Hydra does not have any cars and cars are not allowed on the island. Transportation of imported/exported goods and people around the island as well as getting up and down the MANY stone steps of the hillside port town – is the job of the donkeys, mules and horses who carry the heavy loads.
As an animal lover, I struggled to enjoy the traditional sights of these equine workers toil in the hot sun – or standing in the hot sun until being rented out by tourists to carry them up the stone steps or along the rocky pathways of the mountainous landscape.
I chose to walk for my own exercise and give some love when I could! I will say the owners looked to be affectionate to their four-legged co-workers. I didn’t observe any water available to them. Not an expert (yet!) on horses, maybe drinking water while working in the hot sun isn’t good for them? But I drank well over five liters of water as I walked the island……