I know it’s been a bit of a break between my previous Greece post (Summer Sailing in Spetses) but I’m back and this time I’m sharing the fourth stop on our incredible sailing holiday – the island of Hydra.
Hydra was by far the most grand and photogenic of all the islands we visited during our time in Greece with a population of 2000. Know for it’s small marble-cobbled lanes and beautifully preserved stone architecture the island allows no scooters or vehicles of any sorts (except for two small fire trucks and a miniature rubbish truck) but rather you will find donkeys roaming these narrow winding paths.
The island remains endearingly time-warped as a listed architectural reserve, all new construction is banned. Over the years Hydra’s beauty has attracted all sorts of celebrities, from Leonard Cohen to Sophia Loren.
Once we docked our yacht it was a scorching (42 degrees) 30min walk into town but absolutely breathtaking. Blue waters, ancient stone walls with wild olive trees growing amongst them, white abodes with bells outside and the sound of cicada’s (Christmas Beetles) filled the air.
We spent the afternoon exploring this incredible town, hiking it’s hills, stopping to grab a beer here and there and eating all the ice-cream stuffed baklava we could get our hands on. (Best summer treat ever!) Hydra is know for one of the best destinations in the world to watch the sunset. So, of course, as the sun began to set we headed back down to the sea to enjoy the magical treat of colours the sky held in store for us.
For dinner we went back to the same restaurant we stopped at for lunch. A cute family run (as it usually is in Greece) restaurant off the main streets with the sweetest service and attention to our hungry stomachs. We stuffed ourselves with Greek tapas and spent hours drinking ouzo and Retsina till eventually we paid our bill and were gifted with bottles of extra ouzo, Retsina and a big bag of ice to take back to our yacht… free of charge! You see why I love the Greeks? I wish I could remember the name of this restaurant to share this magical spot with you, but alas, my memory fails me.
We caught a water taxi (last photo of this post) back to our yacht where we spent the rest of our evening drinking our gifts, sharing our favourite memories and laughing into the early hours of the morning. What a magical island Hydra turned out to be.
… till next time…
tee – OAK NYC
shorts – H&M
sandals – Jane Sews
hat – Mango
basket – Bohemia Design
sunglasses – Persol
belt – Witchery
necklace – Country Road
bangle – Country Road
*All photos taken by myself and Justin Polkey.