Hydra, in the Argo Saronic Gulf, is now a stop-off on the glittery international art circuit and yet the boho, go-slow Greek island of Hydra will always sway gently to its own rhythm.

Hydra shot to fame in 1956 as the location for A Girl in Black, directed by Michael Cacoyannis.  Despite its high-profile reputation, the island remains endearingly time-warped: as a listed architectural reserve, all new construction is banned, and the town remains blissfully free of motor vehicles;  photogenic donkeys (or mules) do most haulage.

Stay at the gorgeous Cotommatae Hydra 1810 hotel.

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