Greece’s only car-free island is a perfectly preserved sanctuary for aspiring artists, art collectors, and affluent Athenians.
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Hydra, Greek Islands, Greece|bratserahotel.com|
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Hidden behind whitewashed walls, this small hotel is a peaceful oasis set back from Hydra’s bustling port.
A converted sponge factory built in 1860, Bratsera brims with character. Colonial-style furniture and nautical antiques decorate the lobby. Shabby-chic rooms in pastel shades are simply but strikingly furnished, with wooden floors, antique prints, and linen drapes. Most overlook the lovely pool and restaurant, set in a courtyard draped in wisteria. For old-fashioned charm, Bratsera is unrivalled on Hydra.
It’s set on a quiet alley surrounded by traditional stone houses with tiled roofs and flower-filled courtyards. It’s only two minutes’ stroll to the port with its lively cafés, shops, bars and restaurants.
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