Route 2: Zourvas Monastery to the Lighthouse

This is one of Hydra’s most challenging yet beautiful trails. It takes a while, so plenty of water and snacks are ideal. Due to difficult signage and overall difficulty, it is highly recommended that you take the water taxi to the monastery and begin your hike from there, rather than arduously trying to reach it and being exhausted before the real route even begins!

If you choose to follow this tip and begin at Zourvas, you want to head back towards town. The path is pretty straight forward, though you’ll be on it for hours. Fear not, as rewards its hikers with some of the best views down towards town and over the entire island. You’ll pass goat farms, as well as the churches of Profitis Ilias and Agios Nikolaos (actually a convent.) From here you’ll be able to see the edge of town and its approach. A good route is that which leads straight ahead on the large road that passes between the Monasteries of St. Matronis on the left, and Agia Triada on the right, after which, you’ll notice a small trail that leads upwards toward the left. Follow this towards the stone tower and continue on through the valley. You’ll wind up at a cemetery towards the upper part of town. From here, reaching town is pretty straightforward.



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Palamidas beach, Hydra

Deep within a gulf just northwest of Hydra’s main harbor, this small beach is a great place to relax and enjoy its crystal clear waters. It’s right next to the Voulgari Mansion.

Molos beach, Hydra

In the northeastern section Hydra, this beach offers bathers deep blue waters and blissful views of the opposite islet of Kivotos.

Bisti beach, Hydra

Within Hydra’s most northwestern gulf lies the beach of Bitsi, with blue-green waters and several pine trees. The beach is accessible by boat.

Route 3: Hydra Town to Episkopi

This is a great path to take in the warmer months, as it’s the flattest of all three and it passes several beaches along the way. Leave Hydra Town by following the coast towards the coastal hamlet of Kamini, and once you reach its beach, continue along the dirt road to Vlihos.

Limnioniza beach, Hydra

The beach of Limnioniza can be found along Hydra’s southeastern coast and can be reached by foot along a trail. It isn’t organized and doesn’t offer any natural shade, so bring an umbrella if you plan on staying a while.

Kaoumithi beach, Hydra

This pristine beach lies in the northwestern section of the island, with pine trees surrounding its turquoise waters, and offering bathers calm and serenity.

Agios Nikolaos beach, Hydra

This beautiful beach features clear, blue waters and is partially organized. You can reach it by boats which leave from the harbor. It’s located on the island’s southwest side.

Route 1: Profitis Ilias to the harbor

This uphill journey begins from Hydra Town harbor and meanders its way up the island’s highest point, a hill where the monastery of Profitis Ilias lies. You’ll need to follow the town’s main street (Miaoulis). Past the horse stables, a road with three lanes and lined with trees, leading to the Church of Agios Konstantinos. Instead of reaching the church, take the first left (almost a U turn) upwards and follow along until you notice a vague trail veering off towards the left.

Spilia, Hydroneta and Avlaki, Hydra

Though technically not beaches, these three spots offer a place to swim not far off from Hydra town. A ladder leads the way into the water from the rocky coast.