The tranquil island of Hydra is a perfect destination for those wanting a break from life in the fast lane. There is little to do except swim, hike, admire the scenery, read, rest, and enjoy some great restaurants. There are no cars or motorbikes on Hydra, and almost the only noises you will hear are donkeys, and church bells.
Hydra is an island with lots of steps, so not so suitable for those unable to walk easily. All our villas to rent on Hydra are within walking distance of the town and port. Two of our luxury rental villas here are situated quite high up in Hydra (about 15 - 20 minutes walk up, and 15 minutes walk down), but the spectacular scenery when you reach your destination makes it worth the climb. Other villas to rent include a historic Hydra property located in Avlaki, just 10 minutes walk from the Hydra town, and a luxury villa just 15 minutes walk from Spillia Beach.
Just a 10 minute walk from the harbour is The Rocks, a favourite swimming spot, with flat rocks for sunbathing, and stairs for getting out of the water after a refreshing swim. There is a great restaurant here too, called The Sunset, named for its beautiful sunset views. Mandraki beach can be reached by a 25-minute walk along a seaside road, while Vlichos beach is a 25-minute walk in the other direction, with sun loungers and umbrellas, and a charming restaurant. For either of these beaches, you can just phone for a water taxi back if you don’t fancy the walk! There are plenty more beaches to visit by caique or water taxi, including secluded beaches on the Peloponnese.