Greece is a country which combines mountains and beaches.
Hiking lovers can go mountain climbing to:
Olympos is the highest Greek mountain, the residence of the
twelve ancient gods.
It was the first area which was declared as a National Park. The
aim was the preservation of the natural environment; of the flora,
fauna and natural landscapes.
Konitsa is carved into a hillside, north of Ioannina. Along the
trails that flow from Konitsa only the crunch of hiking boots
interrupts birdsong and rushing water.
Hunters can also use Konitsa as a sort of cowboy depot.
Megalo and Mikro Papingo- respectively, the large and the small-
are two villages tucked into the Vikos- Aoos National Park at a
dizzying altitude of 960m.
The most distinctive element of Papingos setting are the looming
rock formations known locally as the Towers. The tallest is 1788m
Its the worlds deepest canyon.
Kit yourself out with sturdy hiking boots and drinking water and
The Samaria gorge is the longest one in Europe. It is an area of
stunning natural beauty. Rare flora and fauna have survived in this
area and are protected. The mountains that have formed it are wild,
high and steep. The path starts from Xyloskalo (near Omalos) in the
White Mountains at an altitude of 1230 meters and comes to an end
at the village of Agia Roumeli at the Libyan sea.
Walking through the gorge usually takes anything from 3 to 5
hours (excluding the breaks).
For the lovers of snow and skiing one can visit:
A snow resort
After a long ski day, you can relax at a chalet. Its large
windows give breathtaking views of the surrounded
You can chose to spend the night at a luxury suite, or in the
homy atmosphere of a beautifully restored guest house at the old
village of Agios Athanassios (also known as the Stone
A snow resort
The town of Arachova is built on the slopes of Parnassus
mountain at an altitude of 950m. Due to the three ski centers of
the mountain that are nearby, Arachova is the most popular
destination in Greece.
Petrified trunks, scattered over an area of 150 square
kilometres, mark the geological history of the Aegean Sea over 20
million years ago. Volcanic eruptions covered the whole area where
the Petrified Forest now lies.
Diros Cave (Peloponnese)
Diros cave is a unique experience travelling a subterranean
river length 1,600m. The stalactites and stalagmites make a unique
spectacle. After the ongoing research at the cave to date, the
total length reaches 6.500 m and the final length is still
Dadia Forest (Evros)
It is set in the Evros Valley and overshadowed by the Evros
Mountains, this is another scenically splendid area of Greece and
mostly visited by those with an interest in its wide range of
wildlife. It's especially noted for the fact that 36 of Europe's 38
species of predatory birds can be found here.
Meteora is the biggest and most important group of Greek
monasteries after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first
traces of their history from 11th c when the first hermits settled
there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a
unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the
most important stations of the cultural map of Greece.
Elafonissos and the opposite island of Elafonisi / Elafonissi
make the second largest beach in the west of Crete and are
advertised almost everywhere (likewise for Vai beach) as "the most
beautiful beach of Crete" and "it looks like a tropical beach".
Lefkada (Ionian Sea)
It is considered as the Caribbean of Greece, The beaches have an
exotic blue colour. It is connected to the mainland through a small
bridge, Lefkada can actually be accessed by car.
The mastic island
Chios is famous for its mastic trees. It is the only place in
the world where mastic grows. There are 24 mastic villages. Mastic
is a natural aromatic resin in teadrop shape. It is used in
cosmetic skin care methods and has anti-cancer properties.