Escape from the hustle and bustle of Athens to the beautiful nearby island of Hydra. This traffic free island has a laid back atmosphere, and is a perfect family-friendly destination. The main port town has many fine 18th century buildings, fishing vessels bob in the harbour, and donkeys wait to lead people through the alley ways.
Family Day trip to Hydra
The tour begins at Piraeus, the port of Athens. Here, you will board the hydro-foil for a quick trip across the Saronic Gulf, and on to the harbour on Hydra. Your hosts will be waiting for you here, and they have a fun day ahead planned for you, starting with a donkey ride through the streets of the town!
As Hydra is traffic-free, a donkey is the traditional form of transport in the town. In fact, it is still possible to see people moving house with their goods transported on the back of donkeys! Your ride will take you through the different neighbourhoods, before ending back at the harbour for the next part of the day.
Hydra Water Taxi to a Beach
After you have said goodbye to the donkeys, it’s time to board one of the iconic water-taxis, and go off in search of beaches! Your destination will be Plakes Beach, which is ideally suited to families with its sun umbrellas and loungers. During the next three hours, you can play in the clear warm waters of the sea, relax on the beach, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a sea-front taverna which specialises in traditional Greek food.
Back to Hydra Town
After lunch, you will return to Hydra Town on a water-taxi, where you can spend more time exploring the side-street and alleyways. Your hosts will point out historic residences and other buildings of importance, along with artist’s workshops and boutique shops.
The sightseeing trip around the town finishes in a pastry shop which is famous for their delicious sweets. The kids will love tasting ‘amygdalota’, and don’t forget the homemade ice-cream! It’s the perfect end to a relaxing and fun day on the Greek island of Hydra, and all that remains is to board the hydro-foil and return once more to Athens.
More Day Trips from Athens
For more family day trips from Athens, our popular mythological tours of Delphi and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion are worth considering. Use our ‘design your own trip‘ page or contact one of the Kids Love Greece team through the online chat box to start planning your Greek vacation today!
Families should know
Guided to the best places on the island by friendly hosts
Beach day and sightseeing combined
Kids will love
The donkey rides
Playing on the beach
Tasty sweets and ice cream!
Parents will love
Experiencing a unique, traffic-free island
A relaxing beach day
Learning more of life on Hydra from friendly hosts
Best season to visit
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