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Hydra Practical info


General Info
CLIMATE
Hydra is located opposite the east coast of the Peloponnese and separated from it by a narrow strip of water. Actually the island is located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf; as such it is considered one of the Argosaronic Islands.
Generally the island has a dry climate with mild winters and dry warm summers. Although the island owes its name to the many fresh water springs it had in ancient times, it is now almost arid.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Hydra is: +30 22980.
If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Getting there
BY BOAT
The island of Hydra can only be reached by boat. Either the visitor takes a hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus with the whole journey lasting just an hour and a half or by driving for about two and a half hours down to Metochi settlement located on the east coast of the Peloponnese, leaving the car in a parking area and then taking either a ferry (Information Hydra Lines: 6947325263 FAX: 22980-52961) or a sea taxi (Information: 22980-53690) across or by using one’s own private boat.
 
Hellenic Seaways Flying Dolphins:
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit: http://www.hellenicseaways.gr
Piraeus Tel.: +30 210 4199000
Hydra (Hydreoniki Travel Agency) Tel.: +30 22980 54007, 53812

AEGEAN Flying Dolphins:

Hydra: +30 22980 54180, fax: +30 22980 54185
Piraeus: +30 210 4121654, +30 210 4121647

Hydra Port Authority Tel.: +30 22980 52279
Piraeus Port Authority Tel.: +030 210 4226000, 210 4114005

Local Transportation

Hydra offers peace of mind as cars are not allowed on the island, transportation for visitors wanting to reach the beaches consists in either going on foot or by using a small boat (kaiki) or sea taxi. For the visitors who do not prefer sea transportation, there is always the additional solution of using a donkey, which has been established as a traditional transportation means on the island.

LOCAL BOATS
From the port of Hydra local boats are operating routes to the beaches and across to Metochi settlement.

Tel.: +30 22980 53690


Local Services
BANKS & ATMS
In the case you need a bank on Hydra, you will find the Alpha Bank and the National Bank of Greece. All banks provide also ATM services. Note that all credit cards internationally recognized are accepted in most of the island's restaurants, bars & shops.
Banks opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00 - 14.30
Friday: 8.00 - 14.00


Alpha Bank Tel. +30 22980 54053
National Bank of Greece Tel. +30 22980 52578

MONEY EXCHANGE                
Post offices exchange cash, but not traveller’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveller’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in some shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.                                                                              

POST OFFICE                                                                                                       
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. The local postal code is 84010.

Hydra Post Office Tel.: +30 22980 52262 / 53398

POLICE STATION                                                                                                            
Hydra Police Station Tel.: +30 22980 52205

MUNICIPALITY OF HYDRA
Tel.: +30 22980 52210 / 53003


Useful Numbers
•    Tourist Police: 171
•    Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 210 9699101-3
•    Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
•    Hydra Port Authority: +30 22980 52279

INTERNATIONAL PRESS      
                                  
International press can be found in the town of Hydra. If you are looking for something very specific, though, we suggest looking for it in Piraeus or Athens.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
Hydra Hospital Tel.: +30 22980 53150
Hydra Health Centre Tel.: +30 22980 52420

PHARMACY
Pharmacies are located in the town of Hydra. Pharmacists are well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints or to prepare prescriptions. For your convenience, find below an indicative list with pharmacies.

Rafalias Vangelis Tel.: +30 22980 52059
Gavalas Panagiotis Tel.:+30 22980 53260


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