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Hydra - Dokos

Dokos
Four kilometres north of the western tip of Hydra is the uninhabited island of Dokos, Ancient Aperopia. (Access only by private boat or water-taxi from Hydra.) Lacking any satisfactorily sheltered port in its own coastline, Hydra used the protected bay of Skintos, which cuts deep into the north coast of Dokos, as its winter anchorage for the fleet. But the shelter of the bay has commended itself to mariners for several thousand years before. Evidence of this was the discovery in 1989 of the earliest cargo ship-wreck found so far in the Eastern Mediterranean area, in the waters just off the northeastern tip of the island near Cape Myti Kommeni. The ship, which foundered some time around 2200 bc, was carrying a cargo of vases, amphorae, and other terracotta items, such as braziers. Since then, excavations near to the cape, and at Lezeda on the north coast further to the west, have uncovered two important settlements of the mid-3rd millennium bc. Continuity was maintained into Mycenaean times: the extent of the remains of the two walled settlements which flourished in the 13th and 12th centuries bc, in tandem with the citadel above Vlychos on Hydra, shows that the waters of the Saronic Gulf have al ways had considerable importance, with key trade routes that go back to the 3rd millennium bc, and perhaps earlier.

 

Hydra Island is part of the Argosaronic Island group
Dokos Island


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Hydra Island, the Argosaronic.

On the Makrónisos internment camp, see Yannis Hamilakis, The Nation and its Ruins, Oxford, OUP 2008, or (same author) The Other ‘Parthenon’: Antiquity and National Memory at Makrónisos, Journal of Modern Greek Studies—Vol. 20, No. 2, Oct. 2002, pp. 307–338.

Hydra Travel Guide

eating

Hydra Island, the Argosaronic.

Eating can be surprisingly unimaginative on Hydra by comparison with the high quality of the island"s hotels; there seems little ambition to do more than the regular fare. One of the nicest and most welcoming places, offering fresh and varying proposals in Greek cuisine every day, is Kristina"s (properly "Chrysina"s") "Gitoniko", in the alleyway close by, and to the right of, Stavros Douskos"s long-standing and famous taverna, Xeri Eliá. The latter also has reliable food served on tables beneath the trees in the square; but it is a more commercial operation. To Steki, near Votsi Square, has straightforward fare, and an attractively "un-reconstructed" interior with folk-murals of ships and boats on the walls. At Kamini (15 minutes" walk from the main harbour) Kontylenia"s taverna, has pleasing views and some imaginative dishes.

Hydra Travel Guide

lodging

Hydra Island, the Argosaronic.

Small and characterful, the most pleasant hotel on Folégrandros is the -Kastro Hotel in the heart of the old Kastro, with raftered rooms, traditional furniture and beautiful views (open Apr–Oct, T./fax. 22860 41230, www.hotel castro.com). Anemomilos Studios (T. 22860 41309) and Artemis Rooms (T. 22860 41313), both at the beginning of the road up to the church of the Panaghia, are simpler, but pleasant and panoramic.Small and characterful, the most pleasant hotel on Folégrandros is the -Kastro Hotel in the heart of the old Kastro, with raftered rooms, traditional furniture and beautiful views (open Apr–Oct, T./fax. 22860 41230, www.hotel castro.com). Anemomilos Studios (T. 22860 41309) and Artemis Rooms (T. 22860 41313), both at the beginning of the road up to the church of the Panaghia, are simpler, but pleasant and panoramic.

Hydra Travel Guide

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Hydra Island, the Argosaronic.

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Ýdra or Hýdra:
area 49sq.km
perimeter 64km
resident population 2,629
max. altitude 588m.
Port Authority: 22980 52279.
Travel and information: Ydraïoníki Travel, T. 22980 54007, www. hydra.gr

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