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Hydra is part of the Piraeus Prefecture of the Province Athens.
It is separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait called on some maps "the Hydra Gulf." It is also a municipality and was one of the few provinces in Greece that have only two municipalities and fewer than five communes. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea. The uninhabited island of Dokos is included in the municipality. Hydra is the only inhabited island in the municipality.
Ferries arrive regularly from Piraeus and Napflion on the Peloponnese. No motor vehicles are allowed on this island, so the public transportation is provided by taxi-donkeys. The inhabited area is so compact that most people walk everywhere.
There is one main town, known simply as "Hydra port." It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is a strand of commercial establishments (restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries) catering to tourists and locals (called Hydriots.) Leading up from the harbor are steep stone streets containing most of the houses in which the Hydriots live, along with hostelries that range from luxurious to humble.
The island is practically waterless (it had some wells that were closed by seismic activity in the mid-20th century), so water is imported by boat from the mainland. Most of the island is dry, rocky hillside, empty save for the occasional farmhouse and one or two very isolated Orthodox monasteries.
Street in Hydra
1000 Drachmae with image of Hydra
A 10m lighthouse in Hydra since 1883, rebuild 1946 after the destruction by the Germans in WW II.
The place is rocky and innaccessible from the land. Easternly the lighthouse is found the historical monastery of Saint Annis.
Division of the municipality
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