Hydra - Zourva - Lighthouse of Zourvas
The second long route crosses the eastern part of the island, reaching the coast of Hydra where the lighthouse of Zourva. The route goes up to the mills and continues on a dirt road to the Monastery of Ag. Nicholas.
On the way, the monasteries of Ag. Matrona and Ag. Trinity. From the Monastery of Ag. Nicholas and beyond all the way moves on a clear path. On the way, the hiker meets the Zourva Monastery in a narrow, rugged landscape where the power of the stone prevails, despite all the cedar and oak trees that meet the path.
After the Zourva Monastery, it is worthwhile to continue until the lighthouse of Zourva after passing through the chapel of Ag. Ioannikou, which hangs over the cliffs while the sea is 100 m lower in a dazzling landscape. The end of the route is marked by Zurva's stone lighthouse automated today with single visitors the few wild boars roamed in the area.
If your strength is limited you can only go to the Zourva Monastery and return by boat through Ledeza harbor to Chora (9.6 km - 3 hours 40 '). The return by taxi from Ledeza bay is interesting as the traveler enjoys the view of the strict northern coastal beaches of the island. The route is very well marked.
On the way to the lighthouse and 500 m before it is the desert of Ag. Ioanniki hidden in the vertical rocks that end up in the sea. The site is also called the ascetic as it served as a place for the isolation of godly monks. Tradition says that the ship was built by a boatman who risked the rocks under the chapel on the day of the saint's feast - November 4th - and who made a vow to build the temple.
The end of the route is in the stone-built lighthouse of Zurva built in 1883. The height of its tower is 10 m. The lighthouse was destroyed by the Germans in the Second World War and rebuilt after the war in 1946, where it worked as a man. Since 1989 it has been automatic. The lighthouse of Zourva along with Dokos and Spetses control the navigation of the area.
The long length of the route does not allow you to return on foot. The best solution is return by sea taxi, which you should have pre-arranged. Boats (water taxis) when the weather is good is caught in the rocks beneath the lighthouse but the most certain option is to return to the cove of Ledeza under the monastery where there is no problem of mooring and boarding. On the route there is no water or food supplies that you should have with you. The cellphone '' takes '' most of the route except for the Moni area located on the small enclosed plateau.