The different landscapes of Greece make walking and hiking an enjoyable and refreshing sport. In fact, the past years many trekking clubs have opened all over the country and have set paths for hiking.
Walking in Greece is particularly popular in the mainland, where landscapes vary more and things are more organized. Zagoria, Meteora and Central Peloponnese are the most popular places, while clubs usually organize hiking with other activities, such as archery or rafting.
The difficulty of the walking paths in Greece differs depending on the landscape of each region and its weather. Usually, these hiking paths cross gorges, lakes, valleys, mountainsides and include visits to monasteries or archaeological sites. They are part of agrotourism, the new kind of tourism that is developed the last years.
For successful walking in greece, you are advised to always have a good map of the area with you and a guide, if you don't know the route well. Remember that cells usually do not work in the mountains and weather may change quickly, especially in winter. Special equipment is not required for hiking, except for an athletic outfit and trainers.
Walking tours in Greece and the Greek islands
Naxos Hiking is run by Stella, who lives permanently in Naxos and offers hiking tours in popular and less popular locations on the island. These tours pass through old villages, ancient monuments and secluded beaches to give visitors a true insight of local nature and culture.
Strata Tours offers walking and activity holidays in western Crete. The team has designed special walking trails in the region that go through traditional villages, beautiful nature and monuments.
Island Walks organizes walking tours in Ithaca Greece since 2004. In small groups of 10 people max, Ester van Zuylen, who lives permanently on the island, gives people the chance to see Ithaca from the inside.
Pelion Experience is run by Mark Taplin, an Englishman who has been walking Mount Pelion for more than 10 years. Walking holidays in Pelion range from 2 to 9 days.