Hydra (Greece)

Hydra Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Sharon Mollerus

Donkey rides and atmospheric dinners

Hydra is a favorite day-trip or weekend getaway for AtheniansNo great beaches, but plenty of nice views
No cars, just donkey rides... A real getaway

Ask a local in Athens Greece what destination they would recommend for a weekend getaway from the city and they just might tell you about Hydra. This island, 70km to the south-west of Athens, is part of the Saronic Islands and can be reached by ferry in just around 90 minutes. It is one of the most popular day-trip (or weekend-trip) destinations from the capital, and for good reason.

There are two things that set Hydra apart from the flock of Greek islands. The first is that it is a car-free island, where for getting around you essentially have three choices: walk, takez a boat taxi or.. ride a donkey (not kidding). The second is that new construction is practically forbidden ensuring its charm is well-kept. Its port and pretty little town of the same name are scenically located around a large natural harbor built against the hills.

What to do here? Don't expect white sand beaches, or ancient attractions. Do expect rocky beaches with pebbles, and atmospheric seafood dinners overlooking the Aegean. That and donkey rides. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Hydra is a region in Greece. It is situated at an altitude of 1690ft and the best airport to fly into is ATH (Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens)
  • The currency used in Greece is the Euro (EUR)

Hydra Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
55 57 61 68 77 86 91 91 84 75 64 57

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.7 1.6 1.7 1.1 0.6 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.5 1.4 2.9 2.3

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