Although Athenians favorite “escape island”, Hydra still has a picture-perfect harbor, which immediately absorbs any tourists. Cars aren’t allowed on the island so you will have to use a donkey-taxi to take your luggage to the hotel. Hydra is the perfect destination for any artists. A charming little island still unspoiled by mass tourism, Hydra can be the perfect spot for your next vacation.
Hydra is located off the cost of the Pelopponese, in the middle of the Saronic Gulf.
How to get to Hydra
By ferry, you can arrive on Hydra from Athens. The trip takes between 1 hour and 2 hours, depending on the ferry you are taking. It’s always a good idea to buy the tickets in advance if you plan to visit the island in the summer.
The Harbor and the Donkeys
Once you arrived on the island you’ll soon notice that there aren’t any cars allowed. But don’t worry about carrying your luggage up the hill. Donkeys are there to carry you and your luggage. And I’m sure you –and the kids -will love them.
Hydra harbor is picture perfect. Tavernas and shops scattered all over the place so no wonder the main activity on the island is people watching. If you are an artist, you will be inspired by this magnificent place. Just spend a day here and you’ll go home with the story of your life!
Churches and Monasteries
Hydra is also known for its 365 churches. Right on the waterfront there is the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Another landmark you should not miss is the clock tower.
If you want an active vacation, hike on Mount Eros to the monastery of Profitis Ilias –monks are still living there -and the convent of Agia Efpraxia. During springtime you will be astonished by the variety of wildflowers which grown on the hills.
Tucked Away Places to Eat
Hydra can be very expensive, but there are also those tucked away restaurants waiting for the traveler who want to experience the Greek cuisine, rather than spend time people watching (or wanting to be seen).
- Kryfo Limani is also known as Secret Port of Captain Andreas. Why? Because it is really hidden…walk up the street from where the donkeys hang out and make a right at the first junction. Walk about two blocks and then start asking for directions. You might be able to find it.
- Strofilia is probably the best place where you can enjoy mezedes and ouzo on Hydra.
- Leonidas Taverna is the best traditional restaurant on the island. Take the road next to the monastery and you will see it on the right hand side of the road…but it’s better to make reservations in advance.
Nightlife-wise, Hydra is quite similar to Mykonos. During summer things really heat up. There are a lot of bars and discos to choose from and you will definitely have a lovely time here partying.