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Bucket list experience:

Last updated: 24 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

High above Hydra’s harbour, the remote monastery of Profitis Ilias dates from 1813.

It’s an hour’s stiff trek uphill, but you’ll be rewarded with fresh spring water, and phenomenal views of Hydra town and the Peloponnese shimmering on the horizon.

There are some other fine hiking options, including: Hydra–St Nikolaos (1 hour, easy), Profitis Ilias–Eros (30 minutes, hard), Hydra-Vlychos (35 minutes, easy). Ask your hotel for details.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 2+ hours

Getting there & doing it

Entrance to the monastery is free, but donations are welcomed and remember to dress modestly (no shorts or skimpy tops).

When to do it

The monastery is always open, but note the monks and nuns observe a siesta from 1pm-5pm.

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