Hiking in mountain paths, forest roads and more.
Discover virgin paths with dense vegetation and forgotten villages, monasteries, museums and a view that will compensate even the most demanding hiker.
A unique activity that leads to new destinations, gives health and guarantees images of magical beauty that every participant will remember in memory or in camera.
This activity is available all year long and it’s duration is a few hours.
To be able to participate in a basic hiking you need mental and physical health. You must have with you hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, a cap, sunglasses, a backpack and water along with light foods (sandwitch, chocolates, etc.).
With the arrival to the predetermined place of meeting, and after you meet the group, the hiking starts.
During the hiking you will be making a lot of stops to enjoy the view, take photographs, rest or have a mini picnic.
Throughout the hiking you will be receiving information from the guide about the history and civilization of the island.
Our goal is to enjoy the island, meet and love our institution and love nature.
“In all things in nature there is something remarkable.”
– Aristocle, 384 – 322 b.c, Ancient Greek Philosopher
The absolute best way to enjoy the long Zourva Monastery hike is to spend about 25 Euros and hire a water taxi to take you to the white flights of steps that lead up the cliff. Then hike back. There are reasons. 1. This is a long hike with little shade and an upward slope. You might turn back before you reach the best. 2. Signs leading to the Zourva Monastery are ambiguous and directions are complicated. The route back is easy to follow. 3. Best views are from Zourvas toward Hydra town. 4. At Zourvas, you can add an hour’s detour to the lighthouse on goat paths, or turn toward town on the well-maintained donkey trail.
Whatever you choose, the trail is delightfully varied in terrain, vistas, and vegetation. Bring lots of water and a nice lunch.
Assuming you start from Zourvas, while catching your breath at the top of the stone steps, look around for wild sage and wild gladioli (in spring). Take a peek through the monastery gates, then head back towards town. It’s straight on ’til morning. Seriously, this is a long hike. Pass a goat farm (at a distance-beware of dogs). Hours down the trail, (remember, this is a long hike!) rest at the lovely tiny white chapel of Profitouiliou, well-marked by a votive church planted in the footpath.
The Monastery (convent) of Agios Nicholaos marks the approach to civilization and a choice of route. One road down turns right, down to the smoking dump, the 4-star Hotel Miramare, and the abattoir. Not my personal choice, although the Miramare does serve a decent lunch, as does the nearby taverna.
Another road goes left, to the windward side, a full day’s hike in itself, eventually leading to the steep zig-zag trail up to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias.
The best route is straight ahead on a fairly wide road that leads between the visible monasteries of Sts. Matronis (left) and Triada (right). After you pass the Triada Monastery, a narrow trail angles up to the left. Take this left trail up to the round stone tower you can see ahead on the bluff. From there it drops down a lovely pleasant valley with charming views of the town. You will finish at the main cemetery at the top of the town. Continue to the harbor on the wide main street or circle the cemetery and take the street from the cemetery to the harbor.
However, if you’re ready for a precipitous drop down the cliff that overlooks the town, with spectacular views of the town, the farther islands, the mainland, and straight down into expensive walled villas, continue straight ahead along the road. When you reach a stone wall at the bluff, veer right along the path, keeping the stone wall on your left. A cold beverage awaits you at the port in half an hour.