Just a couple of hours by ferry from Athens, the beautiful Greek island of Hydra is one of the most glorious spots for a day trip from the Greek capital!
This much-loved destination features a stunning town, rocky landscape, great eateries, and crystal-clear waters. And if you only have 12 hours in Hydra, here is the perfect itinerary, that will give you a real feel for the island; while undoubtedly leaving you wanting to explore more of this charming place next time around!
Arrive at the port, one of the most enticing harbours in all of Greece.
Start your day with a coffee at Isalos, the most well-known café on the island. Ask for the Caffe del Doge (their specialty) and if you haven’t had breakfast yet, you can order from their delightful brunch menu.
Visit the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Hydra’s main Cathedral, located in the center of the harbor, underneath the clock tower.
Head to Kaminia, a pebbled beach, only 1km west of Hydra Town, and have a wonderful swim at this authentic small fishing village.
After your lovely dip, head back to town and make your way over to Omilos; make sure to grab a table next to the water. From here you can admire the views as you enjoy a fabulous seafood lunch.
Cool down with another dip- this time at the famous Splilia, (Cave), where you are able to dive into the deep blue sea, before kicking back at Hydronetta Bar.
Dry off and go grab yourself a Freddo Espresso and an Amygdaloto (traditional Greek almond biscuit; a specialty of the island) from Tsagarakis.
Stroll around the town and soak up the amazing atmosphere, with the stunning stone mansions, historic monasteries, and cobblestoned streets.
Finish off a perfect day with a memorable dinner at Téchnē, a restaurant set in an 1870s former boat factory. Make sure you sit on the terrace and catch the views out to sea; from here you can also enjoy the sunset with a Spritz in hand.
How to get there
You can arrive in Hydra from Athens by ferry, which departs from the port of Piraeus (a 2-hour journey), otherwise, there are many private cruises that will take you to Hydra from the Greek capital.