Some places are more memorable than others. Hydra is one of these places. Athens and other islands offer day trips to Hydra. We booked ours in Athens through a tour company. We had a few days to spare and decided to spend the day visiting Hydra, Poros, and Aegina (all part of one package). Hydra stood out from the other two islands. It was the largest and most impressive.
Hydra is part of the Saronic Islands group (an archipelago in Greece). You probably recognize the name because hydra (Lernean Hydra in Greek mythology) was a scary nine headed snake-like water monster slained by Hercules. This island is nothing like the monster. It’s one of the most picturesque of the Saronic Islands.
Cars and public transportation are not allowed in Hydra. Boats and donkeys do most of the transport of goods on the island.
A Few Tips:
- Plane and hotel fees are cheaper prior to the summer months.
- We went in early April and the weather wasn’t too hot yet. It got cooler in the evenings.
- You can book the cruise to Hydra through some of the hotels (ask the concierge) or visit a tour company. You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and dropped off in the afternoon.
- Don’t get the day trip package with lunch on the cruise ship. It’s better to eat at one of the restaurants on the island you visit.
- Eat before you leave your hotel. Cruise ship food is mediocre and expensive.
Things you’ll need for the cruise:
A hat, bottled water and snacks (if you don’t want to buy them on the ship), sunscreen, a light to medium jacket (depends how tolerant you are to cold winds), back pack (to keep all your things in and to carry souvenirs), euros, portable phone charger, good walking shoes or sandals.
Optional items: sunglasses, bathing suit (some passengers went for a swim), and a scarf (I often use it to cover my head and neck or drape it on my shoulders or legs when it gets cold or windy).