If you must pick one island near Athens to visit, our vote is for Hydra, 50 mi/80 km south of Athens. It has style—gracious centuries-old stone houses climb the hills surrounding a lovely boat-filled harbor. And it offers peace and quiet—it is easily accessible by ferry, and neither cars nor the obnoxious motorcycles so ubiquitous to Athens are allowed. Transportation options are limited to donkeys and small boats, but the most pleasant way to explore the island is on foot.
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