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Introduction

The magical island of Hydra is part of the Saronic group of islands that lace the Peloponnese shoreline south of Athens. Due to good ferry links from Athens the island has always been popular with weekenders, and in recent years has moved upmarket and become very fashionable.

Hydra is only 90 minutes on the hydrofoil from Athens, but on arrival here you enter another world. Hydra was eco-friendly before the word was invented – all forms of private motorised transport are banned so the only way around is on foot, by boat or on a mule!

This little gem of an island holds, understandably, great appeal for walkers, and anyone wishing to escape the modern world. Home to well-known artists and writers, Hydra has plenty of visitors. But the island has not sold its soul and the resident families ensure its small Greek island charm and strong traditions, including many festivals, are retained.

The main town and port is one of the most beautiful in Greece, with preserved neo-classical mansions, whitewashed village houses and narrow cobbled lanes climbing steeply up from the horse-shoeshaped harbour. Quite rightly, the whole is preserved as a national monument. The mansions date from the 18th century and are a reminder of Hydra’s prosperous past. A number of museums explore this heritage.The bustling port is at its best in the evenings, when the quayside twinkles with cafés, small shops, bars and atmospheric restaurants.

During the day most people head for the beaches. A couple near town can be reached on foot – alternatively a number of small water-taxis are on hand to shuttle to and fro. Although a rocky island, Hydrahas some good beaches – some pebble, some sand, some backed by pines, some with a taverna or two, and even seasonal water sports.

Outside the hotter periods walking, as mentioned, is a major attraction, and a network of signed paths offers plenty of variety. The town hall issues a very useful booklet detailing ten walks ranging from‘easy’ and under an hour to ‘difficult’ at nearly three hours. Inland you will discover a different side to the island, as the sparsely populated interior is mountainous (up to 590m) and has pineforest and a number of monasteries.

To avoid doubling back it is a good idea to end up at a beach for a swim and lunc before taking a water-taxi back.

Non-walking options include mule-treks and the hire of a water-taxi for private use.

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Getting There

Getting There

Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh to Athens. 1 hour taxi to Piraeus port for high speed cat or hydrofoil to the island (90 mins., ticket included). Onward transfer to your accommodation. Transfers on Hydra are not provided as the hotels are close to the port but porters meet the boat if required. On your return the reverse applies.

Multi Centre Options

Multi Centre Options

Hydra combines well with Spetses, just 45 mins by ferry, and a few nights in Athens at the start or end are easy to arrange. Hydra can also combine with Agistri (connecting hydrofoil via Piraeus) or the western Cyclades (Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros, again connecting via Piraeus). Tailor-made holidays are possible with a wide variety of options - mainland fly-drive, other Cycladic islands, and any island served by ferry or domestic flight from Athens (which is most of them!).

Representative

Representative

We do not employ our own representatives on Hydra and transfers are therefore unescorted. Our hotels should be able to give any local information required. Our main agents in Athens can always be contacted if required.

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