Want to know about the best things to do in Hydra? Then read this article! Hydra is a very beautiful Greek island and there are fun activities!
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1. Go to the bastions of Hydra
The bastions of Hydra were made to protect the island during war time. Hydra primarily created the bastions to protect the island in the 18th century against the Turkish. However, they were never really used! Even though the bastions haven’t been used, they are still there and you can see them. It is a little climb, but it’s really worth it, because you can still see the cannons which is very impressive. Furthermore, from here you will get a magnificent view over the Port. Therefore, this is definitely one of the best things to do in Hydra!
2. Rent a boat
Hydra has beautiful blue water and it’s a great idea to rent a boat here! When you go to Hydra by ferry, you will arrive on Hydra Port. This is the main town of the island. There, you can rent a boat. Since it’s a great experience to sail on a boat here, I’d defintely recommend doing this! Furthermore, the views of Hydra from the boat will be amazing as well. Also, since cars are forbidden on the island, it’s a good way of transportation too!
3. Watch the colourful boats
There are so many boats here and it’s a very fun activity to just walk around in Hydra Port and look at all the beautiful boats. The locals use the boats to travel to the other parts of the island, because there are no cars at all on the island.
4. Jump into the water from the rocks
At the beach Spilia you can just jump of the rocks into the water! It’s one of the best things to do in Hydra especially for those who love swimming. Furthermore, besides jumping into the water, this place is also just a great spot to sit down and relax a bit. Moreover, from here you will have a beautiful view over the sea!
5. Visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Another one of the best things to do in Hydra is to go to the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This is a very beautiful cathedral located in the center! Since it’s at a very central great location, you can just go there while walking through the main village and it won’t take too much time to get there. This cathedral already exists about 400 years and it looks so beautiful from the inside!
6. Watch the donkeys and mules
There are so many donkeys and mules in Hydra! You will see them immediately when you arrive in the Port and they are really cute. Since it’s very unique and also typical for this island, I’d really recommend watching them for a while.
7. Get an ice cream
Especially during summer the weather in Hydra is perfect. There are many ice cream parlors where you can have a delicious ice cream! You should definitely have one, because it’s just lovely to walk around the beautiful port, enjoy the weather and eat a good ice cream! All ice cream lovers will agree that this is one of the best things to do in Hydra!
8. Go to Kamini beach
If you’re on Hydra for a few days and if you love beaches, you should definitely have a beach day! However, if you are there for just one day, it’s still fun to just visit the beach for a short time. For example, you could go to Kamini beach, which is a lovely beach in a village on the island.
9. Visit the Historical Archives Museum
The Historical Archives Museum is on Hydra Port where you arrive if you travel by ferry. Here, you can learn a lot about the history and culture of the island. Furthermore, there are many maps, paintings and other interesting things to see!
10. Travel by water taxi
Usually traveling by taxi isn’t an activity that you would do for fun. However, on Hydra it is! Since cars are forbidden by law on the island, there are no normal taxis, but only water taxis! Therefore, it’s just a great experience to take a water taxi and it’s also a convenient way to travel to another place on the island.
11. Go to all the cute shops
There are many cute shops on Hydra where you can buy clothes, shoes, jewelry and other typical Greek items. Therefore this island is a lovely place to be if you love shopping! I bought some beautiful sunglasses there!
12. Visit Kamini
Hydra Port is the place on the island where most activity happens. There live about 2000 people on there. There are some other villages on the island, but not many people live there. However, one of the other villages is Kamini and it’s definitely worth your time to go there! It’s just a short walk from Hydra Port and it looks very beautiful.
13. Visit the National Historical Museum
Another one of the best things to do in Hydra is to go to the National Historical Museum. This is a very interesting museum where you can learn a lot about the island and the history of the island.
14. Do a daytrip to Poros
Poros is an island in Greece very close to Hydra. Since it looks very cute and you its easily accessible by ferry, I would definitely recommend going there for a day! You can buy your tickets for the ferry here!
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