HYDRA – UNDERRATED GREEK ISLAND BEAUTY

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?

Happy travels!


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15 Comments

  1. kayleigh Zara
    August 10, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I've not heard of this Greek island before but it looks amazing and your photography is so beautiful! So many cats too xKayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  2. Emily
    August 10, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Ahhhh, I'd love to go there! Greece always looks so bright and sunny in photos. And I'd love to see the Piraeus and wander around — Plato's Republic starts with a reference to the Piraeus!xxEmilyemilyhallock.blogspot.com

  3. Laura Ballamy
    August 10, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! I could do with a holiday out there round about now!

  4. sophiaxo
    August 10, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    OOOOO your pictures are stunning! it looks like such a colourful place! I hope you had a great timeSophia xo // https://sophiaaaxo.com

  5. Rachael Shortt
    August 10, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Ohhh I am SO glad you've introduced me to this place! Greece has been top of my places to visit list for years, santorini being the main attraction but I've been put off because it seems so busy! This island looks like just the place for me! Great tip about which boat to get over, thanks so much! Will add this to my list!PaleGirlRambling xo

  6. Isabel
    August 10, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful place- I wish I could live there with lots and lots of cats! I love your photos. 🙂

  7. Girl In Gamba
    August 10, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    You always hear about Santorini or even Mykonos, but never Hydra. It looks absolutely heavenly! I've had many chances to go to Greece but I still haven't managed to get over there. This post makes me want to go even more!-GGwww.girlingamba.com

  8. chloeboston
    August 10, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Your photographs look so good, I really want to explore more of Greece next year. Walking holidays 👌Chloe xwww.wanderwomanco.com

  9. Amy
    August 10, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic holiday, and your photos are seriously impressive! Amy xwww.goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com

  10. AshleyMarlenis
    August 10, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I didn't know about this island, My bf and I are planning a Greek Islands trip and I wanna add this to our list now. Your photography is absolutely stunning! and cannot believe all the kittys everywhere! 😍💖Ashley | Ashleymarlenis.com

  11. Kimberly Fairchild
    August 10, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Okay but I'll be honest… those cats photos are what HOOKED me into this post. So. Freaking. Adorable. This place seriously looks so darn gorgeous!!!Much love xxKimberlywww.lifeofkimberly.com

  12. Ana
    August 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    It really looks like a cute island! Greece must be stunning xxxhttp://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/08/vintage-belt-outfit.html

  13. Katie // Life of Kitty
    August 18, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Oh it looks lovely! I've never been to anywhere in Greece, and this island definitely looks like you can really immerse yourself in the area rather than being pushed through tons of tourists!

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