Entering the port, the view is phantasmagorical. The town is spread out around the port and climbs up two rocky hills. All of the houses are traditional and the entire town has been declared a protected area. All wheeled vehicles are banned on the island.
Hydra began to flourish around the 18th century, mainly due to its commercial fleet, which reached France, Spain and even America. It has a significant naval history and tradition. Restored mansions, the old, colorful port with its cannons and battlements, the museums, monasteries, and its naval school define the island and underscore its historical importance. Hydra, along with Spetses and Psara, played an important role in the liberation struggle of 1821 due to their large naval forces. Indeed, Hydra sported 186 ships at the time of the 1821 Revolution.
Delicious ladera, lots of fresh fish and seafood, crowned by the famous squid of Hydra, stuffed sardines along with almira and kritamo, summer greens, red mullet savoro, organic fava bean purée in elegant as well as cultish or cosmopolitan tavernas and restaurants with amazing sunsets together with the local amygdalota for desert is what a visitor should try during his stay on the island.