Size: 49,586 km2
Accessibility: By hydrofoil from Piraeus port
After a two-hour boat journey from Athens, the port and town of Hydra, spread over two hills, beckons like a sight for sore eyes. The islandís rich naval history is reflected by the old and beautifully restored mansion, museums and cannons. Hydra is known for two things: its strict building rules and no car policy. The former ensures a unique atmosphere maintained through the ages and the latter is a novelty among Greek islands. No wheeled vehicles are allowed and transportation is carried on foot, friendly donkeys and water taxis take visitors to the islandís beaches. One canít help but get the feeling that time has stopped in this corner of the world, thus Hydra is the location to relax, slow down and enjoy a long lost way of living.