Hydra for everyone
Hydra is considered an ideal destination for all ages and for all tastes. You can go with your partner, children or with your friends, as it is suitable for holidays at any time of the year and that is why it receives thousands of tourists every year. Conclusion; Hydra for everyone!
Transfer to Hydra
Hydra is easily accessible from Piraeus. It is only one hour and ten minutes by flying dolphin and 3-3.5 hours by conventional ship. Alternatively, you can leave your car in Ermioni and cross across by dolphin or water taxi. In any case you can not take your car with you. Vehicles on the island are prohibited, so you will travel on foot, by bicycle, donkey or sea taxi.
Culture and history
Hydra has a rich maritime history. If you are interested, you have a lot to discover on the island. Visit the Historical Archive-Museum of Hydra, the Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum, the Branch of the National Historical Museum, the Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History, the School of Fine Arts. You will get a good idea of the history of Hydra. It is also worth wandering in the alleys of the port to see the majestic mansions of the fighters of 1821. Keep in mind that Hydra often hosts exhibitions of remarkable art. Before you reach the island, find out about the programs, so that you can visit what interests you.
Hydra has a rich religious interest. Visit the 300 churches and its six monasteries, the monastery of Agia Triada, the twin monasteries of Agia Eupraxia and Profitis Ilias where many fighters of 1821, Agios Nikolaos and Theotokos of Zourva were imprisoned. It is worth seeing the Church of Ypapantis and Agios Konstantinos of Hydra.
As cars are missing from the island, the morphology of the natural soil has remained unchanged for most of Hydra. You will enjoy wonderful walks and plenty of hiking trails. In Hydra you will discover ten walking routes that will excite you. For example, choose the route to the historic Kastraki, lasting 17 minutes. If you continue, you will end up in Mandraki where the Hydra naval base used to be. You can also follow the route to Agios Nikolaos which takes about an hour through a dirt road. Not all routes are easy, but if you try you will reach the most picturesque places of Hydra and its beaches.
For sportsmen, Hydra hosts two major sporting events each year: the Hydra’s Trail Event and the Hydra SwimRun. The first is a mountain running race and the second is a biathlon with participants competing in running and swimming.
Hydra is not famous for its gastronomy. The catches are the ones that stand out in Hydra and in particular the squid, the cuttlefish, the octopus and the red mullet. From sweets, famous are the macaroons and the lalaggites which are homemade pancakes. For food, prefer the pies with sweet mountain greens, the snails cooked with red sauce, the cuttlefish and the squid with pilaf cooked in their own ink and the octopus that the people of Hydra cook in their own way. Finally, quince meat is the food of winter and the Christmas holidays.
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