The pleasure island of Hydra
Hydra is one of the easiest destinations to reach from Athens, since it takes only one hour and a half by hydrofoil or catamaran from Piraeus. It is an island of natural beauty that has inspired many artists and it is the perfect place if you seek relaxation and inspiration. Swimming, walking, gazing at continuous traffic on the port from a coffee terrace are some of the favorite occupations of visitors.
Many swimming spots are available depending on how much time you want to spend on the beach. On Hydra, beaches are usually made of pebbles or rocks. Transfers are organized regularly from the port in front of the Clock through traditional caiques or speed boats for the farthest spots.
The closest spot on the rocks, down by the canons, are Hydronetta or Spilia, for a quick swim and drink at any hour of the day in deep blue waters ideal for diving. You will enjoy the ballet of taxi boats arriving and departing the harbor. Vlychos, Plakes Vlychou, Kamini and Mandraki Bay on the other side of the island, are equipped with umbrellas and chairs. You can enjoy magnificent views, a revitalizing swim and a nice lunch at the tavern nearby.
Saint Nicholas and Bitsi are more faraway destinations equipped with umbrellas and chairs and a small canteen for sandwiches and drinks. An opportunity to enjoy the view on Dokos and the crystal-clear waters of the Saronic Gulf allowing for a deeper contact with the island’s wild beauty.
Hydra is the ideal island for hikers who can enjoy unspoiled nature and breathtaking views from the height of monasteries on mountains. A book of main pathways is available at the hotel for you.
Monasteries welcome visitors, but early morning walks are preferable options to ascend the steep paths of the mountains:
Starting from the church of Saint Konstantinos of Hydra it will take you 45 minutes to get to the Prophet Elias monastery. Not far from it stands the tallest mountain of Hydra, Eros (598m) with an astonishing view on the open sea.
Art exhibitions are held all summer long in the Museum of History and Archives (22980-54 142) and in the Melina Mercouri Hall with a beautiful view on the port.
Hydra has a very active Movie club and fresh releases are scheduled every 2 days in the heart of summer. Perfect for those who missed the main venues of winter and for those who enjoy an open-air cinema theater.
- A lot of aristocratic mansions that witnessed the glorious history of Hydra can also be visited such as:
The Lazaros Kountouriotis Museum of Popular Art (22980-52421) exhibits works of art from Periklis and Konstantinos Byzantios, both artists.
- The Fine Arts school housed on the Tombazis Manor created by Periklis Byzantios in the thirties.
- The National Merchant Marine Academy housed in the Tsamadou Manor, granted to the Greek state especially for that purpose.