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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