Greece’s only car-free island is a perfectly preserved sanctuary for aspiring artists, art collectors, and affluent Athenians.
Travel bucket list idea:
Hike to the monastery of Prophet Elias
Hydra, Greek Islands, Greece
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.
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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