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A visit to Hydra is like taking a step back in time. You won’t hear the roar of a motorcycle or the hum of a car engine here, as they aren’t permitted. Instead, transport is by foot, boat or donkey. This is the place to go if you’re looking to relax and get away from it all, enjoying an authentic Greek island experience with few other tourists, and most conversations spoken in Greek.
Hydra Island At A Glance
Population of Hydra Island 2000
What to See in Hydra Island Horse riding, long hikes, watersports including canoeing & kayaking, exploring the mansion museums, catch a spectacular sunset
Towns or islands to visit near Hydra Island Athens, Poros, Spetses, Evia
Things to do in Hydra Island
Visitors can enjoy horseback riding excursions through several outfitters like Harriet’s Hydra Horses with treks from 30 minutes to eight hours, some of which include rides along the coast, to the island’s highest peaks, swimming with the horse or even a visit to a monastery.
Hydra is popular for hiking outside of the summer months. An easy 40-minute trek starts from Hydra Town leading to Kastraki and Kastro. Some of the highlights include a 17th-century castle and an old naval station that’s now a hotel, along with picturesque villages. The hike from Hydra to the Monastery of Agios Nikolas takes about an hour, leading to the 17th-century monastery through a wild, scenic landscape. You can also take in scenic views of the island by hiking to the Profita Ilias monastery.
Of course, surrounded by a crystal-clear sea there are lots of opportunities for water sports on Hydra, including canoeing and kayaking as well as snorkeling and diving There are a wide variety of diving adventures that can be enjoyed including underwater caves and reefs as well as old wrecks. The Hydra Diving Center is the place to go to discover the underwater world here for an especially unique diving experience.
Explore the Mansion Museums
Some of the mansions that once belonged to ships’ captains are now museums. One of the top things to do on Hydra is to explore them, with Lazaros Koundouriotis the most popular. The impressive building may be just as magnificent as its contents, with coffered wood ceilings and a marble carved-relief wellhead. It houses a variety of paintings by Periklis Byzantios, the first director of the Fine Arts School nearby, and his son, Dikos along with an ethnographic section that includes jewelry, pottery, costumes, lavish pan-Hellenic weavings and more. The Historical Archives Museum showcases artifacts from the War of Independence, costumes and old gravures along with temporary exhibitions.
Trips to Hydra
Athens - Poros - Poliegos - Folegandros - Santorini - Antiparos - Paros - Delos - Mykonos - Syros - Kythnos8 NightsFrom $3,560 ppA luxury Greek islands small ship cruise visiting the key highlights of Greece including Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos, along with lesser known destinations including Folegandros and Syros. Enjoy an overnight stay in a 4 star hotel in Athens prior to boarding the cruise.
When to go: May to SeptemberNew Ship
Athens - Hydra - Monemvasia - Pavlopetri - Olympia - Zakynthos - Navagio - Ithaca - Gidaki - Itea - Delphi - Galaxidi - Meteora11 NightsFrom $5,320 ppExplore some well-known locations as well as some hidden gems on an intimate cruise with private tours in Athens and Meteora.
Athens - Kea - Delos - Mykonos - Santorini - Rethymnon/Crete - Kythira - Monemvassia - Nafplion - Hydra - Athens7 NightsFrom $3,190 ppAn 8 day luxury Greek islands small ship cruise visiting the best of Greece including Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete with lesser known destinations including Hydra, Monemvassia and Kythira. Enjoy an overnight stay in a 4 star hotel in Athens prior to boarding the cruise.
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