My precious island of Hydra. How can I forget you, I finally made it to the romantic Saronic island of Greece. If you don’t remember, I mentioned in one of my blogs, that this is the last Saronic islands I have to step my foot on.

So just to remind you. Saronic island, named after the Saronic Gulf in which they are located, just off the Greek mainland. I managed to tour POROS, AEGINA, AGISTRI, SPETSES, and my beloved Hydra. One main thing you need to know is that each one of these islands has something different to give.

If you are here for a limited time, you can use my contact form and I can help you with arranging for an island hopping or cruise. You can literally visit 3-4 of these islands in one day if you are short on time. But each one of those gems deserves at least one whole day if you can afford to…

Why do I call Hydra a romantic Island? This place describes itself, to me it’s irresistible. Right from the port, Hydra displays its outstanding landscape, welcoming you with a spectacular view. Hydra is not as big, though it’s the largest withing the Saronic island. The town is very narrow, along the coast and most beaches are located between the rocks.

WHAT TO DO IN HYDRA?

To me, this is a 1-2 day visit that’s it. Furthermore, it’s just 1 hr 30 minutes by a speed boat so coming back to the mainland shouldn’t be of any worry.

#1 The Donkeys of Hydra.

Known to be an island without cars, hydra gives you imperishable memories. The locals use mules as an eco-friendly and folkloristic mean of transportation for people and goods; and if you’re brave enough, you can hop on to one of these mules and voila! You get to tour the city on a mule. Hiring one of these is easy, you will find them right at the port of Hydra.

#2 Hydra Horses.

Are you scared of the donkeys or rather mules? Then why don’t you try having a horseback riding? You now understand why I said this is a romantic island, having a slow and passionate tour of the town on a horse chariot is romantic.

#3. Water Taxis Hydra.

You will need one of the water taxies to go to standard destinations such as Kamini, Mandraki, and Vlychos. Also if you want to visit one of the natural beaches, such as Kaoumithi, Nisiza, Limnioniza or Green beaches of Hydra.

#4. Talk a walk Tour.

The city is definitely worth a walking tour, so make sure you bring along your favorite sports shoes and explore the town of Hydra on foot. Even better, walk to Kamini village for a swim. It’s about 30-40 minutes walk. You will not realize it’s taking you that long, because you’ll be constantly entertained by the view of the blue water and of the sun-kissed city behind you. The best place to take photos.

#5. Sightseeing in Hydra.

You can visit the below places if you have enough time to explore the island.

Melina Merkouri Auditorium

Merchant Marine Academy

Historical Archives Museum

Monastery of Prophet Elias

Monastery of Prophet Elias

Dokos Island

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos

Monastery of Agia Matrona

#6 Visit the Beaches of Hydra.

  1. Mandraki Resort Beach: Distance from Hydra: 1.2k, the only sandy beach on Hydra. You can walk, hike, horse ride, take a beach boat or water taxi to this location. Suitable for kids.
  2. Spilia Beach: Distance from Hydra: 50m, You cal walk, hike, horse trek take a beach boat or water taxi.
  3. Hydronetta Beach: Distance from Hydra: 60m You can only walk to this beach.
Hydronetta Beach
  1. Avlaki Beach: Distance From Hydra: 100m and you can only walk to the beach.
  2. Kamini Beach: Distance from Hydra: 0.5K you can walk, horse trek, use a water taxi or a beach boat but you can’t hike to the beach.
  3. Vlychos Beach: Distance from Hydra: 1K You can walk, take a horse, beach boat of the water taxi to the beach.

#7 Visit Rafalia’s Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy was founded in 1890 by Evaggelos Rafalias, grandson of the fighter Dimitrios Rafalias. Considered one of the most beautiful pharmacies in the world, Rafalia’s is an attraction well worth the visit and is one of the most important on the island.

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23 thoughts on “THINGS TO DO IN HYDRA ISLAND GREECE.

  1. I love the idea of a place where there are no cars. I’d love to tour Hydra by mule or horseback. Seems to be the best way to see all the beautiful sites and beaches. As always your photos look so inviting especially the picture of the monastery. Added to the bucket list for sure!

  2. No wonder you call it a romantic island! It is beautiful. These photos have me floored and I want to jump on a place right now. And it looks as though there is a lot to do to keep busy too. I’d love to visit one day!

  3. It actually looks gorgeous! Visiting the Greek Islands used to be a dream of mine when I was in college but it’s not likely I will ever get there. I think I saw a movie once filmed in Cyprus and that made me want to visit. But it looks like it was a great trip!

  4. Oh my lord. This place is absolutely stunning. Firstly, I want to visit. Secondly, I want to hire a mule! What a tale to tell people, when the highlight of a visit is a mule city tour. That monastery is one of the largest I have ever seen. What a great island gem!

  5. You had me at donkeys and the beautiful beaches (my happy place)! I’d never heard of Hydra before and now I definitely want to visit one day!

  6. Your pictures seriously make me want to jump on a plane right now! I’m blown away by the stunning views and the water. Ahhh, the water. I could go on about that forever. This sounds like a perfect place to visit and enjoy. I’ll be adding this to my travel list (which is getting long from reading great blogs like yours and it is time to start checking some places off) to visit.

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