Unique Culture

A Haven for Artists on a Greece Sailing Holiday

By MedSailors Crew
on  June 17, 2013

Sailing Holidays to Greece

The Greek island of Hydra is a popular hotspot for the Athens and Greece sailing crowd, located just 45 miles across the water from the Greek capital. Filled with cafes, bars and a slower pace of life played out on the cobbled streets, the island has a lot to offer as an escape. In recent times, it has become renowned for its reputation as an ‘artist colony’.

Hydra was first “discovered” in the 1950-60s when artists, including the musician and creator Leonard Cohen, flocked to town, attracted by the region’s quaint charm and authenticity. Since then, the island’s reputation has grown and today it is a stronghold for contemporary art with its beautiful architecture and bohemian past, drawing creative types to its shores.

The international art community’s strong presence gives Hydra a unique character that cannot be found elsewhere in the Greek isles or even, the world. Rather than arty in the ‘conventional’ way, Hydra offers small scale community with big ideas, making for a friendly yet immensely desirable place for both artist and art lover alike.

The island’s main town of Hydra boasts a number of world-class galleries tucked away down side streets and in hidden corners. Its art spaces are host to an ever changing exhibition of art projects, featuring everything from the emerging to the established artist.

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