Breaking News

Bookmarks 100 : Recent Posts
Δείτε τις τελευταίες Αναρτήσεις απο το  Ιστολόγιό μας!

Latest News in Greek!


Best Bookmarks Load More

Architecture Load More

Top Web News Load More

Photography Load More

Wallpapers Load More

Music and Videos Load More



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Photos of the Week (2/2012 - Week 1) - The Island of Hydra,Greece


 Hydra The Island of Artists


 Hydra (Greek: Ύδρα, is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea (Υδρέα, derived from the Greek word for "water"), which was a reference to the springs on the island.

The municipality Hydra consists of the islands Hydra (area 50 km2), Dokos (pop. 13, area 12.5 km2) and a few uninhabited islets.

There is one main town, known simply as "Hydra port" (pop. 2,526 in 2001). It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. Most of the local residences, as well as the hostelries on the island are located on these streets. Other small villages or hamlets on the island include Mandraki, Kamini, Vlychos, Palamidas, Episkopi, and Molos.


Transport, tourism and leisure
No cars are allowed in Hydra, so the only transport is by donkey, bicycle or foot.
Hydra depends upon tourism, and Athenians comprise a sizeable segment of its visitors. High speed hydrofoils and catamarans from Piraeus, some 37 nautical miles (69 km) away, serve Hydra, as do daily island ferry boats. (The ferries take about three hours for the transit; the hydrofoils and catamarans substantially less.) The island also has ferries to Aegina, Poros, Spetses, Nafplion and Monemvasia.

Garbage trucks are the only motor vehicles on the island, as cars or motorcycles are not allowed by law. Donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation. The inhabited area, however, is so compact that most people walk everywhere.

Hydra benefits from numerous bays and natural harbours, and has a strong maritime culture. The island remains a popular yachting destination, and is the home of the Kamini Yacht Club, an international yacht club based in the port of Kamini.
The Tsamadou mansion on the left-hand side of the harbour as one enters is now a Maritime Academy.
The Tombazi mansion is now part of the School of Fine Arts.
The mansions of Lazarus and George Kountouriotis, Boudouri, Kriezi, Voulgari, and Miaouli all contain collections of 18th Century island furniture. The descendants of Lazarus Kountouriotis donated his mansion to the Historic-Ethnologic Institute of Greece. Today, it operates as extension branch of the National Museum of History.






 There are numerous churches and six Orthodox monasteries. Two particularly noteworthy monasteries are Profitis Ilias, founded in the 19th Century, and Ayia Efpraxia. Both are on a hill overlooking the main harbour.

The island's Cathedral is the old Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin and sits on the quayside in the town. The Monastery contains the tomb of Lazarus Koundouriotis, the richest sea captain on Hydra, who gave his entire fortune to support the Greek War of Independence.


 



Credits : Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Official Site : http://www.hydra.com.gr
Share This
Blogger
Facebook
Disqus

comments powered by Disqus

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Subscribe
Labels
Popular Posts

Welcome! Be One of Us!

Welcome! Be One of Us!
Σας καλωσορίζουμε στην διαδικτυακή μας κοινότητα , ένα κόμβο Αδελφοποιημένων Δικτύων (Twinned Networks), πατήστε την εικόνα για περισσότερες πληροφορίες

My Video-clips

My Video-clips
Press on the Image

Bring Them Back!

Top Stories

My Zimbio

Music Slide-Show

Music Slide-Show
Tropical Islands

1001Archives / Galleries

1001Archives / Galleries
press on the image

Google+ Followers

© 1001Archives All rights reserved