Hydra may not be the most active destination at night but during the day there are plenty of excellent hikes to the less traveled southern coast. Stone beaches are scattered along the shore, most notably a beach beside a local tavern in the heart of Mandraki Bay; a twenty minute walk from the town center. It does not take long to learn the town’s layout, however. Take a hike on the stunning coastal path and you will find yourself easily filling a week of day drinking and enjoying the sheltered mediterranean waters.
Understanding how to eat great food on a budget on Hydra takes a few days. I’ll provide a few tips here to get you started. Firstly, unless you are planning on eating rice and beans for most meals I would avoid grocery stores. Generally, they are overpriced (i.e. the price of pasta and sauce rivals the cost of a pork or vegetable souvlaki at a restaurant). Until you discover the mind boggling souvlaki section on most menus, it will be hard for you to spend less than 10 euros on dinner. However, a grilled pita with fresh meat, vegetables and tsatsiki sauce will fill you up and taste amazing for a mere 2 euros. Additionally, wine is a great call on Hydra. Most restaurants have a house wine that is good and under 7 euros for a litre. If you are looking for a relaxing destination to explore with low levels of tourism and affordable living costs I highly recommend this local mediterranean gem.
-Accommodation: Perakis Apartments
-Food: Taverna Gitoniko (Make sure to meet Christina) and any souvlaki joint.
-Beaches: Follow coastal path east for 10 minutes. You will see a small cove before Mandraki Bay. At the heart of the cove you will see a lamp post. Find the hidden staircase and follow it until you reach a shale beach. Very private with amazing views and a chance to see some good looking fish.
-Drinks: At grocery store on Tompazi road they sell a local red wine that is very good and only 3 euros! Go to Taverna Gitoniko for white wine.
-Donkey rides: Not worth 5 euros.