Finding things to do in Hydra when sailing in Greece
Hydra is a popular stop on any Greece sailing tour and not just because of its convenient location in the Saronic Gulf, but also for its array of attractions to be explored. The island is busy with life yet untouched by over-development, modern yet traditional and all of this gives the Greek island a unique allure. Also mixed in are some one-of-a-kind sights that are not to be missed while sailing in Greece.
Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum)
Lazaros Koundouriotis, the ‘Father of the Nation’, was a ship owner renowned for his role in the Greek War of Independence and an important figure in local history. Today his mansion, located close to Hydra Town’s port, serves as a branch of the National Historical Museum. The house is opulently decorated and each fantastically maintained room homes a mixture of Koundouriotis family heirlooms, paintings and collections from the National Historical Museum.
A challenging two hour trek is what faces anyone looking to reach Mount Eros, the highest point on the island, making it the perfect venture for active souls and keen hikers. And while the walk might be an off-putting prospect to others, the view from the top is unequalled, offering the best in all of Hydra. At close to 600 metres high, the peak offers panoramic views of Hydra and the sparkling sea beyond.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
There are said to be 365 churches on Hydra and of these the most visited by far is the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Situated on the waterfront in Hydra Town’s harbour, the church is easy to find, characterised by its tall clock tower and built in part from the marble blocks used to build the Temple of Poseidon on Poros.