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Greece: Athens & Hydra

Explore vibrant Athens and spend a day at the island Hydra (Idra)

by claralcAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeGreece14 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

Vintage shopping in Exarcia!

It's super hot in the city!

Itinerary Overview

In June 2022 I started my travels in Athens (I ended up staying three months in Greece). I like to take things slow so did not choose to visit plenty of destinations in Greece. But the places I discovered were amazing. I travel on a budget so I tend to stay in hostels which is also a great opportunity to find out about places to visit. I've already been to Athens in January and I loved it! The city exceeded everything that I could have imagined. It is modern in terms of cafes and restaurants, yet there are ruins all over the city. It is surrounded by mountains and there are several viewpoints. In total I stayed two weeks in Athens and did two trips during this time. I did a day trip to the island Hydra which is a common destination and close by. In this trip report I want to focus on the city of Athens and Hydra. 

I have documented the second trip in this blog post: https://www.atlasguru.com/itinerary/backpacking-in-greece/d67e42f0-8855-11ed-9cbc-d9fcc242c983/

  • 14 Nights: Athens
    Stunning ruins, vegan food, vintage shopping and raves
  • Day trip: Hydra
    Getaway from the city, experience an island and take a swim in the sea

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    I went to Cookoomela Grill a lot of times! Right next to it is Magic Kitchen (both vegan).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    My favorite thrift stores in Athens were Vintage Love and Yesterday's Bread Second Hand.

  • Packing tips?

    Sunscreen, hat and swimsuit!

  • Transportation Tips?

    In Athens you can get around by metro. In order to get to Hydra you take a ferry. You can purchase the ticket online in advance. I recommend doing it at least one day in advance. Seats are limited.

  • Any surprises?

    Athens itself is a big surprise!

  • Booking details?

    Check Hostelworld and booking.com for the best price!


  • Most of the time I stayed at When in Athens (WIA) Hostel which was pretty much brand new when I visited. I loved the comfort and the cleanliness of the hostel. The staff is super friendly, I asked them a lot of questions and they were always happy to help.