Hydra, or Ydra, lies just 37 nautical miles south of Athens between the gulfs of the Saronic and Argolis. It has something of an artistic pedigree as well as being a popular weekend destination for Athenians.
Hydra, pronounced 'eedra', was 'discovered' in the late 1950s by artists such as the Canadian singer Leonard Cohen and its harbourside cafes have frequently entertained celebrities, ranging from US writer Henry Miller to British rocker Mick Jagger.
The long, thin island is characterised by its rocky interior, virtually uninhabited with just the odd farmhouse to accompany its few, remote and deserted monasteries.
Beautiful 18th century mansion houses are a reminder of Hydra's past as the home of wealthy merchants and shipbuilders when, during the 18th and 19th centuries Ydra boasted a huge commercial fleet.
Today, strict building laws protect the island's traditional architectural styles and help preserve its serene beauty, although some might find the freshly painted walls and doors just a little too twee for good taste,
Donkeys and boats are still the only form of transport as cars and motorbikes are banned.
Hydra may have no notable beaches, and much of its woodland has been lost to forest fires, but it's still a Greek island that oozes charm while rich Athenians make up a large proportion of its regular visitors.