Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra

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Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra

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gladfly
New Castle, NH970 contributions
Beautiful hike
Jun 2021
Beautiful hike that took us 4 hours, including our l hour lunch at the top and many stops to enjoy the gorgeous views. Bring plenty of water, we did and were happy, lots of exposed sections. Well worth it.
Written 12 June 2021
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Johan F
Västerås, Sweden29 contributions
Nice walk!
Aug 2020 • Couples
A good 2 hours return. Splendid views across to Peleponessos and down on Hydra Town. The monks offer cool water at the entrance. But bring your own aswell. Recommended activity.
Written 11 August 2020
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Denise M
Bayside, NY294 contributions
Great view!
Oct 2019
All the reports regarding this hike are valid. It takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way. This trail becomes more challenging the higher you go. Path more uneven and actually steeper. You need to wear proper hiking shoes, wear a hat, have a liter of water & if you use hiking poles generally than bring them. I wouldn’t hike this in the rain. The views are wonderful, the monastery - spiritual & peaceful. If you choose to go on to the top you can but since I went later in the day I was set with what I did....
Written 9 November 2019
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MySeaBiscuit13
Arroyo Grande, CA324 contributions
Definitely worth the hike
Oct 2019 • Couples
Small monastery at the top of the hill. The hike took us 1 hour 15 minutes to go up, sign says it is 2.2 km and 1,500 foot elevation. It is partly a "paved" stone path, some parts are first and some are rocky with loose rocks. Best to wear hiking shoes. Bring water,although there is some at the top. We went I October and it was not that hot, but it was a pretty hard pull up and water was welcome. Monestery was quaint with some hungry kitties visiting.
Written 20 October 2019
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PS00011
Sedona, AZ213 contributions
Wonderful hike!
May 2019 • Couples
We set off to walk up to the monastery mid day (around 2pm) and I had no idea what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised. Once you're out of the cute town, you'll start going uphill, then most of your walk is all in pine trees. Most of the trail is a beautiful stone path. Even mid day there were many places to stop in the shade because of the wonderful tree cover. Got cooler as we went up, too.

Closer to the top, it turns into a ton of steps. We ended up taking the old path that had wider switchbacks and that was easier mentally and on the knees, than climbing so many stairs at the end. Especially downhill, way easier on the knees.

Amazing view at the top and nice and cool up there. Totally worth the effort.

You do need good shoes for this, however. Took us about an hour up and an hour back, although we do this stuff frequently.
Written 29 May 2019
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Laurin M
Keene, NY8 contributions
Worth It
May 2019 • Couples
The serenity and generosity of these monks and their home is inspiring. The trail is a challenge, so wear hiking shoes for the loose rocks you’ll encounter. Stone benches are spaced at nice intervals near the top, so enjoy your water and .rest up before the last staircase of several hundred stairs.
The gift shop even sells cold beer along with snacks, religious items, honey products and even herbs. Free cold water is offered here also. Inside the beautiful gem of a church is surrounded by a cloister. Climb to the bell tower to gain fantastic views and recover your strength,
Some in our party proceeded to the summit of Mt. Eros gaining a 360 view of the island. They said the fry rocky trail was very tough and did not recommend we proceed.
From Kamini, take the upper road following green spray paint markers to intersect the trail. Quite a shortcut!
Written 27 May 2019
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Andrew A
London, UK138 contributions
A very peaceful place but you have to walk for hours and half plus or get a donkey !!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Very quiet there with I believe just 5 monks one of whom opened the church for me. A very steep walk from Hydra town and if you are still feeling fit carry on to Eros summit.
Written 6 May 2019
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Cooke2012
Pittsboro, North Carolina251 contributions
The thrill of the going
Jul 2018 • Solo
For me the best part of visiting the monastery was the success of arrival. I started out wanting to see something of Hydra beyond the coast. The trail to the monastery was described so I started out to follow and see where I would get. There was also some forest I wanted to see. The walk took me through the upper reaches of Hydra Town, past Good Wells, and on to Eklesia Agios Constantinos. I saw no one at the church but paused to enjoy the view, take some pictures, and hit my water bottle.

I moved on up the hill, finally out of town, and did indeed reach some forest with its welcome shade. Living in a wooded area in eastern North America, I have to note the large trees on this walk may have exceeded twenty feet high. It’s a very dry environment. But the air was fresh and pine scented, and the views down to the town were photo worthy.

With only a few breaks most of the trail has a hard surface. It is uphill all the way with an occasional sign to point the way. Nearing the monastery, steps climb steeply straight up toward the entrance, perhaps 100 meters. Switchbacks off to the side of the steps allow one to climb less steeply and more slowly. In reasonably good shape in my 70th year I found the walk strenuous but not extreme. It seemed that most hikers were taking it faster than I, but I needed only to keep my own pace. And actually I only encountered a total of 10 people making the hike on a July day when Hydra Town was crowded. It probably took me close to two hours.

At the monastery I found the welcome water fountain offering “cold water” in seven languages. A small gift shop offered items like incense and soaps for sale on the honor system. The inside of the church was stunning with its collection of candelabra, censers, paintings, and frescos. Around the compound I saw only one person, a yia yia sweeping.

With my water bottle refilled, I was ready to head down in about half the time it took to go up. I found the walk and visit rewarding, a chance to get off the beaten track in Ydra with stunning views all along the way. I do encourage anyone taking the hike to have water and wear good shoes – although I’ve noted younger folks seem to do quite well in sandals as I did once upon a time. But I don't think I saw sandals on this day.
Written 22 July 2018
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traveller2australia
Australia1,251 contributions
A good walk from Hydra town
Sep 2017 • Couples
We have walked to the monastery a few years ago and decided to do it again. We didn't time the walk as time didn't matter but it is a reasonably easy walk on a well made path until near the entrance to the monastery grounds where the path 'has seen better days. The view from the monastery is amazing and it's not too far from here to Mt Eros (Hydra's highest point).
Written 20 November 2017
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Philip O
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK29 contributions
Hour walk from Hydra town, but leave early
Oct 2017 • Solo
I started walking at 9 and was back in town by 11. It is a nice walk up, a lot of the paths are being done up and are in a good state. The last 100 meters is probably the worst as this is along old steps, or an old crumbled path to your right. The best thing about this walk are the views. Some wonderful views of Hydra town. When I got to the monastery I was slightly underwhelmed as there is not much there. As you go through the first gate, you can fill your bottle up with water and buy teas, creams and honey. Make sure you leave early as the walk will be tougher during the day's heat. From Hydra turn left just before the clocktower, the road next to the creamy yellow building. Then keep following that and follow the black/yellow painted marks, or yellow squares with black edge once you have left town. Not that there are many other roads once you have left town! It does take about an hour, with a few breaks.
Written 17 October 2017
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