I only ended up visiting Hydra Island because I was spending a day photographing a Saronic Gulf cruise.
Given how touristy and accessible some of these Saronic Islands are, I didn’t initially have very high expectations. I’d just spent 3 weeks hiking in Crete, after all. What sort of inspiration could these little touristy islands provide?!
To my surprise, then, Hydra was a great little place. Steep staircases wound up to hilltop perches and down to donkey-cart laden alleyways. Perhaps the harbor itself was a bit busy, but just a few streets away the crowds thinned out and the town felt undiscovered. I’m shocked to say it, but I would actually go back and spend a few days in Hydra!
I visited Hydra Island as part of a trip I was photographing for GetYourGuide. It may be possible to organize a trip through the Saronic Islands on your own, but I really don’t know. For an idea of what I did, though, check out this GYG Athens Saronic Islands Cruise.