48 hours in Hydra

This tiny gem of the Saronic Gulf is chic and rustic at the same time. On this free of wheeled vehicles island you will see mules and donkeys, a picturesque port, cobbled lanes and romantic restaurants.

Day One


10am.
Check in to Bratsera Hotel. The sponge factory established by Nickolaos Verneniotis in 1860 has been lovingly restored and turned into one of the most charming small hotels in Greece, only two minutes on foot from the port in a secluded court-yard. The hotel offers 25 individually designed rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant (tel.: +3022980 53971, www.bratserahotel.com).



A historic house, built in 1796 by Count Orloff of Russia, has been lovingly converted into a Orloff Boutique Hotel, with only 9 rooms and suites. It is an ideally located hotel in Hydra town, in a calm neighborhood only at a hundred meters distance from the majestic port of the island and the closest swim spot (Rafalia 9 & Votsi, tel.: +30 22980 52564, www.orloff.gr).



Hydroussa Hotel has benn the setting for two of the most well known films, "Boy on a dolphin" staring Sophia Loren and "A girl in black" staring Elli Labeti. It consists of 40 stylish rooms, a magnificent drawing room and dinning area and picturesque yard full of flowers (Votsi square, tel.: +3022980 53580, www.hydroussa-hydra.gr).


11 am
Head to Hydronetta beach, very close to the main settlement at a privileged spot below the cannons. You will dive from the rocks and enjoy some sunbathing with the best sunsets in the background. If you continue on the coastal road, you will find Megalo Kamini, the picturesque harbor with the taverns and Mikro Kamini, the small organized pebbled beach.


Kamini

2pm.
Lunch in Téchnē restaurant. It opened in April 2016 as an all-day restaurant, bar and café serving carefully crafted dishes of Mediterranean cuisine combining traditional recipes and modern techniques, along with signature cocktails, select wines and speciality coffee (Avlaki, tel: +30 22980 52500, www.techne-hydra.com, from €25 per person).  


 
5pm.
Castello Hydra, the fully renovated 18th century fort-like building on the beach of Kamini is ideal for an evening coffee or coktail in the multi-level cafe (Kamini, tel.: +3022980 54101, 

 
7pm.
Take a ride with a donkey, Hydra's trademark animal. The sweet quadrupeds are the only means of transportation in the narrow and uphill streets of the island, as the wheeled vehicles are not allowed in the village. So, do not miss a 10-15 minute ride with the donkeys that you find in the harbor.




9pm.
Romantic dinner in Sunset restaurant, listed among the world's top restaurants with a view. The seafood comes fresh from the Aegean Sea and the cuisine is traditionally Greek. You will enjoy prawns braised in spicy tomato sauce flavored with garlic, chili, peppers and feta, topped with spring onions or beef filet grilled with olive oil and thyme served with grilled oyster mushrooms, baby arugula and mashed potatoes with truffle oil (tel.+3022980 52067, http://sunsethydra.com).



11pm.
Late drinks in Pirate bar. Opened in 1976, it is the place to party the night away in a two storey stone house located in the middle of one of Greece’s most picturesque ports (tel.: :+3022980 52711, http://thepiratebar.gr).



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