Attractions In Hydra Island

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Agia Evpraxias Monastery
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A worthwhile site for anyone exploring Hydra, it can be reached by foot or on donkey. This women’s convent lies a short distance from that of Profitis Ilias, at an altitude of 500 m. It’s surrounded by pine and cypress trees and enjoys impressive views. The quaint sanctuary lies in a simple building, and is part of the greater complex dating back to 1865.

Church of Ipapanti
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

One of Hydra’s most historic churches, Ipapanti, was built in 1780 by Lazaros Dimitriou Kokkini. It is part of the larger complex of the Church of the Domitian of the Virgin Mary.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This large church is located in the center of Hydra’s main port. It includes a three-level bell tower constructed completely out of marble from the island of Tinos, and which can be seen from every point in town. It was designed by Venetian and Genovese architects in 1643, when it first began to operate as a women’s monastery. Today, only the main sanctuary is still in use, with some of the former nun’s cells having been converted into civil offices, while others have become part of a small ecclesiastical museum.

Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Housed within the old cells of the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, it contains a collection featuring objects found in religious ceremonies and traditions. Most impressive is an icon of the Virgin Mary “Rodo Amarando” dating back to 1774.

Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Lighthouse of Zourvas
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This lighthouse which was built in 1883 can be found on the eastern side of Hydra. It stands at 10 m. tall and was rebuilt in 1946, after having been destroyed during the course of the Second World War.

Mansions, Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The traditional architecture of Hydra is impressive and unique, with several mansions that particularly stand out. Two have been turned into museums, specifically the Manor of Lazaros Kountouriotis and Pavlos Kountouriotis.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of St. Nicolas can be found in the area of Limnioniza and was built sometime between 1675 and 1724. It features a Byzantine design with an octagonal bell tower and enjoyed a period of great influence following the Greek revolution of 1821. By the 1940s however, the monastery had fallen into disrepair and was eventually abandoned after the last priest, blessed Aresenios Vetimis, passed away. Renovation began under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1983, when it was converted into a woman’s convent, and today it has been completely refurbished.

Monastery of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Honoring the prophet Elijah, this church sits at an elevated, picturesque site just below the island’s highest point of Mt. Eros (588 m.) Visitors pass through a beautiful pine forest before arriving and enjoying panoramic views over the island and the entire Argo-saronic Gulf. It was built in 1831 and operated as a prison during the years of the Greek revolution for resistance leaders such as Theodoros Kolokotronis and many others. Today the monastery contains a rich library which was originally compiled in 1870 by the head priest at that time, Ierotheo Kostopoulos.

Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary (Zourvas)
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary can be found on the plateau of Zourvas, located along the island’s eastern side. Reaching it requires taking a water taxi from Hydra’s port until reaching the small harbor of Limanaki (Lediza) which lies below the monastery. From there it’s a difficult hike, requiring 40-45 minutes and good stamina before reaching the entrance. The stunning landscape and views, however, are a fitting reward for visitors’ efforts.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

Statue of Adonis Oikonomos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This Hydriot captain played a crucial role in getting Hydra to join the liberation efforts of the Greek Revolutionary War of 1821, despite the resistance of several of the island’s nobles. Though Hydra did eventually join the fight, Oikonomos paid with his life for it, as he was murdered by conspirators of A. Liontou in December of 1821.

Statue of Andreas Miaoulis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

National hero and Hydriot shipowner and builder, Andreas Miaoulis played a leading role in the revolution of 1821 as the Head Naval Commander of the Greek fleet. National hero and Hydriot shipowner and builder, Andreas Miaoulis played a leading role in the revolution of 1821 as the Head Naval Commander of the Greek fleet.

Statue of Antonios Kriezi
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A Hydriot fighter in the Greek Revolutionary War of 1821, Antonios Kriezi went on to become Prime Minister of the newly liberated Greek state twice. Today a statue honoring his memory can be found along the stone-paved coastal road leading towards Mandraki.

Statue of Nicolas Jorge
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This bust honors the Hydriot captain Nikolaou G. Kolmaniati (Nicolas Jorge Colmaniatis). After immigrating to Argentina in 1811, he enrolled into the navy as a sailor and eventually reached the rank of rear admiral. Today he is honored as a national hero in Argentina.

Synagogue of Corfu, Corfu Town
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Admire the island’s only synagogue on Solomou Square to get a sense of the important role Corfu’s Jewish population played in the past. The Jewish Community Centre will help you arrange a visit to this stunning synagogue.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This beautiful and unique church is the newest of its kind on Hydra. It has been built atop the former church honoring the same saint, and today houses various wooden carvings as well as impressive, gold-plated decorations.

The Monastery of Agia Triada
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This monastery honoring the Holy Trinity, is located east of Profitis Ilias Church and next to the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. It was founded in 1704, and converted into a house of prayer in 1970. Today the building is simple and plain, and entrance is forbidden to women.

Tomb of Pavlos Koundouriotis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Within a pine forest located just below the historical mansion belonging to the same family, lies the tomb of grandson, Pavlos Koundouriotis. Served as leader of the Greek fleet during the Balkan Wars (1924-1926) as well as President of the then Hellenic Democracy (1926-1929).

Windmills, Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

As the first element of Hydra to greet incoming visitors from the sea, the island’s scattered windmills can be found in a variety of conditions, ranging from near perfect preservation to crumbling ruins.

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Agia Evpraxias Monastery
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A worthwhile site for anyone exploring Hydra, it can be reached by foot or on donkey. This women’s convent lies a short distance from that of Profitis Ilias, at an altitude of 500 m. It’s surrounded by pine and cypress trees and enjoys impressive views. The quaint sanctuary lies in a simple building, and is part of the greater complex dating back to 1865.

Church of Ipapanti
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

One of Hydra’s most historic churches, Ipapanti, was built in 1780 by Lazaros Dimitriou Kokkini. It is part of the larger complex of the Church of the Domitian of the Virgin Mary.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This large church is located in the center of Hydra’s main port. It includes a three-level bell tower constructed completely out of marble from the island of Tinos, and which can be seen from every point in town. It was designed by Venetian and Genovese architects in 1643, when it first began to operate as a women’s monastery. Today, only the main sanctuary is still in use, with some of the former nun’s cells having been converted into civil offices, while others have become part of a small ecclesiastical museum.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of St. Nicolas can be found in the area of Limnioniza and was built sometime between 1675 and 1724. It features a Byzantine design with an octagonal bell tower and enjoyed a period of great influence following the Greek revolution of 1821. By the 1940s however, the monastery had fallen into disrepair and was eventually abandoned after the last priest, blessed Aresenios Vetimis, passed away. Renovation began under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1983, when it was converted into a woman’s convent, and today it has been completely refurbished.

Monastery of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Honoring the prophet Elijah, this church sits at an elevated, picturesque site just below the island’s highest point of Mt. Eros (588 m.) Visitors pass through a beautiful pine forest before arriving and enjoying panoramic views over the island and the entire Argo-saronic Gulf. It was built in 1831 and operated as a prison during the years of the Greek revolution for resistance leaders such as Theodoros Kolokotronis and many others. Today the monastery contains a rich library which was originally compiled in 1870 by the head priest at that time, Ierotheo Kostopoulos.

Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary (Zourvas)
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary can be found on the plateau of Zourvas, located along the island’s eastern side. Reaching it requires taking a water taxi from Hydra’s port until reaching the small harbor of Limanaki (Lediza) which lies below the monastery. From there it’s a difficult hike, requiring 40-45 minutes and good stamina before reaching the entrance. The stunning landscape and views, however, are a fitting reward for visitors’ efforts.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This beautiful and unique church is the newest of its kind on Hydra. It has been built atop the former church honoring the same saint, and today houses various wooden carvings as well as impressive, gold-plated decorations.

The Monastery of Agia Triada
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This monastery honoring the Holy Trinity, is located east of Profitis Ilias Church and next to the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. It was founded in 1704, and converted into a house of prayer in 1970. Today the building is simple and plain, and entrance is forbidden to women.

Lighthouse of Zourvas
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This lighthouse which was built in 1883 can be found on the eastern side of Hydra. It stands at 10 m. tall and was rebuilt in 1946, after having been destroyed during the course of the Second World War.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

Statue of Adonis Oikonomos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This Hydriot captain played a crucial role in getting Hydra to join the liberation efforts of the Greek Revolutionary War of 1821, despite the resistance of several of the island’s nobles. Though Hydra did eventually join the fight, Oikonomos paid with his life for it, as he was murdered by conspirators of A. Liontou in December of 1821.

Statue of Andreas Miaoulis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

National hero and Hydriot shipowner and builder, Andreas Miaoulis played a leading role in the revolution of 1821 as the Head Naval Commander of the Greek fleet. National hero and Hydriot shipowner and builder, Andreas Miaoulis played a leading role in the revolution of 1821 as the Head Naval Commander of the Greek fleet.

Statue of Antonios Kriezi
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A Hydriot fighter in the Greek Revolutionary War of 1821, Antonios Kriezi went on to become Prime Minister of the newly liberated Greek state twice. Today a statue honoring his memory can be found along the stone-paved coastal road leading towards Mandraki.

Statue of Nicolas Jorge
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This bust honors the Hydriot captain Nikolaou G. Kolmaniati (Nicolas Jorge Colmaniatis). After immigrating to Argentina in 1811, he enrolled into the navy as a sailor and eventually reached the rank of rear admiral. Today he is honored as a national hero in Argentina.

Synagogue of Corfu, Corfu Town
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Admire the island’s only synagogue on Solomou Square to get a sense of the important role Corfu’s Jewish population played in the past. The Jewish Community Centre will help you arrange a visit to this stunning synagogue.

Tomb of Pavlos Koundouriotis
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Within a pine forest located just below the historical mansion belonging to the same family, lies the tomb of grandson, Pavlos Koundouriotis. Served as leader of the Greek fleet during the Balkan Wars (1924-1926) as well as President of the then Hellenic Democracy (1926-1929).

Windmills, Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

As the first element of Hydra to greet incoming visitors from the sea, the island’s scattered windmills can be found in a variety of conditions, ranging from near perfect preservation to crumbling ruins.

Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Housed within the old cells of the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, it contains a collection featuring objects found in religious ceremonies and traditions. Most impressive is an icon of the Virgin Mary “Rodo Amarando” dating back to 1774.

Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Mansions, Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The traditional architecture of Hydra is impressive and unique, with several mansions that particularly stand out. Two have been turned into museums, specifically the Manor of Lazaros Kountouriotis and Pavlos Kountouriotis.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

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Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of St. Nicolas can be found in the area of Limnioniza and was built sometime between 1675 and 1724. It features a Byzantine design with an octagonal bell tower and enjoyed a period of great influence following the Greek revolution of 1821. By the 1940s however, the monastery had fallen into disrepair and was eventually abandoned after the last priest, blessed Aresenios Vetimis, passed away. Renovation began under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1983, when it was converted into a woman’s convent, and today it has been completely refurbished.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

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