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Plants and Animals


Walking on Hydra one comes across a great variety of trees, plants and flowers, including olive trees, pine trees, almond trees, cypresses, Cyclamen graecum, poppies, capers, sea fennel, sage and thyme.

Bougainvillea HydraBougainvillea HydraPhoto: Qweasdqwe CC 4.0 no changes made

Bougainvilleas add colour to streets and gardens on Hydra. The dominant colour is original (wild) pink, but deep purple, white and orange are also common. Most species shed their leaves in winter and flower from May to October. Because of their high salt resistance, they are also very common on the coast. Due to the favourable Mediterranean climate, fig cacti are found all over Hydra. The figs are edible but should be peeled carefully.

Hottentot Fig, HydraHottentot Fig, HydraPhoto: Ian Culiffe CC 2.0 no changes made

Hottentot figs are creeping plants of the ice family, which are mainly found on the coast of Hydra. They flower from March to July and the fruits are edible.


There are no large wild animals on Hydra, but of course there are many domesticated (mule) donkeys, goats and sheep. Quails and partridges, as well as many migratory birds, occur on the island.

Greek Tortoise, HydraGreek Tortoise, HydraPhoto: Donkey shot CC 3.0 no changes made

The Greek tortoise is found all over Hydra, except in inhabited areas, but is not easy to trace. Early spring is the best time to see the turtles, as they are just coming out of hibernation and looking for food and a partner.



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