Whilst in Athens, I knew I really wanted to see more of Greece besides the capital city. But with the infamous islands of Santorini and Mykonos being too far to reach, and searching for a quiet place to relax, Hydra ticked both of those boxes and I was in my element gallivanting around here.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE
Think clear turquoise waters, white-washed homes, well-kept gardens, pristine beaches, cats, cats and more cats. Hydra is pretty much paradise, everywhere you turn your eyes will be blessed with the beautiful scenery of the island. It’s also stereotypically tranquil with a lack of vehicles, there aren’t even pushbikes. The only form of transportation is donkey. Otherwise, there isn’t actually anything to see, just laze about and take in the tranquility, as I’m sure you’ll never find anywhere as calm and beautiful as Hydra.
HOW TO APPRECIATE IT
Wander, just simply wander. That is the best way to see and take in the island for what it is. We had nothing planned ourselves, we just simply walked and walked and walked until we found a comfortable place to sit back and relax, which for us was a secluded beach with only a couple of locals joining us. I must say they were much better at balancing their centre of gravity on the pebbles… Others who visit wander further and try and hike the whole coast of the island, which is possible but would take a whole day and thus I would recommend a night in a tavern if that is what you wished to do. I wouldn’t recommend just staying in the port town of Hydra alone though, as that is where the occasional tour group loiters and can easily be seen in an hour or two. The real gems can be found when you start to explore. Essentially, I’m pretty sure this island was created for wanderlusters.
WHY IS HYDRA SPECIAL?
It’s far less touristy than other Greek islands, also quite small which means exploring is very easy. You get a great feel for Greek island life when away from the port. With no sightseeing, but a host of relaxing activities (wandering, eating, drinking, swimming, dozing) it’s a laid back way to get immersed whilst travelling). It’s also extremely easy to reach from Athens and excluding the hydro-foil tickets it’s a cheap day out, just feed yourself and walk. It’s also easy to see in a day, but if you wanted to relax and live the Greek island life, you can also stay.
HOW TO GET THERE?
- Book your transfer in advance to save 10% of the cost, book from Piraeus to Hydra on Hellenic Seaways.
- You can reach Piraeus on the Athens metro, then once in Piraeus look for your gate.
- Pick the Flying Dolphin/Flying Cat over a typical ferry, it’s a lot quicker and still very comfortable. Your seats will be assigned and the seats are laid out as they would be in an economy class on an aeroplane and they’re very comfortable.
So what do you think? Do you think you’d head over here? Have you ever been you any other Greek islands?