One of the best things to do while visiting Greece is to jump on a ferry-boat and visit the islands. If you are short of time, however, it can be difficult to spend many hours sailing; which is why the island of Hydra is the perfect solution for a 24 hour getaway.
You can catch an early ferry from the port of Piraeus, and be in Hydra in approximately one hour.
Tips for a Day in Paradise
Reaching the port
From the center of Athens take the metro (Line 1 Piraeus/Kifissia) to Piraeus; a 20-minute ride from the center. Arrive with plenty of time and have the trip details handy so as to find your departure gate.
Once on the island
Start the day with a walk along the port where mules and donkeys are waiting to be loaded with the bags from passengers. Hydra is one of the few places in Greece where cars, motorbikes and even bikes are banned.
For a panoramic view, choose one of the paths that lead up the hills, to solitary monasteries. From there, the port of Hydra will look even more romantic.
Walk along the coastal road if you choose to spend the day on a beach near the port. The beaches of Avlaki and Kamini are the best option. If you prefer a more solitary atmosphere, you can arrange for a sea taxi at the port and choose between the beaches of Molos, Bisti or Agios Nikolaos. Being this far can be great to have some time on your own, but you will need to take your lunch with you because these are not organized beaches.
Sea taxis and water buses can help you reach the furthest angles of the island. To visit the rest of Hydra, prefer horses, donkeys or mules. However; if you really want to discover the most hidden corners on your own, the best way to do it is by walking.
There are many bars and taverns along the port, that serve traditional Greek dishes at all hours. The Pirate along with other music cocktails bars such as Papagalos and The Skipper, are a few of the options available.
For fresh fish or an octopus salad, the best place is To Pefkaki, on the road that connects Avlaki and Kamini. They also serve traditional Greek yoghurt with homemade jam on top.
If you would rather spend the night than go back to Athens
Accommodation facilities are limited in off season months, however, if you intend to spend the night, it is advisable to search for a room the moment you arrive on the island or better still if you can, book in advance.