A neighbor to Spetses in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra maintains an old-world charm thanks to its architecture and historic villas, its lack of cars (which are prohibited on the island), donkeys and small tavernas on rooftops and in flower-lined courtyards.

At the same time it has become a favorite among the international contemporary art world thanks to the annual exhibitions by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, housed in the old abattoir; the Old School Project; the activities of the collector Pauline Karpidas at the Hydra Workshop and many other exhibitions and activities every summer.

Or you just may want to relax and enjoy a calmer, more refined pace of life at this island that is only a short hop from Athens and the Peloponnese.