Hydra is a picturesque harbour that has changed very little since the mid 19th century. There is no motorised transport on the island - donkeys are the only form of transport!
It has many boutique shops and beautiful mansion houses, which subsequently attract throngs of tourists and celebrities. It can be very busy in peak season and is usually best visited at the start and end of the season.
Hydra is a very popular stop, thus boats are likely to be rafted out, even when you get in early and anchor tangles will sometimes be likely!
There is plenty to do once you are in Hydra. There are some fantastic walks exploring the rest of the island, but do wear shoes with decent grip as the tread from the donkeys has made many of the cobbled streets a little slippery. Boutique and jewellery shops are abundant in Hydra, so take your credit card!
There is also great swimming at Mandraki Bay, 2km east of Hydra Town. This can be reached by water taxi or by walking and has a floating trampoline in the bay. There is also a good swimming and snorkelling spot by the Sunset Bar west of the town.