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Hydra: island of cats and paintings


One hour away from Athens by boat, off the Argolis Peninsula, the island of Hydra awaits your arrival.

When you land in the port, cats greet you. They are the true gods of the island, while the other deities, like Leonard Cohen who lived here a long time, abided by the following saying: ‘In order to live happily, live hidden'. Although it has become a famous seaside resort with its unorthodox fringe of idlers, Hydra cultivates simplicity. Is it due to its rustic nature?

Whatever the reason, cars never made it to Hydra. You move around on foot, by bike, or by donkey. You dive from towering cliffs into emerald water. You climb steep trails that lead to the Profitis Ilias Monastery. Its a shame to spend only one day on Hydra. Stay there for at least two days, so that you can understand its unalterable island tranquillity.

During your walks, if youre a fan of architecture and decor, enjoy the rustic beauty of its houses and do not hesitate if you can, to visit a few. How could one not appreciate their terraces overlooking the sea?

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