10 reasons to visit Hydra island with Kids

May, 29, 2018

Last Updated on December 21, 2020 by Vasilis

Hydra is near Athens 

Hydra is part of the Saronic Islands group located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strip of water. There are 2 ways to get to Hydra: by sea taxi from the mainland (Peloponnese) or from the Piraeus port with the ferry boat. You can choose the small hydrofoil Flying Dolphin boats or the larger and more comfortable, catamaran high speed boats. It takes little over an hour to get there from Piraeus port with the Flying Dolphins ferry boat and 2 hours with the catamaran. My experience is that the staff on the ferry boats is usually very helpful with my luggage and the children. It is easy to manoeuvre the ramp to the boat with a stroller. For more information on how to get there, please check my family guide for Hydra with Kids.

Car free Hydra with Kids

Can you imagine a place where your kids can run around freely without being afraid of the traffic? One of the best things about Hydra is that there are no cars allowed on the island. It is therefore very peaceful and clean. To explore the island or to visit the beaches, you can use a water taxi.

If your children are older, you can opt for the many paths around the island. Make sure you bring a hat and water during your hike in the summer!

Kids love donkeys and cats

All transportation on the island is operated by donkeys or handcarts. Besides donkeys, Hydra has many island cats. Because there is no traffic, the island cats are friendly and happy. You can find them everywhere and kids will love petting them.

Everything on Hydra is nearby

Hotels, restaurants, shops, the water-taxis connecting the beaches, everything in Hydra is centralized in its scenic port. It is easy to hike from village to village and reach several beaches by foot. Whatever you do on hydra, transport times are short.

Much To Do with kids

Walking along the waterfront in the port is a step back in time and a history lesson by itself. The town has been restored and preserved exactly as it appeared in 1800. Besides strolling in the port you can visit the clock tower, the Independence Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Naval Academy. There are also many churches and monasteries to visit. One is the monastery of the Panagia that is located in the port. Older children may enjoy hiking on the many paths in the hills of Hydra. The walk to the Monastery of Profiti Illias will take an hour but the view is worth it.

You can also make a boat ride to nearby islands, go for a hike or go horse back riding.

Boat watching

It’s wonderful to just sit or walk in the port and watch yachts, ships, ferry boats and even large cruise ships with people from all over the world come and go. Hydra with kids gives opportunity to make new friends.

Crystal clear sea 

Most beaches on Hydra are pebbled. This makes the sea extremely clear and clean. The beaches on Hydra with kids are mostly quiet, no noisy beach bars and no mass tourism. The pebble beach of Plakes at the ‘Four Seasons’ hotel is perfect for young children.

Children can play safely on the beach and in the gardens, the food in the taverna is excellent. Other family-friendly beaches are Vlychos beach and the beach at Castello. With a toddler – not with a baby-  it is also very good in Bisti Beach and the Saint Nicolas Bay. This beach is a bit further away and can only be reached by boat or water-taxi.

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Hydra is a big playground

Hydra has about 2000 permanent inhabitants. There is a primary school and there are kids playing outside everywhere. Because the island is car-free, kids are free to run around. Hydra with kids is relaxing because your children will make new friends instantly and do not have to entertain them.

Excellent food in Hydra

Hydra has some very good restaurants and taverna’s with large choices of fresh fish and meat that your kids will love. Hydra with kids is all about real food and you will find many family taverns and good quality restaurant with come cooked food and fresh choices right on the beach.

Kids love sweets

Hydra’s specialty is Amygdalota. These are delicious hunks of scented almond paste formed into the shape of small pears, rolled in powdered sugar and there is a whole clove used for the stem. 

Are you ready to explore Hydra? Here you can find more information and book your ferry boat tickets

For more ideas and inspiration for Stay, Eat and Do in Hydra, check out my family guide Hydra island Greece holiday with kids and my review on Sidra Hotel in Hydra.

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Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.


  1. Reply

    Nick @ WorldwideGreeks.com

    August 11, 2021

    The Greek island of Hydra is a great place to visit, either as a day trip or an extended say. You’ve captured the island really well in this article!

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      August 24, 2021

      Thank you so much for your always positive and kind feedback!!!

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