Sailing to Hydra

I had been looking forward to taking an island tour during my time in Greece, so I joined many of my fellow ATINER conference attendees for a chartered boat ride to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. I’ll focus this post on Hydra.

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We boarded at the Port of Piraeus for a day tour with Olympic Cruises (whose web address redirects here).

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Hydra is the farthest away of the three Saronic Gulf islands we planned to visit, and we were going there first, so we spent the first couple of hours of our trip on the water. That left plenty of time to look at the scenery, chat with friends, or do a little dancing to traditional Greek music. By the way, when looking at the water up close, it was incredibly blue. I even saw some dolphins swimming behind the boat.

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It seemed as if everyone got excited as we approached Hydra. I certainly did. People began crowding the sides of the boat to get better views as we sailed into port.

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Hydra doesn’t have any automobiles. The streets are too narrow and the hills are too steep, so you either walk everywhere or ride a donkey. You can also buy a 10-minute donkey ride for 10 Euro (or less, or perhaps more, depending on the day and your negotiating skills, I suppose).

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I didn’t ride a donkey on this day, but I went back about a week later with our Study Abroad group and rode one because a friend of mine had dared me to do it.

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Here are some more photos I like.

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Bonus Photo!

A panorama of Hydra’s harbor.

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