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“You Need to be in shape for this”
Review of Mount Eros Hydra

Reviewed 27 May 2014

Chose a day with clouds and take water. The views are great once you get there, as long as you can still breath.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Before i take you up the fractured rocks and boulder- strewn path,up,up,from the monastery at its base, let me tll you about Hydra. Beautiful hydra is at first sight all one could hope for in Greek villages.a string of donkeys,some hopeful cats,the island's only motor vehicle waiting at the water's edge of a perfectly curved inner harbour . Yep, its like a leaf out of Somerset Maughne's turf.

Grand houses built by 19th century shipping fortunes line the harbour,along which on a summer's week-end eves,one of the most fashionable voltas'( Evening stroll) in Greece unfolds,while behind it all a wonderfully stark and towering amphitheatrical rock-scape,speckled- white with chapels, fulfils all one's hopes and expectations as to how a 'proper'
Greek island should look. But reality and the impost of earnest travellers like you and i have added to the groaning weight of tourists ,and particularly day-trippers,that Hydra today is lumbered with.

Tourism is the only business in town,and without the vulgarities of cars,the film-set-harbour remains beautiful and busy. By night strolling by the tavernas which trail reflections in the water,the boats bob in an almost surreal fashion,.... life is good But enough fun,lets resume our climb. A reasonable fitness is required, without which,a lot of sore ligaments thigh strains plus calf-groans are assured. Wear hiking boots,because its a rough and slippery surface, Water must be your constant companion. Am i sounding like your Mother?

The effort is rewarded amply when you crest Mt. Eros,because not only is there a spectacle worthy of Homer(not Simpson) but you probably have shed half a kilo in weight. Go the climbs,i say.

4  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

My profile picture is taken at the top of Mount Eros, the highest peak on the island of Hydra.
It is a VERY steep hike to the top from the port. It is well marked until you pass the monastery, at which point it is important to pay attention to the stones spray-painted with red.
You need to be in decent shape to make this hike - In total it took us about 4.5 hours to hike up and back down. Make sure you bring food and water, and don't go on a day that is too hot.
Once you make it to the top, you realize that you may never see anything as beautiful again - the view is absolutely breathtaking.
For anyone visiting Hydra and likes to hike, I recommend Mount Eros.

3  Thank Jen J
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Mt Eros is a hard slog from the Profitis Ilias Monastery - about 30 minutes in total one way, the last 20 of which is clambering over fractured rocks and boulders. The track starts at the right front corner of the monastery fence, and when you come to the rocky part there are red marks on the rocks to mark out the route, plus the odd stone cairn as well, where the red marks are lacking. The view is great and worth the effort. Take lots of water!! Up the stairs to the monastery and just inside the main door there is a supply of drinking water so top up your water bottles if you need to. I walked up from Hydra to Profitis Ilias Monastery and then continued on to Mt Eros - I did this in August during the hot part of the day (stupid Kiwi !) - in total over about 3hr 30 min return trip to Hydra and I drank 2.2 litres of water. Better to do this walk with a 7am start say from Hydra or Kamini and get back down before heat of the day. Good fitness level required as combined with the walk to the monastery it is a real grind.

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