Hydra (Photo:leoks/Shutterstock)
Hydra (Photo:leoks/Shutterstock)
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Maria Harding
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Hydra

Only 90 minutes away from Athens by hydrofoil, Hydra is one of the closest islands to mainland Greece, making it a favorite beach getaway among the Greeks. The buildings here are white stucco, with red Mediterranean-style roofs, and cluster around a perfect horseshoe-shaped harbor.

Only smaller cruise ships from companies such as Azamara, Windstar and Sea Dream stop in Hydra. The island provides a welcome beach break from tours of ruins in this area of the world, although bring your water shoes when you go, as the shores here are pebbly.

Shore Excursions

About Hydra


Hydra is a top-notch destination for beach-lovers


Cruisers seeking a rollicking nightlife or an array of activities might be bored on quiet Hydra

Bottom Line

Not far from the mainland, this tiny island offers beautiful beaches and a charming village

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the euro. Bank machines are located along the seaside promenade.


Greek, but almost everyone speaks English.