Hydra has a certain charm that has inspired artists for centuries. It is small yet cosmopolitan, wild and independent but also stylish and bohemian. Reaching the main port, you’ll soak some amazing views and feel the revolutionary vibes as Hydra and its many captains played a pivotal role during the Greek Independence war. Cannons still face the Aegean Sea like they are ready for one more battle. Part of Hydra’s charm is that it is car-free all the way. Once you hop off, your only means of transportation will be your own two feet or one of the numerous donkeys, as donkey trotting has become a quintessential Hydra experience. Hydra is also big on art. Visit the DESTE Foundation, a small slaughterhouse turned into an art space by art patron Dakis Joannou. The port is perfect for those who want to unwind, idly sip their coffee and engage in some celebrity-spotting. Sundowners at Hydronetta are a must. If you feel brave enough you can jump off the cliffs. If not, get a sunbed, lay back and enjoy the fabulous views. Techne – meaning art – is an amazing lunch and dinner spot. As per beaches, Hydra is not exactly a beachy paradise but Vlichos, Plakes and Madraki will do the trick.