Friday 26 May 2017

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HYDRA TODAY


Reaching the harbor...

From your very first visit, a magic feeling surrounds you.

Perhaps it's in the unique architecture and graphic scenes
throughout the Island, or perhaps it's in its long history
and rich heritage, or even - a fusion of all.

A stroll through the town's picturesque cobble stone streets,
will convince you of its uniqueness.

... 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.
At the left side of the port, after the statue of A. Miaoulis, we can find the Harbour Authorities of Hydra, which are accommodated in the old, stonebuilt powder magazine.

Next to the Harbour Authorities is
the marble Archive Building of Hydra and further we find the house of Tsamados family, which accommodates the famous Sea Captain Academy.

The road leads to the location "Gymnastirio" and to the piny area of the Temple of Saint Fotini.
The road which begins from the middle of the port, leads to "Kala Pigadia" and it ascends to the Temple of Prophet Elias and the Temple of Saint Eutaksia.

At the center of the port is located the Cathedral which was built in 1648 and reconstructed in 1774. Aforetime operated as the Holy Church of dormition.
Today, in the Temple, are located the headquarters of the Town Hall and the Ecclesiastic museum.

At the right of the Temple of Virgin Mary, begins a tight, paved, ascending road, which leads to the old city, Kiafa. The road passes through the location "Gyrokomeio" and then leads to Vlihos.

At the right side of the port, the coastal road passes under the House of Koundouriotis, from there reaches Spilia, then Milous and Kamini to finally arrive at Vlihos.

Main characteristic of Hydra is that there are no wheeled vehicles and the transportation of people is being made only by donkeys, a thing that makes the Island even more romantic.

The port of Hydra is filled with little and big yachts, boats and cruisers.

On the Island you will enjoy romantic walks in the narrows, picturesque, paved alleys.Generally, Hydra is famous for the calm life is offers to the visitors in the day, but also for the intense, cosmopolitan night life.
Bar, pub, disco, with foreign-Greek music and rave-up till the morning.

Hydra, with its continuous offering to tourism and to the culture of our country, remains the adornment of the Saronic Gulf and one of the most important resorts that Greece has to offer.

In Hydra is located the Cathedral of Hydra - Spetses - Poros -Aigina. Today, Bishop of Hydra is the venerable Efraim. The Cathedral of Hydra accommodates the Town Hall and the Ecclesiastic museum.

 






































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