Hydra is just as described. A true step back in time, but with good plumbing, and WiFi. The locals are friendly and warm. Most speak English, if not more languages.There are several spectacular restaurants on the water. We are from Chicago, and I can't explain the calm that comes over my family as we step of the and quot;Flying Dolphin and quot; from Athens. No motorized vehicles makes it so that all night you only hear the distant laughter from the clubs at the port, or a rooster, or a donkey, or church bells...we sleep so soundly! The hotels are lovely. We've stayed at 2 different ones, both bed and breakfast style. They are large homes that have been completely re-done to rent out rooms like the nicest of our American bed and breakfast places. They are clean, with air conditioning and excellent plumbing. I keep mentioning the plumbing because not all islands are like this, and we take that for granted sometimes. The streets are clean cobblestone with white wall and flowers hanging from balconies. The muleteers carry your luggage to your hotel, and clean up after their donkeys on the way, so you don't have to worry all the time about stepping on animal and quot;droppings and quot;.
We've been to other Greek islands, this is a treasure! You won't be disappointed.