Rides & Treks

Kamini Port ( Castello Beach) (ride 1)

Following the coastal path from the port of Hydra, heading west and passing through the Avlaki area, we arrive at Kaminia, a small, natural, picturesque port full of fishing boats and traditional tavernas. Next to the Kamini port is Castello Beach (or Little Kamini or Baby Beach). Castello Beach has a pebble beach with  a cafe bar restaurant, which is open all day during summer months.

  • Duration: 15 minutes one way; 30 minutes round trip plus a 10-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost: 15€ one way per person, 25€ round trip per person (VAT included)

Mandraki (Miramare Beach) (ride 2)

We leave from the port, taking the coastal path through Mandraki and end at Mandraki Bay. Mandraki is a picturesque cove located to the east of Hydra Town. It consists of two small pebble beaches. The larger beach lies in front of the the old Miramare Hotel and the smaller one lies below the Mandraki 1812 Taverna. In the past, Mandraki used to be the military port of Hydra.

  • Duration: 20 minutes one way, 40 minutes round trip with a 10-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost: 20€ one way per person, 30€ round trip per person (VAT included)

Vlichos Port (Beach) (ride 3)

We reach Vlichos with a beautiful ride of about 40 minutes, following the coastal path that runs from Spilia, past Avlaki, and along the internal path that passes over Kamini and ends at the famous arched stone bridge of Vlichos. Vlichos is a lovely coastal village located in one of the most picturesque areas of  Hydra. Whitewashed houses with courtyards full of flowers spread to the foot of the hill above the beach. Among them there are three traditional chapels: St. Haralambos, Saint Karpou and Papylou (1815), and Agia Paraskevi. The picturesque organized Vlichos beach has gray pebbles and crystal clear waters and is suitable for children. In Vlichos there are taverns with delicious greek food.

  • Duration: 30 minutes one way, 60 minutes round trip with a 10-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost: 25€ one way per person, 35€ round trip per person (VAT included)

Plakes, Vlichos (Beach) (ride 4)

We leave from the port, following the coastal path past Aylaki, through Kamini, to the famous arched stone bridge of Vlichos. We then continue along an interior road to Plakes beach. The coastal settlement of Plakes is a very beautiful, and there is a fully organized pebble beach with crystal blue waters. Just a few meters from the sea there is a very good hotel with a cafe-bar and restaurant where you can enjoy refreshing juices and tasty dishes.

  • Duration: 35 minutes one way, 70 minutes round trip with a 10-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost: 30€ one way per person, 40€ round trip per person (VAT included).

Kala Pigadia (The “Good Wells”) and Kiaffa (The Old Town) (ride 5)

These are two of the most beautiful districts of Hydra. Kala Pigadia takes its name from the wells built to supply water the town of Hydra. The Gorogiannis mansion, an imposing traditional building with a private church, is located in the same area.

Kiaffa was the island’s first settlement. Created gradually from Christian populations that relocated to Hydra via the Peloponnese after the fall of Constantinopolis, this first settlement developed as a fortress-like structure, according to the patterns of settlements in the Cyclades, to protect the inhabitants of the island from pirate attacks. The Kiaffa settlement had as its center the church of the Genesis of Jesus Christ (small Jesus); it and the church of St. John the Baptist Bourntaverti are considered the oldest churches of Hydra.

  • Duration: 30 minutes up and 30 minutes down with a 20-minute stop to take photos

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost: 35€ round trip  per person  (VAT included)

Saint Constantine Monastery (ride 6)

The Cathedral of Saint Constantine the Hydriot is located on the top of the Kiaffa area. Saint Constantine is Hydra’s patron saint. The church is built in the location of the saint’s home. You can visit the monastery (with prearrangement), enjoy the view over Hydra Town and the Saronic all the way to the Peloponnese, and take photos. This beautiful and easy ride is suitable for all ages and riding abilities.

  • Duration: 30 minutes up and 30 minutes down, with a 20-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Ride cost : 35€ round trip  per person (VAT included)

Profitis Ilias Monastery (trek 7)

The monastery of Profitis Hlias is located on the slope of Mount Eros, Hydra’s highest peak. Its history begins in 1813. During the revolution of 1821, Theodoros Kolokotronis was imprisoned in the monastery. Today you can see old pictures, the wooden temple, and the library. It provides breathtaking views of the island and the Peloponnese. You can visit the monastery (with pre-arrangement) and see the interior. This beautiful trek passes through the pine forest visible on the mountain above Hydra Town.

  • Duration: 60 minutes up and 60 minutes down, with a 30-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: medium

Ride cost: 60€ round trip  per person (VAT included)

Panagia Zourva Monastery (trek 8)

On the east side of Hydra, atop of the unspoiled rocky hill of Ano Zourva, rises the Monastery of Zourvas, built in 1814. It can be accessed through an ascending path and offers stunning panoramic views to the surrounding wild landscape and the sea. On the way to the monastery you will see other churches as well. Hydra writer George Sahinis says that the sacred image of the Virgin was found in year 1776 in a cave on the estate of Eleftherios Giannikas, who founded the monasery. Today the holy image is in the Catholic Holy Monastery and has been masked by silver leaf and gold. It is open to the public. We advise against this trek in late afternoons as we don’t want to get caught in the dark. We also advise that novice riders use pack saddles.

  • Duration: 2 hours there and 2 hours back, with a 90-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: difficult

Ride cost: 150€ round trip  per person (VAT included)

Palamidas—Agia Marina (trek 9)

The adventure follows the Hydra–Vlychos– Palamida coastal path. At the beach of Palamidas, according to history, is the Voulgaris mansion, which hosted Kapoudan Pasha during his stay on Hydra. The beach is home to the only traditional shipyard still in operation on the island. After a 10-minute stop to rest and take photos, the trek continues another 30 minutes through the pine forest to reach Agia Marina, a beautiful traditional chapel. The church is celebrated on July 17. Hydriots spend the night there and early in the morning holy service takes place.

At the chapel, we stop 15 minutes to admire the marvelous scenery and take photos.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes up and 1 hour and 30 minutes down with a 25-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: easy to medium

Ride cost: 75€ (New Reduced Price!) round trip  per person (VAT included)

Saint Matrona (trek 10)

The monastery of Agia Matrona is located in the hills above Agia Fotini cemetery. Starting from Agia Fotini, we follow a rocky path up the mountain, eventually coming to the ‘Mill’, the ruins of an eighteenth-century stone windmill. At this point we take the path that leads to up the monastery. Agia Matrona is a convent or nunnery, celebrated on March 25 and October 20.Two nuns live there today. They make beautiful rosary bracelets and incense. The nearby small chapel of Agios Sozon, together with the monastery, creates stunning scenery. You can visit the monastery (with pre-arrangement) and buy handmade rosaries and incense.

  • Duration: 60 minutes up and 60 minutes down with a 30-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: medium

Ride cost: 60€ round trip  per person (VAT included)

Saint Evpraxia Convent (trek 11)

The convent of Saint Evpraxia is located adjacent to the Monastery of Prophet Elias on a slope of Mount Eros, Hydra’s highest peak. It was built between 1807 and 1819. The church of Agias Eupraxias stands in the center of the convent. The nuns were famous for their beekeeping and weaving. It is said that the nuns used up to eight looms to make rugs and carpets. After a beautiful trek through a pine forest, you can visit the convent (after prior arrangement) and see the interiors.

  • Duration: 60 minutes up and 60 minutes down with a 30-minute stop

  • Degree of difficulty: medium

Ride cost: 60€ round trip  per person (VAT included)

Limnioniza beach (trek 12)

Limnioniza is a pebble beach located in a small bay south of Hydra. The area is ideal for swimming and enjoying nature, away from the busy port and swimming spots. The water is emerald green and crystal clear. We leave from the port taking the inland path up to Agia Fotini, heading to the back of the island, where the beach is located.
We will stay at the beach for swimming for 3 hours max. Please note that there are no trees for natural shade.
We return to the port via the Mandraki coastal path. We don’t suggest this trek for late afternoons as we don’t want to get caught in the dark or during the winter months because part of the path might become impassable due to thick wild vegetation.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes up and 1 hour and 40-minutes down with a maximum 3-hour stop

  • Decree of difficulty: Difficult (as the terrain can get tricky in some areas, novice riders will be asked to dismount and walk for up to half a kilometer)

Ride cost: 100€  round trip per person (VAT included)

Please follow a “Leave No Trace policy” to reduce the impact of our presence on the natural environment.

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