Hydra has only one town, no real roads, no cars—not even any bikes. Zippy water taxis whisk you from a quaint little harbor to isolated beaches and tavernas.
Beyond Hydra’s harbor, hiking trails lead uphill to sea views, monasteries and tired donkeys.
The island once had spring water. Today Hydra’s very hard water, which makes a shower an exercise in frustration, is shipped in from the mainland.
Hydra offers the ideal Greek island experience, and it’s less than two hours south of Athens by hydrofoil.