Hydra is a beautiful, cosmopolitan island in the Saronic Gulf, with impressive architecture and long cultural history. You can easily travel by ferry to Hydra from Athens, Aegina, and Poros. On Ferryhopper you will find all ferry schedules to Hydra, information about the island and what to do there, in order to book your ferry tickets easy and at the best prices.
How to get to Hydra?
The easiest way to get to Hydra is with a high-speed ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens. The island of Hydra belongs to the Saronic islands, located approximately 79 km (42 nautical miles) from Piraeus. The Piraeus - Hydra ferry trip lasts 1,5 - 2 hours and there are frequent ferry connections throughout the year on this route.
You can also get to Hydra by ferry from the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf such as Aegina and Poros. The indirect ferry routes to Hydra, via Aegina or Poros, are more frequent in the summer season when the demand is also higher. You can compare all different ferry routes to Hydra on the Ferryhopper search engine and find all the available ferry connections in the Saronic Gulf on our updated Map of Ferries.
Ferry tickets and ferry schedules to Hydra
The island of Hydra is located close to the east coast of the Peloponnese, opposite Metochi and Hermioni areas. Hydra has regular ferry connections to the port of Piraeus during the whole year while in the summer there are both high-speed and conventional ferries serving the Piraeus - Hydra route. The ferry trip duration from Piraeus to Hydra lasts from 1,5 to 3 hours depending on the ferry that you choose to travel with.
Hydra is also well connected by ferry with its nearby islands and ports: you can travel from Hydra to Poros in 35min, from Hydra to Spetses in less than 1 hour, from Hydra to Porto Heli in 1hour 15min or from Hydra to the port of Hermioni in 25min.
What to do in Hydra
Hydra is considered to be 'The Queen of the Saronic Gulf', due to its picturesque style and rich history. The port of and the town of Hydra have impressive neoclassical buildings, beautiful colors, and many little shops that will make you feel that you travel into time. Walking around the streets of Hydra will guide you through the island's history with monuments, historic houses, and attractions that will charm you straight away. The island of Hydra is also very cosmopolitan and it attracts many famous Greek and international travelers - no wonder it was Leonard Cohen's favorite Greek island!
Beaches in Hydra
The island of Hydra has many beaches that can satisfy different tastes: sandy, with pebbles or rocks - the sure thing is that the sea of Hydra is crystal clear, and perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Few of the beaches in Hydra are only accessed on foot, or only accessible by boat. Here are some of the most popular beaches in Hydra:
- Agios Nikolaos
- Spilia (Cave)
Sightseeing in Hydra
Hydra has an important place in Greek history while it has also been an island with rich culture, which is evident in the architecture, the sightseeing as well as the cultural events that are hosted in Hydra every year. Here are some sights of cultural interest that we suggest to visit when in Hydra:
- The Hydra Museum Historical Archives (ΙΑΜΥ)
- The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum of Hydra
- Ero’s Mountain Trail
- Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Kimisis Theotokou)
- Lazaros Kountouriotis Historical Mansion
- George and Pavlos Kountouriotis Mansion
- Prophet Ilias Monastery
- Monument of Miaoulis
Cultural life in Hydra
The most important cultural event in Hydra is the celebration of Miaoulia, dedicated to the life and actions of the admiral Andreas Miaoulis during the Greek War of Independence. The celebrations take place for 1 week in June and include music events, exhibitions, lectures, performances, folk games and dances, and other activities across the island. If you are planning to visit Hydra during that time of the year we recommend that you book your ferry tickets and accommodation in advance as the availability is limited and the demand is high!
If you are interested in contemporary art then Hydra is definitely a top destination for you as during the summer the DESTE Foundation Project Space organizes a series of art exhibitions and performances in the island’s old slaughterhouse.
Useful information for your holidays in Hydra
The first thing you need to know before booking your ferry tickets to Hydra is that the island has a prohibition of cars and all motor vehicles. The main ways of navigating around the island are on foot, or by bicycle or water taxi. Few useful phone numbers for your stay in Hydra:
- Hydra Port Authority: +30 2298052279
- Citizen Services: +30 2298052279
- Hydra Police Station: +30 2298052205
- Hydra Town Hall: +30 2298320200
- Hydra's Hospital: +30 2298052208
- Hydra's Medical Practice: +30 2298052420
Where to book your ferry tickets for Hydra
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