One of the most picturesque islands of Greece, Hydra is accessed only in 2 hours ferry ride from Athens. The charming town amazes visitors at first sight. The special thing about Hydra is that motor vehicles are not allowed on the island and all transport is done by foot or boat.
Things to see and do
The special thing about Hydra island is that cars and generally all motor vehicles are prohibited in the entire island, so all transport is done on foot, by boat or riding the donkey. According to mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was a nine-headed monster, sister of Medusa, and was killed by Hercules. Geographically located between Poros and Spetses, this is among the most picturesque Greek islands and it belongs to the Saronic islands group.
Hydra Town distinguishes with the elegant stone mansions constructed on the slopes of a hill around the port and the cosmopolitan nightlife. This port is the most romantic place for an evening drink, a long promenade and a dinner at the many restaurants. Kaminia and Mandraki are also picturesque villages, while relaxing beaches are found all around the island. Agios Nikolaos, Bisti, Kaminia and Vlichos are amazing beaches to swim. If you like trekking, note that many trekking paths start from the Town and lead to monasteries in the centre of the island.
This guide of Hydra proposes all useful information about holidays there. Due to its location, the island has frequent ferry connections with Athens, Poros, Spetses and Ermioni in Peloponnese.
Highlights in Hydra
Hydra Town is among the most picturesque places in Greece. Its elegant stone mansions are constructed on the slopes of a hill around the port. Paved narrow streets cross this town.
Located on the southern side of Hydra is a nice beach with amazing blue green waters and pebbled coast. Bisti can be accessed by boat from the main port.
Kaminia is a lovely village with vibrant colours and a small fishing port. It can be accessed through a short hike from Hydra Town. Many fish taverns are found there.
Right next to Kaminia is the nice beach of Vlichos, with black pebbles on the shore and crystal waters. As this is an organized beach, it gives great chances for a day at the sun.