Discover the best top things to do in Hydra Town, Greece including Harriets Hydra Horses, Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum), Mount Eros Hydra, Saint Nicholas Beach, Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, The Pirate Bar, Komiseos Theotokou Monastery, Agios Konstantinos (Church of St. Constantine), Argyris' Hydra Island Horse Treks, Vlichos Beach.
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5 based on 220 reviews
Discover the usually hidden treasures of Hydra with Harriet's Hydra Horses. Let Harriet take you on a trek to see Hydra's Mountains, monasteries and Beaches. There is so much more than just a port! A local guide who is fluent in both English and Greek will escort you and tell you all about this wonderful place. The Original and still the Best. PLEASE DON'T BE FOOLED BY IMPOSTERS
We scheduled our ride way back in January and Harriet kept in contact with us during this period. My wife and I are 69 years old and felt supper comfortable riding. The ride is excellent. Harriet gives great care to her horses and it shows. The horses are so well trained and calm, you only ride with a halter. No bits for these horses. It is an excellent way to see the countryside and the monasteries. Less experienced riders shouldn't wory at all. Harriet is personable and full of information about Hydra. I recommend taking her rides if visiting Hydra. You will not be disappointed.
4.5 based on 92 reviews
This is one of the few attractions in Hydra. Hydra is easily reached in a couple hours by ferry from Athens. The island is pedestrian only, no taxis or scooters - just donkeys, which was a nice change of pace. Bring comfortable shoes because there can be a lot of walking depending on what you would like to do on the island. The walk up to the mansion is not easy but worth the visit. You can see the entire mansion in less than 30 minutes. Besides visiting the mansion we also stopped at the bakery, had lunch and topped off our visit with gelato at the “Cool Mule”.
4.5 based on 68 reviews
Climbed to the top of Mount Eros on a hiking trail in order to summit the highest point on the Hydra. No other climbers. Took our lunch and enjoyed the amazing 360 view!
4.5 based on 132 reviews
Not overcrowded, nice bar with ok prices, worth the little longer trip (15eur) , probably the best beach near hydra
4 based on 117 reviews
The Museum is located on the waterfront near the docks. It is small, but interesting. It would help if they had more signs explaining items and the island's history. There was a famous Greek guitarist playing on the top of the museum that night for free, and we attended the concert.
4.5 based on 110 reviews
The day starts early in the morning with delightful breakfasts, homemade sweets and uber-fresh fruits from the Pirate's kitchen. The menu shifts after sunset, leaving space to a wide array of fresh cocktails prepared by the mixologist of island's best stocked bar, to enjoy in a laid back atmosphere with the suggestive views of the port.
One of the oldest and most loved café bar of Hydra . Always busy from morning until late at night .
Great cocktails, drinks and lovely home made fresh food ( until 5 PM )
Nice music the evenings .
Perfect meeting place and people watching !
4.5 based on 31 reviews
A beautiful church featuring a Venetian bell tower and a domed interior.
Unlike other Greek Islands, Hydra can be done in one day tour when you stay in Athens... It will take 1.5 hrs flying cat (fast boat) from Piraeus, and once we arrive Hydra ports, it was an unforgetable feeling look at deep blue sea color with steps of building... I & my wife managed to hike to the hills & didn't regret as we got breathaking view of the port... You can walk around the island as no car in the island (but you can hire donkey if you lazy to walk).. many restaurants & shops beside 3 beautiful beach nearby... Highly Recommended
4.5 based on 33 reviews
Hydra (pronounced surprisingly as Heedra), is one of the smallest inhabited Greek Islands and has no motorised transport. A short tender ride from the anchorage in the bay brought us to the town’s harbour, where we came ashore at the dock used by the fast ferry from Athens. The harbour had a mixture of fishing and leisure craft either tied alongside or at anchor.
Bars, cafes and restaurants extended along the waterfront, with some shops and a small supermarket, the latter being possibly the only venue that locals would patronise regularly. All the narrow, cobbled streets that led away from the harbour climbed steeply and it was interesting to wander along the alleyways, with any heading steeply down, taking you back to the harbour. Even hereabouts, the retail outlets generally targeted tourists, and were extremely expensive, some items could have been purchased for considerably less elsewhere. Restaurant menus advertised main courses starting at 13 Euro, so Hydra was no bargain basement on the food front either, a point we noted on all the Greek Islands we visited; whatever happened to the meal for two and wine for under 20 Euro?
Although we did not venture that far around the headland, we were told there was a small beach area and some passengers enjoyed this amenity. Wandering back to the ferry dock, we watched the catamaran arrive noisily from Athens and observed those leaving and joining, a motley mix but without obvious signs of any overt great affluence.
We were a bit disappointed with Hydra, which lacked the character its rustic lifestyle should have oozed.
5 based on 13 reviews
Argyris Kalamatianakis has been working with equines on Hydra since the age of eight, having learned the trade from his father, Christos. Argyris has been riding up into the Mountains since he was a child and knows all the paths, routes, and stories. His horses and mules are well trained and calm. Argryris' Hydra Island Horse Treks offers rides around town,mountains villages and Beaches.
We took a trek to monastery of Saint Matrona with very kind local horseman Argiris. It was everything we could not even imagine: views, peace, met two lovely nuns, also some thrill while going up! After riding we had a very delicious lunch at taverna...MoreThank you very much for your kind words and your time to write a review for Argiris Hydra Horses! It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are looking forward to seeing you in October! Best wishes, Argiris and Christina
4 based on 88 reviews
Took the 2 hour flying cat ferry from athens to hydra. The seats were comfortable and the ferry ride was pleasant, calm sea. Went for a day trip.
Hydra is beautiful and a peaceful island. Very laid back feeling and the people are are friendly. No cars in the island... so donkeys, horses and bicycles are used as primary transportation.
We did the hike to vlichos beach after our lunch. It took us about an hour the reach vlichos beach. We stop many many times to take photos. We cant resist taking photos of the beautiful views along the way. Hiking is pretty easy, just stay on the path closest to the sea.
Went in early april. Bright sun but windy. Bring yr water and a light jacket will do.
I would definitely recommend to visit hydra and do the hiking and spend at least half a day. Its one of the highlight of our trip!
Photos: hydra town, vlichos beach and the hiking trail.
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