There are a number of day trips you can do both on Hydra, nearby islands and on the mainland opposite.
There are a number day treks to do on Hydra. The walks cross the rough terrain so good walking shoes and water to drink are necessary. Episcopi, Mount Eros and the 6 monasteries are just some of the famous walks. April/May and September/October are ideal months for trekking, not too hot, abundant with flowers in the Spring months and not crowded.
Monastery of Prophet Elias
The Monastery of Prophet Elias is high up overlooking the town of Hydra and boasts some beautiful buildings. Built around a courtyard enclosing the main church of the monastery. Today, there are usually just 2 monks living at the monastery and they care for the church, the buildings, the animals stabled there and the vegetable gardens. The monastery is famous in Greek history as it was here that one of Greece’s most famous heroes of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire, Kolokotronis, was imprisoned.
The route up to the monastery is a bit of a challenge, but quite beautiful. Once you reach the Pine forest half way up the path is well defined and meanders through the trees where it is wonderfully cool. From Nefeli the walk should take you 1 hour approximately. For those who don’t want to walk or fancy an adventure we can arrange for a mule and driver to take you up on a leading rein. The cost to go up and down by mule is 60 Euros per person. Allow 2 to 3 hours with time to look round the monastery and take in the stunning far-reaching views.
Round Hydra by Sea Taxi
Hydra is quite a large island, 20 Kilometres long and ranges from 1.5 to 20 Kilometres wide, with a total land area of 52 square kilometres.
If you would like to do a circle trip round the island by private taxi, the cost is 150 Euros for up to 6 persons. Contact us for exact price and availability.
There are a number of beaches and swimming areas to choose from on Hydra. Some are within walking distance and others are only accessible by boat.
Within walking distance of Nefeli:
Kymini – 5 to 10 minutes walk. This is the nearest beach. Pebbly beach, safe swimming, overlooked by the renovated Castelo of Kymini, which is now a trendy bar/restaurant. Sun loungers and umbrellas available.
Vlychos – 20 – 30 minute walk. Pebbly & part sandy beach with beach umbrellas and sun loungers. Snack bar and one of Hydra’s best fish tavernas Maria’s at Vlychos a few steps away.
Plakes – 40 – 45 minute walk. Beach side restaurant offering all day dining and drinks. Pebbly beach with umbrellas and sun loungers. Also by regular sea bus from the port.
There are quite few swimming places near the port, which are good for jumping off rocks into the sea and places to be ‘seen’. One of the most popular is Hydronetta, which is accessed by walking through the Sunset restaurant (don’t worry they are used to it).
Hydronetta is built into the side of the rock with stunning views, a swimming platform, some places to stretch out, a good bar and snack bar offering light meals. A great place also for sunset drinks.
Spillia – is another swimming place near the port. Again built into the rock with many swimming spots for sun bathing and swimming, overlooked by bars for light meals and drinks.
Mandraki - Located to the north of the harbour can be reached by Hydra’s only ‘road’ on foot in 20 minutes from the port. Or by sea bus or private taxi from the port in 5 minutes. Beautiful bay with sandy beach, dominated by the Mire Mara hotel, which is open to the public and has sun loungers, umbrellas, restaurant, bar and sea sports on offer. Popular with families with young children and party lovers. On the southwest part of the beach there is a a Greek taverna offering honest good local food.
Beaches Further away:
Bisti - by sea bus from the port (or private sea taxi). Very pretty setting in a cove surrounded by pine trees. Umbrellas and sun loungers. Snack bar. 20 minutes from Hydra port.
Aghios Nickolas – said to be Hydra’s most picturesque beach. Located on the far southerly tip of the island and only accessible by sea bus or private sea taxi. 40 minutes from Hydra port. Umbrellas and sun loungers with snack bar.
Trips to the mainland – Peloponnese
Ermioni – On the mainland opposite Hydra. Journey time 20 minutes. A small port with a farmers market on Thursdays. Day return with Hellenic Seaways 18 Euros.
Spetses – The island of Spetses is smaller than Hydra but well known. It was popular with holiday operators in the past. Journey time 30 minutes. Few private cars, but with taxis and horse drawn vehicles, Spetses makes an interesting day out from Hydra. Plenty of shops, tavernas, quad biking, beaches. Day return with Hellenic Seaways 21 Euros.
Epidavros – On the mainland to the north west of Hydra. An ancient city, now a commercial centre. Most famous for the ancient theatre of Epidavros built high up in the hills which is truly outstanding. During the summer months there are regular evening performances at Epidavros theatre. To get there, take the water bus (6 Euros one way) to Methoni or a water taxi (35 Euros one way for up to 6 persons), then a taxi ride (120 Euros round trip for up to 4 persons). We can prebook this trip for you if you send us a request.
Private Full Day Trip of the Peloponnese
Epidavros, Mycenae, Nafplion
This is ultimate trip to do from Hydra. A day trip round the Peloponnese taking in Epidavros, the ancient city of Mycenae dating from 2000BC, which until the 19C was thought to be fictional and Nafplion former capital of modern Greece, dominated by a Venetian fortress. The cost of a private Limo with driver is 200 Euros for up to 4 persons. We can prebook this trip for you if you send us a request.
All the above details are given as a guide only. Prices are subject to change without prior notice and availability at time of booking. Prices quoted do not include any meals, refreshments, and entry fees to sites or tips.
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