Hydra Island, with its enchanting landscapes and tranquil atmosphere, proved to be the perfect destination for my recent getaway with friends Becca, Kate, and Mel. From the carless streets to the mesmerizing views of white homes with tile roofs, our weekend adventure had memorable experiences.
The only way to get to Hydra Island is by ferry. We took one from Piraeus on the mainland, which is easily accessible by train or metro from Athens.
We arrived on a sunny Saturday, ready to embrace the island’s beauty and tranquility. Our first stop was Kamini Beach, a serene haven where crystal-clear waters beckoned us for a refreshing swim. The beach offered a delightful escape from the bustling city life, and we reveled in the warmth of the sun and the gentle caress of the Aegean Sea. Afterward, we indulged in drinks at a charming restaurant bar overlooking the beach, savoring the idyllic surroundings.
Sunday was dedicated to exploring Hydra’s natural wonders. We embarked on a challenging 20-kilometer hike to Profitis Iliad Monastery and the pinnacle of Mount Eros, the island’s highest point. As we ventured through the rugged terrain, the hike tested our endurance with steep ascents and narrow singletrack paths.
The unshaded sections demanded resilience, but the reward was beyond words. Atop Mount Eros, standing 588 meters (1929 feet) above sea level, we were greeted by breathtaking panoramic vistas, which showcased Hydra’s unmatched beauty. We also encountered several other people from Colorado on the peak, and I marveled at how Coloradans had briefly taken over this mountain.
Upon completing the hike, we treated ourselves to refreshing cold water, well-deserved beers, and mouthwatering Greek appetizers like domas and chips, savoring each bite with a sense of accomplishment.
On our evening, we meandered through the island’s charming cobblestone streets, admiring the exquisite architecture of white homes with tile roofs. Hydra’s unique charm lies in its carless nature, with only a few service vehicles and the occasional sight of donkeys transporting goods. This pedestrian-friendly environment provided us with a sense of tranquility as we explored the island at a leisurely pace.
After browsing the eclectic boutique shops, we couldn’t resist the temptation of Hydra’s delectable desserts. Mel, in particular, raved about the rich and velvety chocolate sorbet, a true delight for any chocolate lover.
Hydra Island proved to be a haven of natural beauty and serenity. From the picturesque beaches to the challenging hiking trails, our trip was a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. The island’s captivating scenery, combined with the warm hospitality and delicious culinary delights, left an indelible mark on our hearts. It wasn’t even crowded during the weekend we went there in June.
Whether you’re seeking a tranquil getaway or an active exploration, Hydra is a destination that promises an unforgettable experience.