The Monastery of Dormition (Kimisi Theotokou), stands the middle of the quayside in Hydra's port. It was founded around 1645, based on the plans of Venetian and Genoese architects. In 1750 an earthquake destroyed the beautiful building and it was then reconstructed a few years later. Today only the main church functions. It is a basilica with colonnades, impressive decoration and a magnificent three-storey bell-tower made from Tinos' island marble. The monk cells and the rest of the old monastery, house Hydra's Town Hall and a small Ecclesiastic Museum.
The harbor of Hydra is always very crowded in high season and is best avoided at that time. Early spring is the best time to visit, when it is usually possible to moor either on the south quay or the inside of the north breakwater (where, however, it shallows as you go further in).
Lagoudera, the previous name of Omilos bar-restaurant, was one of the most famous restaurants in Greece, visited by many international celebrities, such as, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas and Aristotelis Onassis. It is situated in an excellent location, with amazing sea views and atmosphere.
A particular picturesque fishing port is the large unorganized Kamini beach just 20 minutes from the town of Hydra. Ideal place to stay overnight as there are many accommodations or to just enjoy the authentic traditional cuisine at the surrounding restaurants.