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How Sophia Loren Made Hollywood Fall in Love With Greece

Sophia Loren, the great Italian actress, was the star of the first Hollywood movie ever shot in Greece, on the majestic island of of Hydra.

The Greek Sailor From Hydra Who Became War Hero in Argentina

A Greek sailor from Hydra named Nicholas Kolmaniatis, who would be known most of his life as Nicholas Jorge, became a war hero in Argentina in the 19th century. As a Hydriot, I had been raised on a pantheon of...

Leonard Cohen Lives on Forever on Greek Island of Hydra

Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen was continuously inspired by the Greek island of Hydra throughout his long career.

Fireships: How Greece’s Daring Sailors Destroyed 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.

Hydra, Where the Modern Greek Merchant Marine Began

Most Greeks have substantial familiarity with the graphically gorgeous island of Hydra due to the island's protagonist role in the epic struggle of the Greek War of Independence. Most non-Greeks familiar with the island know it as a place of...

Greece’s Hydra Boasts the World’s Oldest Merchant Marine Academy

Rising from Hydra’s pier, there is a stately mansion housing the world’s oldest continuously operating merchant marine academy.

Porto Hydra: Greece’s Majestic Little Venice

Porto Hydra Village, located in the Peloponnese, is a majestic place, a hidden paradise, and two hours away from Athens by car. Some call it Greece's Miami; others call it a small Venice. Situated quite close to the port town...

Hydra’s Wooden Ships on Their Journey Through History

The wooden ship tradition did not die out at Hydra. The Hydriots and other Greek islanders continued to hew large and small caiques as before

Hydra Offers History and Stunning Beauty in Complete Serenity

Hydra has long been a destination for artists, musicians, and free spirits inspired by its stunning natural beauty and vibrant port town.

Artist Jeff Koons Displays Artwork on Greek Island of Hydra

Jeff Koons, one of the world's most famous contemporary artist, adorned the Greek island of Hydra with his own version of an ancient Greek temple of Apollo. The iconic American artist transformed the Slaughterhouse, an art space located just outside...