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museums in Hydra


Historic House of Lazaros Kountouriotis.

The striking mansion do minating the slope to the west of the town centre, in the characteristic ochre colour. It belonged to one of the most eminent and richest Hydriot squires of the period of the Revolution, Lazaros Kountouriotis, who
played a crucial role in the events of that period. The architecture of the building is a typical example of the architecture of an 18th c. Hydriot mansion and was donated to the Greek State, together with its household stuff, by the great-grandson of Lazaros Kountouriotis, Pantelis Kountouriotis, in 1979. Restoration works have been caried out since then and today the visitor can admire very remarkable heirlooms and exhibits on its three floors. The main house on ground floor B includes the household stuff of the family, which evidences the wealth and the luxury they gained from shipping. Wall tables, sideboards, elaborately gilded mirors, bronze items, valuable dinnerware and portraits as well as the sword and the medals of Lazaros Kountouriotis. The most important figures of the Revolution met in these spaces and discussed the events of that period. The first floor of the mansion includes an exhibition with several traditional costumes, embroideries, woven items and jewels. In other words, the mansion also serves as the museum of folk art of Hydra and other islands. Finally, ground floor A accommodates a permanent painting exhibition with works by Pericles and Constantine Byzantios, two great Greek painters of the 20th c. that connected their lives with Hydra. The Kountouriotis mansion is a branch of the National & Historical Museum of Greece.

Opening hours:

March to October: daily except Monday, 10.00 – 14.00 and 17.30 – 20.30.
Group visits during the winter months upon request.

€4 per person


TEXTS REFERS TO Thodoris Kiousis

Move from Airport to Pireaus

By bus

airport to pireaus and hydra

The X96 bus makes routes every 20-30 minutes every day such from the airport to piraeus port and of course the opposite route. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes (without traffic).


Automatic ticket issuing machines at Metro, Tram stations, many newsstands/kiosks, also at the bus departure area, from the drivers of the airport buses.

About 6 euro

The bus station is named “Arrival level” and is located between Exit 4 and 5

The bus station is named “karaiskaki square” near the gate E8 where leave boats for Argosaronikos Gulf (Egina,Poros,Hydra,Spetses) – from the bus station is about 500 metres walking to get to E8 gate.
More information at the site below http://www.athenstransport.com/

By metro

Metro from aiport to port

Another choice getting to Piraeus port is the metro – tube. Exactly outside the airport is the metro station.

• You have to take the blue line 3 (Aghia Marina-Doukissis Plakentias Airport) and then you stop at “monastiraki” station and
• You get to the green line 1 (Kifisia-Piraeus). In Pireaus is the terminal station, just across the street from the port.

When you arrive at Piraeus you will go through a bridge and you will see the E5 gate,turn left and a few metres later you arrive at E8 gate where the boats depart for Hydra.

Automatic ticket issuing machines at all Metro stations

It costs about 10 euro. Its necessary to inform you that you can use the same ticket from the airport metro for about 90 minutes for all means of transport

Trains run every 30 minutes,7 days a week. All the duration of the route is about 1h and 20 minutes.
For more information about the routes please call 11 185 or visit the site www.oasa.gr

By taxi

taxi airport to port

In addition to, you can go to the Piraeus port by the taxi or by car. You can catch a taxi outside the airport, or you can rent a car and make a road trip to Hydra. For more informations check here

It is about 30 kilometres

It is about 1 hour(without much traffic)

Suggested price 50 euro during the day and 65 euro at the night(12:00am-5:00am)

Festivals Hydra


During the whole time in quaint and beautiful island of argosaronikos, Hydra, the historic place various festivals. Each one of them has both its own beauty and tradition. Give the opportunity to young people to learn (tradition and history through fun activities) and the largest not forget the culture of this glorious island. Below we mention some of them.


Christmas in Hydra

And while we combine Christmas trees, reindeer, sleighs and snow, Hydra has its own different side at Christmas. Special and magical, as there are ornaments, colored light bulbs (which are reflected in the beautiful waters of the Harbor) and trimmed boats forming Greek traditional custom. The municipality of the island every year organises various concerts, as well as cinematic and theatrical evenings. The solemn atmosphere early on Christmas morning for the faithful, when the bells are calling them, directed to the temple, through the narrow and picturesque streets of the island.

New years in Hydra

With the end of Christmas celebrations are not finished as in all parts of the Earth awaiting the entrance of the new year. New years in which everyone always hoping for something better. So in the small but beautiful Hydra, the residents adhere to the traditional customs of the place. Open doors, waiting for the first year and make the table to the first visitor of the year. Perform the traditional cutting of the cake as well as young children go door-to-door to sing carols. On the beach of the island they share gifts to young children. And of course we are missing concerts and cultural events.

Epiphany in Hydra

Another spectacular celebration on the island are the Epiphany. As everywhere is sung the cheery message of Epiphany. Baptism, namely of Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The priests on the eve of Epiphany “illuminate” the residents’ homes, as well as their boats to have good harvests and good seas. On Epiphany day conducted great litany directed at port, through the old neighborhoods of Hydra-Kiafas-Gkoyrmadas to the Fine square Wells, where the priests are the benediction of the two wells. When the Sun hours the Procession reaches the Northern mole of the port via the road of Andreas Miaoulis, after an eventful devoutness litany, the priests throw the cross on which Christ was crucified into the sea and ydraioi dive into the icy waters to catch him, lifting him and to have his blessing. So this way and freeing three pigeons are blessed the water. It is noteworthy that apart from the benediction of the waters in the Harbour, from the 1963 blessing becomes and the port of Kamini area to have sailors health and travels well. The island is swarming with people with smiles, they exchange greetings. In recent years the metropolis Hydra bestows a gold cross on the one who catches the cross within the waters.

The celebration of the almond tree in Hydra

This is a celebration that takes place on the island in February. Presage the coming of spring, fruiting. The central theme of this dance tradition is the flowered almond. A man covers itself using bride and a groom dressed woman. The accompanying crowds on the streets, as well as a variety of musicians who play Kompania songs with musical instruments. Basic Orchestra song is the song “blooming almond tree”. The joyous procession starts from the port and ends at the village beneath a blooming almond tree. They visit a big restaurant after all to celebrate.

The 25th March in glorious Hydra

The 25 the March is a national holiday and all students marching in raising the Greek flag honoring the heroes of 1821, of course some of those heroes came from the glorious island, and played their own important role in Greece’s independence. Students of all classes dressed in the national colors (white-blue) make parades along the paved area. As well as some of the students decorate music (playing drums) the atmosphere of national marches.

Halloween in Hydra

And of course don’t miss from Hydra Halloween fun!! It’s the last Sunday before the start of lent. Dressed masqueraders ydraioi of all ages walking around in a noisy procession on the streets of the city, following the King Carnival. Crowds of people from the square Votsi Kaminia, kaminia, Beach Road – Hydra, then pass through the harbor where we partied with the final outcome “xeri elia”. ‘ Fiesta with music concert, plenty of wine and traditional snacks. At the end they hang the King Carnival, although other regions accustomed to the burn. And the fun lasts until the morning.

Shrove Tuesday in Hydra

Lent clean Monday the dishes have a field day. Hydra Cook the freshest seafood and lent the table off!!! Of course we are missing the evening concerts and flying the kite on the day from the highest points of the island, as well as at any point blowing this unique hydriot breeze.

Unique experience Easter in Hydra

A memorable Easter can guarantee this cosmopolitan island which is only half an hour from the port of Piraeus. Wearing white, festive in stone imposing mansions, the Hydra is the perfect destination for the holy days of Passover.

Throughout the week a solemn atmosphere envelops the island reviving old customs that are inextricably linked with the sea.
On Friday, the procession of the epitaph takes place in the quaint, cobblestone streets of the island. Crowds followed, with candlelight to shine and end up in the Kamini area , where four young children waving their shoulders the epitaph placed in the sea. As you read the sequence, the devoutly great and unique experience. As the epitaph is located inside the water becomes prayer both for sailors to have good trips and sponge divers to have luck, as the waters they are sanctified.

On the evening of Holy Saturday resurrection mode takes place in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in port. When the priests chant Christos Anesti follows a variety of pyrotechnics and Fireworks, while the ships lay ahead illuminated the sirens and fly red flares into the sky. This is a magnificent spectacle!

On Easter Sunday the residents bake a traditional spit, tsoyggrizoyn red eggs, exchange greetings. Sunday afternoon, the effigy of Judas takes place in a courtroom on the quay of the port filled with flammable materials and delivered in flames after being punished by the guns of the locals.

Mayday in Hydra

1st the may day holiday and the spring reception. All the inhabitants of the island knit traditional wreath with colorful flowers of the island and hang them outside the traditional doors of their houses. We all spend this day with friends and relatives. Concerts are held on the island and the taverns full of people who enjoy eating (fresh appetizers) and ouzo. The tranquility and relaxation offered by this island is unique because there are no cars and engines only donkeys that make even more graphic!!

Hydra Miaoylia (for the glorious Admiral Andreas Miaoulis)

A great celebration of Hydra’s celebrated in the last week of June, which is closer tothe June 21. The festivities last for a week to honor the great Admiral who offered so much in the fight for the liberation of the nation. In Miaouleia included various musical events, theatrical performances, lectures, games, lampadidodromies, regattas and various dance folk bands and of course we are missing reports, and sporting events. The penultimate day of the Mayor and the City Council receives representative of the Navy. The last day celebrated the Divine Liturgy and Thanksgiving to the Holy Cathedral where has moved the heart of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis from the historic archive – Museum. Follows a memorial service and wreaths in the full-length statue of this eminent person (a. Miaoulis) at the Castle and then we have the return of the pycnometer with the heart of Admiral at the Museum. It is noteworthy to mention, the official transition to the Merchant Marine Academy Pier Hydra for dropping Stephen overboard in honor of all naymachwn 1821. The third and last day of the events honorary this celebration culminates with the reenactment of the elder and the burning of the Turkish armada. Multitude of fireworks shine on the hydriot sky.

Koyntoyrioteia (August festival in Hydra)

The August sunset in Hydra can be combined with a festival that takes place on the island, this month. The Koyntoyriwteia is a six-day event that celebrates the first President of the Hellenic Republic, the Ydraian Admiral Pavlos kountouriotis. Their presence there, apart from crowds, make and representatives of political and military authorities, literature and art. In this six-day event are held various cultural events such as guided tours to museums, sporting events, exhibitions, book presentations and so informative and christening thank you speeches. And of course the last day in the doxology Holy Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos. At the close of this event takes place wreaths at sculpture full-length effigy and Tomb of the first President of the

Hellenic Republic
28 the October day of glorious history and NO

Everybody deserves to visit the Hydra during this autumn’s event. With every pomp and solemn Hydra celebrates the Agia Skepi (Virgin Mary) and the national anniversary of 28th October, paying the appropriate values to the heroes of the epic of the NO. At the start of the day we have the bells, the mass of the Cathedral Church of the assumption and the raising of the flag at the castle of Kavos. At festivities every year attend official invited both the political and the religious site. Sound national poems and made wreaths at the war memorial to the fallen of the Mayor of the island. Schools and students of AEN parading with fervor and patriotism at the port before the authorities of the place. In the Hall of the Municipal Council banquet takes place where the awarding of honorary boards to students who distinguish themselves in any sport or introduced into some higher University School.

Activities in Hydra

This cosmopolitan island can become very interesting since it gives the opportunity to both island residents and tourists to experience unique activities that take place in this picturesque island. A description of some activities that will make your trip to Hydra truly unforgettable!

Sailing races

Every year in Hydra takes place two sailing races. The first is at the end of October, just before the anniversary of the heroic NO (October 28th) and the second place in late March, shortly after the anniversary of the glorious revolution of 1821 (March 25th). This second race bears the name “Greek Revolution hydro” because of the homonym revolution.
Heralds the start of the summer season on the island .The sea route is Faliro destined Hydra and vice versa. The distance of each route is about 36 miles. Crowds gathered on the island to enjoy this spectacle, or to take part in this event, boat multitude flooded the island. More information on the website of Hellenic Offshore Racing Club



Diving in the blue waters of Hydra is an absolute experience where the bottom is a mirror of magic and surprise. Meet an underwater world full of color and beauty in crystal clear waters. More information on Hydra Diving Centre and Ermioni’s Diving Center Kallianos

Mountain running

Conducting trail running races in Hydra is one of the most beautiful events. As performed in a very beautiful natural environment offering direct contact with nature. It lasts two days and from the very first year that took place conquered fans of the sport. In the area of mountain running introduced the Hydra’s TrailE. Event and made in April.
A specific route is aimed at athletes, another aimed at the whole world participate and another scheduled especially for the little ones.One race named “Eros mountain trail” is a 25,6 Km route with a 1.100m increasing altitude. Is the only downhill race in Greece. The only descending race is Greece! The fastest route in mountain running! The start of the pine monastery of Prophet Elias to finish the port. It is the only downhill race in Greece. The city welcomes visitors and athletes in many events in which they and participate. More details in the official Hydra’s Trail


The most ideal location for hiking in nature. Away from cars and city noise. A walk on the east side of the island to the lighthouse of Zourva offers the view of a landscape stone, while on the west side of Episkopi path is shrouded by pine trees. In the center of the island one finds the highest mountain of Hydra, the “part” from where he can see both the Saronic Gulf and the sea Myrtoo. Wooden signs along the way help towards the sights. The tweets of birds, the view of rare plants and the smell are a fusion of nature that activates and delights all the senses.
View all hikes in Hydra on our blog

Excursions nearby

The “round Hydra” is an all day trip with boat that you rent. You can visit the beaches for swimming in blue waters and have lunch on the beach.
One can also go by water taxi or the daily routes across the dependency from where can rent a car and visit the eastern Peloponnese archaeological sites such as the ancient theater of Epidaurus, the palace of King Agamemnon at Mycenae, beautiful Nafplion, two medieval castles or country of Theseus ancient Troezen, and the vaulted tombs of Magoula Galata. There is a small ferry boat which one can get from Galata to go to Poros and to visit the Temple of Poseidon.
Finally there is the opportunity for a day trip by flying dolphins, either in Poros, or Hermione, or even Spetses and Porto Heli. It is also worth mentioning that in July and August made trips by boat from Hydra for the Epidaurus festival.

Trekking with horses

Equally important and interesting activity is the exploration of the island on a horse ride. You can choose one of the routes proposed by the driver and owner of horses. You can visit monasteries, beaches and mountains. The routes are many and breathtaking landscapes. Safety equipment provided by your guide. You can find more information on the page of Harriet.

How to Reach Hydra Island

Get to Hydra by hydrofoil, by car or with a bus

Travel Hydra: By Hydrofoils from Pireaus port

By Hydrofoils from Piraeus port there are every day trips, lasts 1,5 to 2 hours.
Hydrofoils to Hydra: Hellenic Seaways or Aplhalines 

For more information please contact:
Piraeus Port Authorities: (+30) 210 4511310
Hydra Port Authorities: (+30) 22980 52279

Getting to Hydra Island from the Mainland:
A Step-by-Step Guide

Travel Hydra: By Car

From Athens the distance is 200 Km. The trip lasts approx. 2 and a half hour.
Via the National road Athens-Korinthos, take the exit to Epidavros.
Follow the route and signs to Hydra, Spetses and aftel the Palia Epidavros you will see a fork road and


either you take the exit toward Epidavrou – Kosta
(Poros – Hydra Signs) in your left hand:
Directions with google maps here


Or follow the signs to Ermioni in your right hand:
Directions with google maps here

The final destination is Metochi Ermionis, which is opposite from hydra island.

You leave your car to Metochi. There is a free parking area or a guarded parking.

At Metochi you can get a water taxi directly to Hydra by sea taxi (+30 2298053690) – appox. 70  euros

or catch one of the daily routes with Freedom . It will take approximately  30  minutes to get across to the island. Cost is €7,5€ per person.

Cars are not permitted in the island.

Travel Hydra: By Bus

Athens to Kranidi by Bus

Once you’ve arrived in Athens, the next step is to travel to Kranidi, a picturesque town on the mainland located opposite Hydra Island, in Argolida area. You can do this by taking a comfortable intercity bus from the main bus station in Athens.

Head to the Athens KTEL Bus Station “Kifissos”:  
This station is well-signposted, and you can easily get there by taxi.

Location of the Bus Station – Bus ticket office: Central Bus Station “Kifissos”, Kifissou Avenue & Drakontos 78, 10442 Athina, tel.: 801 11 44000, +30 210 5134588

Eticket services

Board the Bus to Kranidi: Once you’ve purchased your ticket, proceed to the designated platform to board your bus. The journey to Kranidi offers scenic views of the Greek countryside. It will take around  2 hours and 40 min.

Exit the bus station in Kranidi and you’ll likely find a taxi stand nearby. Taxi services are readily available, and drivers are usually familiar with the route to Ermioni or Metochi.
Taxi websites to make an appointment
Taxi Korontinis Ermioni

Bozikis Taxi Ermioni

Confirm the fare with the driver before starting your journey.

1st option: Kranidi to Ermioni by Taxi

Ermioni, a charming coastal town about 15 kilometers away from Kranidi.  Now that you’ve arrived in Ermioni, you’re just a boat ride away from Hydra Island: Once you have your ticket, board the small boat to Hydra Island. You can find details about the routes here: Hydra Tours Travel

2nd option: Kranidi to Metochi by Taxi

When you reach the bus station in Kranidi, you can take a taxi to Metochi (its an area directly opposite Hydra). Is takes around 30 minutes to get to Metochi (it’s a destination of 27 km).

And from there a boat to Hydra.

Check the daily routes with Freedom boats

Your adventure on Hydra Island begins the moment you step off the boat. Enjoy your stay, explore the island’s beauty, and create lasting memories of your Greek getaway. Safe travels!

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