Hydra is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, located between the Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf, 10 kilometers from the Peloponnese peninsula. Hydra is narrow and long island, mostly rocky, with poorly indented coastline. Island soil is largely dry and barren, so the population is mainly engaged in tourism and hospitality industry. Motor vehicles are banned on the Hydra, so the only means of transport donkeys, bicycles and dinghies.
The island has about 2000 inhabitants most of whom live in the capital of the island, town Hydra. It features colorful and luxurious houses from the 18th century built by wealthy merchants and shipbuilders, old stone streets, traditional restaurants and taverns, shops and souvenir shops with homemade products. Port of Hydra is in the summer usually full of sailboats and yachts, so if you don't find a free mooring, anchor in some of nearby bays like Mandraki and Molos.
Hydra Island has only a few beaches, but they are all neat and attractive with many tourist facilities. The most famous beach is definitely Mandraki located 2 km east of the town, with fine sand and plenty of sun loungers and parasols. Also is known pebble beach Vlihos. It is said that Hydra is one of the islands in the world that sooner or later must be visited.