of the Mediterranean with a unique mix of visitors ranging from amateur painters to movie stars and is still frequented by celebrities who have bought houses in the old town. There is an abundance of restaurants and tavernas offering fish and other traditional dishes.
Those visitors interested in a more active nightlife can opt for one of the fashionable bars , and there are, of course, the quayside cafes dotting the picturesque harbour, the ideal spot for people watching.