Mandraki Bay is about 2 kilometers east of Hydra Harbor. In the past, Mandraki served as Hydra’s primary naval port. Historically, it served as the island’s shipyard, where merchant boats were built and commissioned. During the Greek War of independence, Hydra’s battleships and war vessels were built and launched from here as well.
The town’s taverna, Mandraki 1800, is a really lovely spot overlooking the water, serving traditional taverna fare. It doubles as the neighborhood’s only shop for basic provisions. It also has some chairs down on the beach below for customers. The Mira Mare beach recently reopened under new management and provides beach loungers and umbrellas, as well as a restaurant.
The paved road to Mandraki, used by the island’s few trucks to carry garbage to the dump in the hills beyond the bay, weaves through a settlement of scattered homes and chapels built into the hillside. Views of the gulf are astonishing. The road remains paved until you reach the end of the settlement, by Mira Mare resort, then turns to dirt as you head up hill. Follow the zigzagging road past the dump to reach Agios Nikolaus, Limnioniza, Agia Triada, and Agia Matrona, and then to head back down to Kala Pigadia at the back of Hydra Town.
Put-puts leave periodically for Mandraki from under the clock tower in Hydra Harbor. You can always opt for a water taxi as well, which you will find at the taxi rank outside Alpha Bank in the port.