From Vlychos via Palamidas and the Chapel of St. Marina to Christ Chapel (East Episkopi) and the House of Pavlos (West Episkopi)
Total time: 2 ½ hours
Episkopi is one of the oldest settlements on Hydra, once the denizen of
pirates. It is situated on a high plateau above a pine forest. The
landscape offers a surprising contrast to the rocky, barren hills so characteristic
of Hydra. Episkopi is punctuated by fields of grain, pine and olive trees and
reveals a breathtaking view down to the Myrtoon Pelagos.
The houses of Episkopi are inhabited eat ploughing and at
harvest time and for brief retreats by hunters and those seeking its special serenity.
The name "Episkopi" comes from the Arvanitikan "piskop", which means
"staff". This may well derive from the idea that it is useful to have a staff
during your walk up to Episkopi, which will take you along the northern
shore of Hydra and up through a pine forest. It is an easy and pleasant ascent;
there is only one rather steep stretch which provides a significant
View from the "coastal path" past Upper Kamini towards north-west