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Hydra island, Greece
Hydra is one of the Saronic islands, close to Athens. Even though it has a good nightlife, it is quiet since cars and motorbikes are not allowed.
The people on Hydra live off tourism to a great degree, but there are also fishermen and farmers on the island. Hydra also houses a large amount of artists, and many foreigners have settled down on the island. Because it is so close to Athens Greece, many islanders also work in Athens during the winter.
Hydra town is a lovely place just for strolling around. Many of its buildings date back to the 18th century, and is built around the harbour. Here, you can visit many art galleries, the churches of St. Constantine (ag. Konstantinos), the Virgin Mary (with a tall clock tower) and St. John (Ag. Ioannis) for example.
There are many monasteries on the island open for visitors. Note: you must dress appropriately to be let in: long skirts and covered shoulders for women, long trousers for men. The nunnery Ag. Efpraxia and the monastery of the Prophet Elias (Profitis Elias) are both situated on Mt. Eros and both have breathtaking views to offer.