Hydra is considered by many to be one of the most attractive of all the Greek islands.
Strict architectural controls keep the island looking traditional, and the absence of motor traffic makes the place very peaceful, and the pace of life slows right down.
Donkeys are used to transport all goods around the island's cobbled lanes.
There are frequent ferry and hydrofoil services to Hydra from Pireaus, especially in the summer months. The hydrofoil takes about one hour, the ferry twice as long.
Despite the island's quiet 'village' feel, there are many chic boutiques and lively bars, and the island draws a monied crowd. It is also frequented by artists and the jet set.
Leonard Cohen has had a house here for many years, and Richard Branson and Joan Collins have visited.
The beaches on the island are mostly pebbly, and the water is very clear and clean, and the bottom shelves steeply in some areas. Mira Mare beach has a water sports centre. The local children dive from the cliffs into the deep blue waters surrounding the island.
Several of the impressive mansions on the island have been opened up to the public and some house permanent exhibitions.
The island is a great place for hiking and offers routes of varying difficulty. Springtime is probably best when the island is covered with flowers and the weather is not too hot.