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Escape to the unspoiled beauty!

Exploration

Hydra is the only island in Greece, where there are no cars. There are no asphalt streets, neither are noises from engines of vehicles whatsoever. Nor are constructions from concrete. This gives you the privilege by coming in touch with nature and to try and change for a time your way of life and the haunting pacing of the city.

Pathways and passages run around the island, some of them stone-paved, others on rough ground and other through pine groves, olive trees and fields. During these enchanting walks and trips of yours, you will discover small chapels, the monasteries and cloisters, rural houses and huts, as well as ruins of the old times, which will reveal the far off ancient history of the island, the unique architectural tradition and the wild natural beauty.

The Pathways and Trails - The Monasteries

Following the old trails, you can bring your steps to the six monasteries of the island. Discover the beauty of the untouched landscape. Explore the first settlement in the district of Episkopi, westwards, with the Protohellenic ruins. Swim in the crystal waters of Myrtoon Sea at the back of the island.

One pathway starts from the top of the town high up through Pevges woods and leads to the twin monasteries, the one of Prophet Elias for monks and the Cloister of Aghia Efpraxia for nuns. The views are tremendously fantastic, having looks either to the Argolic Gulf or the Hydrian Straits. In the monastery of Prophet Elias, you will admire the Chapel and the Archontariki and then, you will see the cell, where Theodoros Kolokotronis, commander in chief of the revolutionary Greek Army, lived for some months. Following the trail, you can go up to the highest peak of the island, Mount Eros, and from there, you will have breathtaking, fantastic views of the Myrtoon Sea.

Another pathway starts from the eastern part of the town, passes by the Cloister of Aghia Matrona, then on past the Aghios Nicolaos Cloister and the Monastery of Aghia Triada and then after a ten kilometers walk on trail, ends up to the far off Cloister of Panaghia of Zourva, at the northeastern point of the island. There, the nuns will treat you with the Hydrian traditional sweets and cold water from the monastery’s cistern. You can ask them to give you directions of how to locate Aghios Ioanikios’ hermitage, hanging on a precipitous rock over the sea.

The Famous and the Unknown Hydra

Another pathway starts from the seashore road, west of the town, passes by the Periptero (Pavilion) and the windmill, where the “Boy and the Dolphin”, starring Sophia Loren was filmed. The road goes past Avlaki and Boudouris Mansion, where “Phaedra” was filmed, starring Melina Merkouri, it reaches Kamini and the taverna where “Mermaids and Urchins” was filmed and reaches the picturesque little village of Vlychos. On your way past the small port of Palamidas, you start walking uphill to Episkopi, where the first Pormitive settlement existed, otherwise you change route, towards the charming bay of Molos and then on to Kaoumith and Bisti. You can dive into the blue-and-green sea, where the pine trees grow as far as the sea.

When you return to town, do not miss the chance to experience the fantastic sunset from the rocks where the canons are by the Pavilion, in the company of your favorites cocktail drink.

 

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Find us on the map!

We are just 200m from the beach and in the historical center of Hydra Island.