Sweeten up your Sunday morning with a traditional Greek treat such as galaktoboureko (custard slice) or rice pudding made from local goat’s milk at Flora’s Pastry Shop in Votsi Square. Craving something crunchier? Tsangaris, a few metres from the port, has the island’s crispiest florentines and amygdolata (almond cookies).
Hydra’s beaches aren’t in the same league as, say, Lefkada or Skiathos. But when the urge to laze on a lounger by the shore hits, Hydriots hail a water taxi. For many, Agios Nikolaos, a sheltered cove ringed by shady trees in the south-west, is the stand-out, and active types can also rent a canoe.
Blast your way back around the coastline to compact Vlychos beach, just before Kamini, for a final meal at Marina’s taverna. This Hydra hotspot ticks every box for a magical Sunday lunch by the sea and you can cool off while you wait for your food (order the fried barbounia and octopus and throw in some glistening horta greens).
As you sail away from Hydra, stash your phone and commit to memory the poetic drama of this magnetic island with your own eyes. Your parting glimpse will be of a Tetsis painting come to life.