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Almond Festival (February)

Almond Festival (February) The “Feast of the Almond, has been celebrated on Hydra since the first decades of the twentieth century, initially among small groups

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Apokreas (Carnival)

apokreas (carnival) The Greek name for Carnival, Apokreas, derivies from the Greek phrase αποχή από κρέας, literally meaning “abstinence from meat.” Similarly, the word “carnival”

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Assumption Day

Assumption Day Celebrated on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a national holiday as well as a religious occasion.

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Avlaki

Located about five minutes by foot outside Hydra Town heading west along the cost road, the Avlaki neighborhood consists of a beautiful, small bay and a small group of houses rising steeply from the street to the top of the hill

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Christmas on Hydra

Christmas (Χριστούγεννα) on Hydra While not quite as prominent as Easter, or Pascha, Christmas is still an important holiday celebrated on Hydra, as witnessed by

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Easter (Πάσχα)

Easter (Πάσχα) On Good Friday (Megali Paraskevi) villagers carry candles and follow the procession of the Epitaph. After the Epitaph (or Christ’s funeral bier), decorated with

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Epiphany

Epiphany Epiphany (ἐπιφάνεια, meaning “manifestation”) or Theophany (Θεοφάνεια, meaning “vision of God”) is an Orthodox feast day that commemorates Jesus’s baptism in the Jordan River,

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Episkopi

The first organized settlement on Hydra was located here, at Episkopi, far inland and up in the mountains, invisible to passing ships. These early settlers were primarily shepherds and farmers, not sailors, and this concealed location provided protection from marauding seafarers, although the village was ultimately destroyed, probably by pirates.

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Hydra Harbor & Town

Hydra Harbor and Town are collectively the island’s commercial and social center. Here you will find the bulk of hotels and guesthouses, bars, restaurants. and tavernas, cafes, shops and municipal services, banks, and so forth.

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Hydra in Film

hydra in film Το Τραγούδι Του Χωρισμού (The Song of Seperation, 1940) A Girl in Black Michael Cacoyannis, dir. (1956) Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

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Hydra’s Sights

Mansions, museums, churches, statues, monuments, and other points of interest. To see locations, click here.

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Independence Day

Independence Day On March 25, Greeks celebrate the Greek National Anniversary, a major religious holiday with military parades in the larger towns and cities, celebrating

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Kala Pigadia

The neighborhood of Kala Pigadia (Good Wells) takes its name from the freshwater wells at its back. These are only functioning public wells left on Hydra.

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Kamini

The traditional and picturesque fishing village of Kaminia (Kilns) is located to west of Hydra Harbor along the coast road.

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Kiafa

Hydra’s oldest residential area emerged in the 1600s, likely on the heels of the monastery’s construction in the main port in c. 1640.

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Kondouriotia

Kondouriotia In late August, the Municipality of Hydra organizes a commemoration of the death of the first (and third) president of the Greek Republic, Hydriot

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Mandraki

Mandraki Bay is about 2 kilometers east of Hydra Harbor. In the past, Mandraki served as Hydra’s primary naval port.

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May Day (Protomayia)

May Day (Protomayia) In the days before this national holiday, the Greeks’ version of Labor Day, locals traditionally gather colorful wild spring flowers from the

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Miaoulia

Hydra is famed for its Miaoulia festival, held on the weekend closest to June 21 in honour of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, an important Hydriot naval commander in the Greek War of Independence (1821–1827).

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New Year’s on Hydra

New Year’s Day (Πρωτοχρονιά) New Year’s Day (Πρωτοχρονιά) is also celebrated ecclesiastically as the feast of St. Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ. In Greek

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Oxi Day

Oxi Day Oxi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas (r. August 4, 1936—January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum, made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October

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Spring and Fall Regattas

Spring and Fall Regattas Hydra hosts two annual three-day regattas that mark the beginning and end of the racing season. The first, held on the

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Traditional Cuisine & Dishes

Depending on the season, you will find some combination of certain traditional Greek dishes on any given day. Be sure to check the “vitrina” inside to see what dishes on offer are fresh!

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Tsiknopempti

Tsiknopempti Tsiknopempti, the Greek Orthodox equivalent of the Catholic Fat Thursday, literally means “Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat,” with tsikna translating to “charred

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Vlichos Beach, Hydra Greece
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Vlichos

Heading west from Kamini the coastal road turns to a dirt path just after Kamini (Castello) Beach. After about 10 to 15 minutes, you will find yourself looking down on the beach and village of Vlichos.

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