Holidays in Hydra

    Hydra is the most impressive island in the Argo Saronic Gulf. Due to its close distance to Athens, it gets very popular as a summer weekend destination. The town is constructed on the slopes of a hill around a port and impresses visitors at first sight with the elegant stone mansions. The special thing about Hydra island is that cars and other motor vehicles are entirely prohibited in all the island, so all transport is done on foot, by boat or riding the donkey. In fact, the donkeys are very characteristic figures of Hydra Greece. Beaches on the island are actually small coves with crystal water and green surroundings. Agios Nikolaos, Bitsi, Vlichos and Kaminia are the most beautiful beaches on the island.

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    Travel guide to Hydra, Greece

    Hydra island holidays guide

    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 island is that motor vehicles are not allowed on the island and all transport is done by foot or boat. Holidays in Hydra will give you moments of true relaxation.

    General information

    Have a look on the travel guide that we have prepared for Hydra holidays and see the best beaches, villages and sights to visit on the island. Also through our last collection of photos, 360 pictures, videos and maps, you get to know the location better before heading there.

    Things to see and do

    Hydra beaches

    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.

    The main 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 Hydra holidays. Due to its location, the island has frequent ferry connections with Athens, Poros, Spetses and Ermioni in Peloponnese.

    Organize your holidays

    Check our travel services and organize better your holidays in Hydra. See the hotels we suggest, have a look at our tours that include Hydra in Greece and book your ferry tickets to the island through our online system.


    Hotels in Hydra

    Most accommodations in Hydra island are concentrated in the scenic capital of the island, Hydra Town. There are plenty of small, friendly hotels and romantic boutique guesthouses there, housed in elegant stone mansions. These venues provide easy access to the many tourist facilities of the town and to the port. Few studios are also found in Kaminia and Vlichos, while a large hotel is constructed in Mandraki.

    Highlights in Hydra

    Beautiful port of 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.
    Amazing waters in Bisti beach
    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.
    Picturesque port village of Kaminia
    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.
    Pebbled beach of Vlichos
    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.

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