Hydra is the most impressive island in the Argo Saronic Gulf. Due to its close distance to Athens, it gets very popular as a summer weekend destination. The town is constructed on the slopes of a hill around a port and impresses visitors at first sight with the elegant stone mansions. The special thing about Hydra island is that cars and other motor vehicles are entirely prohibited in all the island, so all transport is done on foot, by boat or riding the donkey. In fact, the donkeys are very characteristic figures of Hydra Greece. Beaches on the island are actually small coves with crystal water and green surroundings. Agios Nikolaos, Bitsi, Vlichos and Kaminia are the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Transfer to Piraeus from either the airport or your hotel in Athens, and catch the flying dolphin from Piraeus port and explore this cosmopolitan and tranquil island. Donkeys and boats are the only form of transport as laws prohibit automobiles (except for a few small garbage trucks), mopeds, and even bicycles. As you walk along the waterfront, the heart of the town, you encounter historical monuments, museums, old mansions as well as traditional stone mansions and narrow cobblestoned streets . Apart from its beautiful and traditional center you can explore its beautiful organized beaches such as Mandraki, Bisti and the sandy beach of Agios Nikolaos which is accessible only by water taxi.
After breakfast, depending on your departure time, you may be able to do some more shopping and exploring. After you have checked out of the hotel , walk to the port to catch your hydrofoil back to Piraeus port. There are several hydrofoils departing to Piraeus at 07:20am, at 12:55pm, at 14:50 and at 18:10. You may choose whatever time is more convenient to you.