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Footpaths and Trekking routes

One of the unique features of Hydra is that cosmopolitan and modern way of living goes side by side with an excellent natural environment and a long tradition. The locals and the fans of the island would tell you that Hydra is a paradise for walkers and fans of nature. Moreover, thanks to the mild climate of the island trekking is an activity possible all year round.

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Hydra has ten well preserved and signaled footpaths leading to the remote places of the island. All the routes are very scenic, some of breathtaking beauty and the fans of trekking will certainly enjoy them. All along them the signs made of wood will inform you about the sightseeing of the area and as you walk you will be able to observe the flora and fauna of the island, the variety of which is really impressive. Depending on the season, you will find wild cyclamens, anemones, poppy flowers and a wide range of wild flowers and herbs of any kind, among which the scents of sage to be dominant. You will see high pine and cypress trees, perennial olive trees and a lot of bushes as thyme. You will observe several species of birds, some of them migrant ones which stop for a while on the island before continuing their long journey to the hot areas of Africa: babblers, partridges, quails and turtle doves along with local birds are some of the representatives of the winged kingdom on the island. If there is not too much noise and you are lucky or attentive enough you may also see some of the small animals living on the island: wild rabbits, hares and cats, as well as the local rock goat. And the variety of fauna is completed with several species of serpents, lizards and amphibians. You will also see several summer houses scattered around, with their architecture to respect the environment and make it milder and friendly.

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Departing from the town, it will take from 20 – 30 minutes to arrive to the closer destinations up to 2–3 hours for reaching the most remote ones. The easiest routes are those to the coastal site of Kastraki, or to Mandraki, the old port or even to Kastro, the old fort of the 16th century. An easy but longer route is that to the Holy Monastery of Aghios Nicolaos, or to the Monasteries of Aghia Matrona and Aghia Triada, both at a distance of one hour of walking. From Aghios Nicolaos you may continue up to the Hunta tou Rega, a cape with excellent view to the Myrtoon Sea.

If you are more fit, you may go to Zouvra, situated at the very north of the island; there you will arrive after two or three hours of walking in a pretty arid landscape, via a rather difficult rout, passing from old semi-ruined buildings, small country churches; you will also pass by the foot of mountain Ombori (500 meters high).

There are several other routes, most of them easy enough; if you feel like exploring them, don’t miss to buy the detailed map of the island or ask a local. The alternatives you have is to go to Prophitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah), where you arrive after 45 minutes of walking, to Vlyhos (half an hour of walking), to Episkope (more than an hour far from the town of Hydra), to Nissiza or to Zogeri (both half an hour from Episkope). Finally, there is the pretty difficult route to Aghios Mamas, one hour long and to Klimaki (some half an hour more); although difficult, these are the most fascinating routes and will certainly fascinate you.
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