Surrounding the port are the cannons that protected the harbor in the past. The bastions are some of the sights to see for its historical significance are undeniable. These bastions protected Hydra from the attacks of the Turkish fleet who were superior at that time in terms of quantity.
At the port of Hydra is an impressive mansion that doubles as a museum—the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra. Founded in 1918, the museum is housed in a stone mansion that used to be home to a local ship owner named Gikas Koulouras. By the entrance are some old anchors, and inside the museum are educational, religious, administrative, and religious archives from the Greek Revolution that have been stored in the Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary for years. Relics from the Balkan Wars, the World War I, and the World War II are also exhibited here.
Another point of interest in Hydra is the Merchant Marine Academy located in the Tsamadou Mansion. Founded in 1749, this marine academy is the first one that operated in Greece. It was first named Saint Nikolaos, then changed into the Merchant Marine Academy of Hydra in 1800. It wasn’t until 1930 that it was named the Merchant Marine Academy, which is the name that it still bears today. The academy has competent professors who are famed for their papers on stars and astrophysics. Compulsory service for students here is four years, and the academy also provides training seminars for outside organizations.
An interesting sight to see in Hydra is the Ecclesiastical Museum. Located above the port, this Museum is housed in the church of Assumption which was erected in 1648 but rebuilt in 1774. The museum contains Byzantine icons, clerk relics, and holy gospels.
In addition to the cultural attractions that Hydra has to offer, it also has pebbled beaches for the nature lovers, one of which includes the Hydra Vichos Beach. Located in a resort with the same name, Hydra Vichos Beach is a quiet family-friendly beach with crystal clear waters. Just a short distance from Hydra Town is the rocky Siplia Beach wherein the waters are crystal clear and deep blue. Walking distance from Hydra Town as well is the Hydronetta Beach which has an extremely popular place because of the bar that overhangs the rocks in which people can relax while enjoying the view as relaxing ambient is played on the bar. In between Vilhos and Hydra Town is the kid-friendly Kaminia Beach wherein the waters are shallow and clean, making it an ideal swimming venue for parents and children.
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