Hydra

Fireships: How Greece’s Daring Sailors Fought the Turkish Fleet

The fireships were a weapon of necessity used by the skilled sailors of the Greek navy to a devastating, asymmetric effect during the Greek War of Independence.

The Greek Sailor from Hydra Who Became War Hero in Argentina

As a Hydriot, I had been raised on a pantheon of grizzled war heroes — Miaoulis, Koudouriotis, et al—with a focus on their virtues rather than their vices, but I was only vaguely aware that Hydra also exported naval...

Hydra and the World’s Oldest Merchant Marine Academy

Rising, almost vertically from Hydra’s pier, there is a stately mansion housing the world’s oldest continuously operating merchant marine academy. Sailing and shipping, after all, is a knowledge business. For millennia Aegean islanders have plied the seas seeking the fortune...

Hydra’s Wooden Ships on Their Journey Through History

By Alexander Billinis The use for wood in navigation is older than civilization itself, as it is present in nature. A ride hitched on a fallen log begat the dugout canoe, and the rest is history. The Aegean islanders may have...

Hydra’s Secret History and the Riddle of Its Name

I remember growing up on Hydra every summer in the 1980s, leaving my Salt Lake City, Utah home, to go to our home on my father’s native island.

Hydra Offers History and Stunning Beauty in Complete Serenity

Nestled in the Argo Saronic Gulf, just under two hours away from Athens by ferry, Hydra has long been a destination for artists, musicians, and free spirits inspired by its stunning natural beauty and vibrant port town. Internationally known as...

5.1 Earthquake Hits South of Athens

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the island of Hydra, south of Athens, on Monday morning. According to Athens National Observatory's Geodynamics Institute the quake's epicenter was located 53 km (40 miles) south-southeast of Hydra and 119...

Porto Hydra: Greece's Majestic Little Venice

Some call it Greece's Miami; others call it a small Venice. But whatever one wants to call it, Porto Hydra is a majestic place, a hidden paradise, and two hours away from Athens by car. Situated in northern Peloponnese, very...

Pink Floyd Legend David Gilmour Showcases Greek Island of Hydra in Video

Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour of the UK showcased the beautiful Greek island of Hydra and its stunning scenery in his recently released song "Yes, I Have Ghosts." The song, which premiered on Gilmour's YouTube channel on Friday,...

Pink Floyd Legend David Gilmour Live Streams New Song from Greek Island

Legendary former Pink Floyd guitar player David Gilmour did a live streaming including a brand new song of his from a grocery store/tavern of the Greek island of Hydra. The "Yes, I Have Ghosts" song was performed by Gilmour on...