Being one of the most beautiful islands in Greece this quaint Saronic island is the best place to spend your weekend. The island is only two hours away from Piraeus – Athens, a very popular destination among prominent Greeks and foreign celebrities, and will leave you mesmerized in each of your visits.
Hidden in this little paradise, is one unique aspect of life: no motor vehicles on the island apart from ambulances and garbage trucks. All your transportation will either be done by foot, water taxis or the delightful donkeys and mules.
Hydra is most famous for its captivating character, pebbly beaches and fine architecture. It is your perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Have fun enjoying the pristine beaches, hike along the coast or visit the islands Museums. Activities that are perfect for a day trip
What to do in Hydra
- Take a donkey ride
(Take a donkey ride in Hydra)
Hydra’s transportation system relies greatly on mules and donkeys to get heavy shopping and luggage around. People also get a chance to ride on them with several locals specializing in the transportation of tourists across the island on donkeys. With a great number of donkeys than you have ever seen, finding one to take you around will be very easy. You can start early and ride one straight from the port.
- Pay the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary a visit
(Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary)
Out of the 6 monasteries and about 300 churches, the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary stands out. It is located underneath the clock tower at the centre of the harbour. This majestic landmark was built in 1963and has an 18th century Byzantine-style cathedral. You will want to dress appropriately as it is a place of worship.
- Enjoy the Aegean sea’s spectacular view from the Bastions
(A canon on the Bastions of Hydra)
In an attempt to protect themselves and the city from the Turkish fleets, Hydra developed cannons but ended up not using them as the Greek fleets did much of the work protecting the island. The bastions with cannons were built as a necessary precaution and have lived through time until today. There is one on each side of the Harbour. Climb one of the bastions and treat yourself to a spectacular sea of the town and the Aegean Sea.
- Visit various museums on the island
Hydra is the home to a rich source of history pertaining to the island’s cultural, traditional and historical aspects, which is displayed across three museums namely the Ecclesiastical Museum, Kountouriotis and the Historical Archives Museum.
What to eat
You might want to take a water taxi when heading to a restaurant. It is very glamorous. Here are some of the top foods you can order when in Hydra
- Greek Salad
Enjoy the popular Greek salad, which is a very healthy option that comes loaded with lots of fresh vegetables. It comes topped with a tangy lemon herb to ensure great flavours and satisfy those craving Greek food.
- Greek-style Roast fish
A very tasty Spetses meal that is made from baked fish fillets, with herbs, tomatoes and potatoes to give you a healthy and gluten-free serving. You can add some red wine for a grand culinary experience.
- Greek pistachio pasta
(Greek Pistachio pasta)
The Greek pistachio pasta is made from a cheesy and creamy baked pasta dish and is also called Greek Lasagna. While there are various variations to this meal, the pastitsio is the best. This is a traditional cuisine made with large tubular pasta.
- Ice cream and pastry
For one of the best sweet-tooth experience, head over to ‘To Paradosiakon,’ a popular bakery in Agia Marina and Platanos. The owner is an alchemist confectioner who uses family recipes to prepare traditional servings such as the pougakia (almond and mandarin pastries) and the pastavouropita (Yogurt cake). Make sure you try the homemade ice cream and the triple-layered chocolate gateau.
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