With one of the most picturesque harbors in all of Greece, Hydra is the gem of the Saronic Gulf and one of those islands where time can easily stand still. The island was discovered in the 1950’s and became a very fashionable hangout, which has inspired artists and writers including Arthur Miller and Leonard Cohen, who wrote two books here. The main town clusters around the marble-quay harbor where the beautiful captain mansions arrayed amphitheatrically are surrounded, by a village of stone houses and villas that rise up the hills.
The real beauty of Hydra is the absence of motorized transport. That’s right, no cars and no traffic. The only way to travel is on foot or by donkey and apart from the coast either side of Hydra Town, most of the island is wild and uninhabited and it does reward those prepared to go hiking.
Get outdoors and experience a different side of Hydra island
Escape the hectic sounds of modern life, in an island where you can find pure, peaceful bliss
Soak in the phenomenal views of Hydra town and the Peloponnese shimmering on the horizon
Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch. After all, food tastes even better in a mountain
Dates: From May to October
Days/Nights: Day tour
Price: Contact us for price
Condition grading: Moderate
Hydra’s proximity to Athens makes it an excellent day trip, as it takes only one and a half hour to reach the island. When you see Hydra’s splendid 18th and 19th century stone mansions along the waterfront and on the steep streets above, you won’t be surprised to learn that the island has been declared a national treasure by the Greek government and the council of Europe.
Further away from the charms of the harbor, Hydra’s interior is a perfect mountain escape, where marked trails zig-zag across the terrain. Today we will take the path that leads up to Mountain Eros (588 meters), the island’s highest point. We start hiking right from the port, and we will follow the “main street” leading to the area of Kala Pigadia. From there we will continue on the wide cobblestone street, which passes through a dense pine forest and eventually leads to the Monastery of Prophet Elias. Our final ascent continues towards the top of Mountain Eros, from where the views of the endless blue will reward you.
On our way back we will stop for a pic-nic lunch in the monastery and from there we will take the same route towards the town. Before taking the boat back to Athens, you will have free time to explore the charming town of Hydra with the distinctive architectural character and the elite atmosphere.
Hiking distance: 8,8 km / Hiking Duration: 4-5 hours
Athens to Hydra 8:00-9:35
Hydra to Athens 19:20-21:00
Price includes: Ferry tickets
Services of a mountain guide
Included meals: Picnic lunch
Not Included: Gratuities for leader/guide or driver.
Other items of a personal nature
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We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
Trips designated “Moderate” are more active and require a bit more endurance. Hikes and treks include occasional steep ascents. Trip members should have a little experience in sea-kayaking and be in good physical condition, and be capable of paddling 4-6 hours
STARTING POINT AND GETTING THERE
Starting point is: Athens.
Getting There & Away:Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is about 27km east of Athens. Athens is connected with direct flights with various cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
Getting around: We can arrange for a transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you want to come by yourself, the metro and the suburban rail provide quick connections to central Athens (1 hour / 10 euro’ ticket). The bus option is cheaper though it takes longer (1h 30 min / 5 euro’ ticket). You can also take a taxi (1 hour / 35-50 euro’).
Spring, summer and fall in Greece are sunny and warm. The daytime temperatures average 25-30 C though temperatures in the 35s are possible in the summer months. Nighttime temperatures cool off slightly to 20° C. Rain showers are rare in the islands, but it's often breezy and rainy on the coast.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”. The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.
Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Midweight polar fleece sweater
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho
Sun hat or baseball cap
Casual, comfortable shoes. For better protection, lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses and retainer strap
Trekking poles or walking staff
Camera, memory and batteries
Personal first-aid kit
This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.