Introduction to Hydra

Hydra is a small island in the Saronic Gulf. It’s quaint and exudes Greek tradition. Cars are not allowed on the island, which makes it the quintessential, quiet getaway. There is one main village on the island and walking paths along the coast.

You can get to Hydra in 2 hours via ferry from Athens, Greece. This makes is an ideal day trip or weekend stay. Keep reading to find out how to experience Hydra with our 1 day and 2 day itinerary.

Hydra Island Greece Beach
Hydra Island Donkeys
Hydra Island Greece Water Taxi

Experiences

Hydra is reachable by boat only. There are several ferries running to and from the island daily, and the ride is approximately two hours from Athens.

There are many things to do and see on the island. Here are 5 recommended experiences:

1. Explore Hydra Town. The only village on the island is Hydra Town. It greets you as soon as you disembark from a ferry. The narrow paths that wind through the beautiful architecture can keep you mesmerized for hours.

2. Go swimming. There are several places to enjoy the sea around the island. You can walk to a few from Hydra Town and can get to those on the southwest side of the island via water taxi. The beaches are pebbled, but still make for a relaxing day seaside.

3. Visit the Historical Archives Museum. Located by the Port in Hydra Town, the Historical Archives Museum is housed in a stone mansion. In the museum you’ll discover archives from the Balkan Wars and more.

4. Hike around Hydra. There are short and long hikes on the island. Click here for several options. Whichever path you choose, we guarantee you’ll be captivated by the island’s character.

5. See the island on horseback. One of the best ways to see Hydra is on horseback. The views and horses will leave you wanting to come back year after year. We recommend booking a tour with Harriet’s Hydra Horses.

1 Day and 2 Day Hydra Itinerary

1 Day Itinerary

10:00-13:00 – Explore Hydra Town and lunch. You’ll arrive via ferry to Hydra Town, the only village on the island. Once you disembark, you will be steps away from the quaint village. Wander through the narrow streets and be sure to stop occasionally and soak in the culture. You’ll likely find hidden gems along the way.

After exploring the village, take a break for lunch at a cafe overlooking the marina.

13:00-16:00 – Walk to the beach. Next, head out on the walking path along the coast to Vlychos Beach. This is the walking path that goes to the west of Hydra Town. The beach is a 30 minute walk and the views are breathtaking. Once you arrive at the beach, go for a swim in the sea. From the beach you’ll be able to see the church in the sea – sitting on a rock is Agios Ioannis.

If you’re visiting Hydra for more than one day, stay at the beach longer. You can also use Vlychos Beach as a base for the day and go on short hikes from here. There are unique churches and other landmarks within a short walking distance.

16:00-18:00 – Shopping in Hydra Town. Before you board your ferry, walk through some shops and buy a treasure or two. And on your ferry ride back to Athens or another island, be sure to look west to catch the sunset.

2 Day Itinerary

After your first day on the island, add-on this day of fun to your itinerary.

DAY 2

Morning – Horseback Riding. Soak up the magnificent views of the island with amazing animals. Book a tour with Harriet’s Hydra Horses. She has 30 minute to full day (8 hour) treks available.

Afternoon – Water Taxi to Beaches.  Take a sea taxi around the island or to the nearly uninhabited island of Dokos. You’ll be able to stop at beaches or simply take in the beauty of the island from the water.

Evening – Dinner in Hydra Town. Enjoy dinner among the sounds and smells of the village in the evening. It is truly a Greek cultural experience.

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