Hidden Gems

Hiking historical Hydra when you sail the Greek islands

By Jenny Wilson
on  February 20, 2016

There are lots of opportunities for hiking when you sail the Greek islands, with a wealth of beautiful landscapes for which to choose.

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The island of Hydra is well known for its scenic routes and there are lots of different ways to get about. Since motorised travel is not permitted on the island, many walking routes are clearly marked. Hiking is one of the most enjoyable pastimes on the island.

From the quay there are four main routes to take, which you will recognise by the distinctive black and yellow signs. Head up the cliffs to reach the monastery of Profitis Ilias, where you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views Hydra has to offer; alternatively, you can follow the coastal path to reach Vlyhos, where you will find a pebble beach popular with swimmers.

If you are up for more of a hiking challenge, try a trip to Agios Nikolaos Bay in the south-west. The beach here is really lovely and the walk will take between three and four hours, depending on your fitness. You may wish to hire a water-taxi for the return journey unless you are feeling extremely active! This long walk is a brilliant way to see some of the island’s enchanting countryside.

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