Founder & Creative Director Anna Paola, shares her island secrets.
What are your favourite things to do when in Hydra?
Not for the faint hearted, but a long hike to the Profitis Ilias Monastery is a must. The view from the monastery’s veranda spectacular: in one shot, you can see the three inhabited bays of the island, the port, the harbour of Kamini, and Vlychos Beach.
I also love visiting the house museums located on the island, many once belonged to ships’ captains and have since been opened up to the public. My favourite is the Lazaros Koundouriotis.
What is your favourite spot for a sunset cocktail?
Papagalos is an amazing place to people watch, sip on sundowners and watch the sail boats return to shore.
What is your favourite restaurant for alfresco dining?
Kodylenia’s Taverna in Kamini is incredible! Petkakis is also an amazing spot, you will find it nestled in between the rocks and it serves up one of my favourite dishes…the feta with red pepper squid! It’s out of this world!
What is one of Hydra’s best-kept secret?
Trying the local amygdalotas! These sweet almond macaroons are unique to the island and originate from the pastry shop called Tsangaris. The recipe originally came from the family’s great grandmother and the recips is still secretly kept by the great-grandson.