Exploring Hydra by Foot (Walks and Hikes)Explore Hydra by Foot / Exploring Hydra / See & Do
There are a number of hikes through along the coast or through the hills and mountains of Hydra, all of which provide stunningly beautiful scenery and views, as well as some pretty good exercise. Those seeking less vigorous recreation can pack a picnic lunch and take a boat trip around the island, stopping occasionally at various beaches and secluded bays for a swim.
Hikes above Hydra Town
High above Hydra Harbor in Kiaffa, the oldest part of Hydra Town, this church is dedicated to the island’s patron saint, St. Constantine.Profita Ilias and Agia Eupraxi
The views of Hydra from the monastery Profita Ilias are stunning, well worth the somewhat arduous hike (it is possible to take a donkey if you prefer). Visit also the nearby convent of Agia Eupraxia.
Above Profita Ilias, Mount Eros is the highest point on the island (598 meters). From here you’ll see panoramic views of Hydra, the Saronic Gulf, and the Myrto Sea.
Hikes to the East of Hydra Town
Agia Matrona and Agia Triadas
Agia Matrona is visible above the east side of Hydra Harbor. Agia Triadas, visible above the hamlet of Mandraki, is a little further along and is said to house the Holy Grail. Both are accessible from Hydra Town or Mandraki
Mandraki and Agios Nikolaus
The seventeenth-century convent of St. Nicholas is located high above Mandraki, the old naval port. The walk affords fabulous views of the island’s interior, the Saronic, and the Peloponnese.
Located on the eastern tip of Hydra, the isolated Holy Monastery of the Virgin Birth, founded in 1814, provides spectacular views as well. Given the distance by foot, many prefer to take a boat to the beach below and climb up to the monastery.
Hikes to the West of Hydra Town
Kamini, Vlychos, and Palimdas
Heading west from Hydra Harbor along the coast road, you’ll pass through the sleepy fishing villages of Kamini, Vlychos, and Palamidas. Both Kamini and Vlychos have tavernas and beaches, whereas Palamidas is more isolated. You can also find isolated spots along the road to spread a towel enjoy the sea in privacy.
Episkopi, Zogeri, and Nisizas
A dirt road leads from Palamidas up into the hills to the mountain village of Episkopi. While the sea isn’t visible from the village itself, the walk up provides lovely views of the Saronic and the Hydra coast line. Continue along to Zogeri on the island’s west side or to the coastal area of Nisizas. (Bring any refreshments with you as there will be nothing available after Vlychos.)