Hydra is an island built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope. It is overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf. The island is famous for its night life and is the favourite of the international Jet-Set. It has a long promenade where you can dine in a restaurant or shop in famous jewellery and art boutiques. The cars are banned on the island and the mules and donkeys are the main means of heavy transport. There are 300 churches, 6 monasteries and many statues of the Independence War. Shipowners and merchants built most of the beautiful mansions in the city. Hydra town has been declared to be a traditional and protected settlement. The island has a lot of beaches with crystal clear waters. The most famous ones are Agios Nikolaos, Bitsi, Vlichos and Kaminia.