Unlike Elvis’s Graceland and The Beatles’ Liverpool, Hydra is not a shrine to Leonard Cohen. 

The Canadian ‘prophet of doom’ singer lived here – on and off – for six years with his Norwegian girlfriend Marianne, but there is no Cohen trail or plaques commemorating his favourite bars or the charming hilltop house still owned by his family. 

Instead, this beautiful, rugged mountainous island (pop 3,500) goes about its harmonious business.The only mode of transport is by donkey. 

Fishing boats moored in the harbour in Hydra Town with the island’s hills behind

On the quayside a platoon of asses await incoming tourists and take them to small hotels tucked hither and thither. 


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