The pretty island of Hydra is just an hour or so by ferry from Piraeus, the port of Athens. During our visit in October, temperatures were moderate with no rain. The tourist crowds of summer were gone by mid-October, so this was a perfect time to visit.
A highlight of the island is the absence of motorized vehicles! No cars, no trucks, no buses. It is quiet, and the air is fresh. Mules stand ready at the port to move goods around the island. This absence of vehicles make Hydra a unique and special place. Unless you stay on the wharf, be prepared to climb up and down in the town of Hydra.
|Sunset behind Hydra town, Greece|
There are walking trails along the coast on either side of the town. More vigorous hikes take you up into the higher parts of town and beyond. Be prepared to climb up and down in Hydra, on cobblestone steps and sidewalks or gravel hiking trails.
|Hydra, Greece - no cars allowed|
|Hydra, Greece - hike along the coast, or up in the hills|
|"Like a bird, on a wire" Leonard Cohen wrote the beloved song on the island of Hydra.|
|At the pretty port of Hydra|
|Sponge - once an important industry|
Greece is, of course, the best!