5Discover an Uncrowded Island Paradise on Hydra

Theatre fans, this one’s for you: Hydra’s harbor was built in the shape of an amphitheater. Colorful boats bob in the water on the “stage,” while the “orchestra” is occupied with busy restaurants, shops, cafés, and art galleries. Stone-lined streets lead steeply up to the “balconies,” where stately mansions look out over the water.

But you’ll have to hike there yourself, or catch a ride on a local donkey: no cars are allowed on the island. The ban on motor vehicles is a large part of what makes Hydra so peaceful. (There’s one exception: garbage trucks are allowed.)