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Hydra, a barren, rocky island, has become a cosmopolitan artists' centre in recent years.
Its modern history dates from the 15th century but it rose to prominence as a shipping power in the 18th century, winning the appellation "Liltle England", as a result.
This maritime tradition has continued into our own time In the island's Merchant Navy Training School. And the 18th and 19th century mansions surrounding the port still testify to its earliest wealth and grandeur.
Among the most impressive of these are the Voulgaris, Koundounotis and Tombazis houses, the latter is now a hostel for students from the Athens School of Fine Arts. The Koundouriotis mansion, on the other hand, has been converted to a museum containing memorabilia from the War of Independence, in which Hydra played such an active role.
For artists and art lovers generally, Hydra is both meeting place and showplace.
The galleries scattered throughout the port offer something more than carefree relaxation by the sea.
Besides, being so rocky. Hydra is not renowned for its beaches; rather, its monasteries and churches dotting its rugged slopes attract more attention.
The most important of these are the monasteries of Profitis llias, Agia Matrona and Agia Triada.
Swimming is nevertheless possible from Hydra's rocks, especially at Kaminia, Molos and Vlichos south of the port and at Mandraki, formerly a wartime harbour, north of it.
For visitors with a boat, a trip round the island with stops in the stunning coves on the east coast is well worthwhile.
Hydra is also blessed by the absence of motorcars. To walk through its narrow, arched back streets, so steep steps are a common feature, is to leave the modern world behind.
Museums and Archaeological Sites
Archaeological Museum of Aegina (22970) 22248
Temple of Aphaia, Aegina (22970) 32398 Spetses Museum: (22980) 72994 Archaeological Museum of Poros (22980) 23276
how to get there
From Piraeus there are daily ferries to Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses. For information call 210/4511311- 4226000
For Salamina, the ferry leaves from Perama. For information call 210 4413178.
Smaller boats also link the Peloponnese at Galatas, Ermioni and Kosta with Poros, Hydra and Spetses respectively.
All the islands except for Salamina are also served by hydrofoils, the Flying Dolphins.
Those for Aegina leave from Piraeus (210 4591423), while those for Poros, Hydra and Spetses leave from Zea Marina 210/4280001
There are yacht refueling stations at Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses For information call. 210 4182236, 210 4181640.