Greece

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Mikonos - by Henk

Greece is a famous beach destination, and many island hoppers like to go for a walk now and again. Most islands are quite suitable for hiking, and locally guides and maps are available giving good descriptions of trails. But the crowded summer season is hot and dry. April is a much better month for hiking, with all flowers in full bloom, and also May, although it will start to get busier. June is more quiet but very hot. The busy season then lasts until winter. Although common in the past, your chances of actually following in the footsteps of mules carrying their loads in the traditional manner are dim.

But there is more. If you've had enough of the island's oregano, you can head for the mainland Pindos Mountains in the province of Epirus, on the border with Albania. European long distance trail E6, running from west to east, leads right across the Pindos. In the wide expanse of forests and pastures you may cross tracks with a bear (see the picture of a bear track which caused the author to freeze with fear), or if not, then at least with one or two herdsmen smelling of the inevitable ewe's cheese. Smolikos is the highest peak, reaching up to 2637m. Walking season in the mountains is from May, when the mountain tops are still covered in snow, until mid October. Greek mountain ranges have been made increasingly accessible over the years thanks to over 100 mountain huts.

Make an effort, and find out Greece has almost twenty national trails, maintained by regional mountaineering clubs. European long distance trail E4 enters Northern Greece from Bulgaria, and runs south via Mount Olympus (2918m), highest mountain of Greece and pleasant abode of Zeus. If you plan to spend the night there yourself in July or August, make sure to reserve in advance. The trail then leads across the Peleponessos, leaving it in the south, and continues on the island of Crete. Crete of course is famous for its Samaria gorge, the longest in Europe. It is impossible to lose your way here, simply join the crowd.

The Internet is not yet a very good source of information on Greek hiking, but maps and guides are easy to find. More information can be obtained through the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing.

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Trails

Regions

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2006
  • The Mountains of Greece
  • This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for 41 challenging day walks in the mountains of Greece, namely the Pindhos Range, Athens and the east coast and the Peloponnese areas. The walks can be combined to make long distance treks but they demand a high degree of commitment and physical ability due to their remoteness and difficult terrain. Read more
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United Kingdom
2006
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Germany
2006
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Netherlands
2006
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Kythnos Hiking Guide
  • Kythnos Hiking Guide by Terrain Editions, includes eleven walks into history, nature and the most interesting sights of Kythnos, one of the beautiful Cyclades islands in the Aegean sea. Explore Kythnos on foot, a small island boasting ninety sheltered bays, sixty exceptional sandy beaches, famous hot springs and a spa centre by the sea, nine... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Kythnos hiking guide | Terrainmaps |
  • This guidebook for hiking trails on the Greek island of Kythnos in the Aegean, is a result of work undertaken by local Surveyor Eng. Katerina Filippa, and Nigel Tutt, an British journalist and businessman who spends a lot of his time on Kythnos, restoring two old mansion houses in the village of Dryopida and turning them into a 10-room luxury... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Southern Peloponnese Car Tours and Walks
  • Southern Peloponnese in the Landscape series by Sunflower Books details car tours and walks in one of the most varied landscaped regions, from its highest mountain range Mt Taygetus, its largest forest Mt Parnon, its wildest seascapes, Capes Tainaron and Maleas, and some of its loveliest beaches Pylos, Kiparissi and Elafonisos to its finest... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids southern Peloponnese - Peloponnessos | Sunflower |
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! Engelstalig There are hidden landscapes throughout mainland Greece, but the region which packs the most variety into the smallest space is the Peloponnese.... Read more
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mt Elikon
  • Mt Elikon in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g. forests, orchards,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Taygetos: Xirokambi
  • Taygetos: Xirokambi area in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g.... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2009
  • Mountains of Evritania
  • Mountains of Evritania in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g.... Read more
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Netherlands
2009
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chalki
  • The island of Chalki at 1:20,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from Anavasi, with highlighting five recommended hiking routes and other useful tips, plus an enlargement showing in greater detail the Chorio archaeological site.On one side is a map of Chalki with contours at 20m intervals and hill shading to... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 10.33 Chalki | Anavasi |
  • wandelkaart schaal 1:20.000 met hoogtelijnen, wandelpaden, toeristische informatie en UTM grid, de kaart is geschikt voor gebruik met GPS. A tiny island though very rich in monuments and ancient remains. More than 50 byzantine chappels, dozens of rock carved cisterns and old agricultural settlements and a well-preserved medieval caslte with a... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Astypalaea (Astypalaia)
  • Astypalaea (Astypalaia, Astypalia) at 1:25,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible hiking map published by Terrain Cartography group together with Skai Maps, and printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant Polyart plastic paper, with extensive tourist information.Topography is very well presented by contours, enhanced by spot heights, subtle... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 330 Astypalaea | Terrain Maps |
  • Gedetailleerde wegenkaart en wandelkaart met alle kleine wegen, wandelpaden, hoogtelijnen en toeristische informatie aangegeven. Alle tekst is tweetalig in Engels en Grieks en de waterproof kaart is geschikt voor gebruik met GPS. This is a great map because: It is the first GIS map of the island, meaning that this is the first time Astypalaea... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pindos: Gramos - Smolikas - Voio - Vasilitsa
  • Pindos: Gramos - Smolikas - Voio - Vasilitsa area in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mani: Tenaro
  • Mani: Tenaro area in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g. forests,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Alonissos
  • Aloniossos at 1:25,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible hiking map published by Terrain Cartography group and printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant Polyart plastic paper, with extensive tourist information.Topography is very well presented by contours, enhanced by spot heights, subtle relief shading and additional altitude colouring.... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelkaart 321 Alonissos | Terrain Maps |
  • Gedetailleerde wegenkaart en wandelkaart met alle kleine wegen, wandelpaden, hoogtelijnen en toeristische informatie aangegeven. Alle tekst is tweetalig in Engels en Grieks en de waterproof kaart is geschikt voor gebruik met GPS. De uitgever: THIS IS THE BEST MAP OF ALONNISOS BECAUSE: • It is the only GIS map of Alonnisos made with data... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chios
  • Chios at 1:50,000 on a large GPS compatible map from Freytag & Berndt with brief descriptions of places of interest highlighted on the map, plus a street plan of Chios town. Coverage includes the nearby islands of Inousses and Passas.Topography of the island is shown by bold relief shading, enhanced by contours at 40m intervals. All place names... Read more
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  • Wegenkaart - wandelkaart Chios - Hios | Freytag und Berndt |
  • Freytag & Berndt kaarten op schaal 1:50.000 (of kleiner) zijn zeer overzichtelijk, wandelpaden werden erop ingekleurd, ze bevatten voldoende details om een wandeltocht in te schatten en worden meestal geleverd met een wandelgids waarin beknopte gegevens van wandelingen naar almen en hutten terug te vinden is alsook heel wat nuttige toeristische... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nisyros
  • Nisyros and the nearby island of Ghyali at 1:20,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible hiking map published by Terrain Cartography group together with Skai Maps, and printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant Polyart plastic paper, with extensive tourist information.Topography is very well presented by contours, enhanced by spot heights,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 339 Nisyros | Terrain Maps |
  • Gedetailleerde wegenkaart en wandelkaart met alle kleine wegen, wandelpaden, hoogtelijnen en toeristische informatie aangegeven. Alle tekst is tweetalig in Engels en Grieks en de waterproof kaart is geschikt voor gebruik met GPS. This is a great map because: For starters, it’s the only map of Nisyros! This is the first time Nisyros is mapped... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pelion Southern
  • The southern part of Pelion at 1:50,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from Anavasi, showing local paths including 18 recommended hiking trails, plus an enlargement of the Trikeri Island. The area is presented on two different maps. On one side is a topographic map with contours at 20m intervals... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mt Erymanthos
  • Mt Erymanthos in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g. forests,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Pelion Central
  • The central part of Pelion at 1:25,000 in an expanding series of maps from the Terrain Editions with information for hiking, biking, rock climbing, canyoning and trail running, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map covers an area extending from Volos to the other coastline, from Zaghora on the north- east to... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelkaart 218 Central Pelion | Terrain Maps |
  • Central Pelion De 'Terrain Maps' zijn gedetailleerde wegenkaarten en wandelkaarten met alle kleine wegen, wandelpaden, hoogtelijnen en toeristische informatie aangegeven. Alle tekst is tweetalig in het Engels en het Grieks. De kaart is waterproof en geschikt voor het gebruik met een GPS. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lefkada
  • Lefkada / Lefkas in the Ionian Islands on light, a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Anavasi, with on the reverse a street plan of the Lefkada Town, recommendations for hiking trails, general notes about the island, etc. Coverage includes the near-by island of Meganisi and part of the adjoining... Read more
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Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - wandelkaart 9.1 Lefkada - Lefkas | Anavasi |
  • goede gedetailleerde kaart van Lefkada, met wandelpaden en gps grid. The fourth in the group of seven large islands of the Ionian Archipelago, Lefkada has lovely beaches and a wealth of natural and cultural attractions in its hinterland. A detailed record of the road network, the footpaths and accurate representation of the land features make... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tilos
  • Tilos at 1:20,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible hiking map published by Terrain Cartography group together with Skai Maps, and printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant Polyart plastic paper, with extensive tourist information.Topography is very well presented by contours, enhanced by spot heights, subtle relief shading and additional... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 340 Tilos | Terrain Maps |
  • Gedetailleerde wegenkaart en wandelkaart met alle kleine wegen, wandelpaden, hoogtelijnen en toeristische informatie aangegeven. Alle tekst is tweetalig in Engels en Grieks en de waterproof kaart is geschikt voor gebruik met GPS. This is a great map because: For starters, it’s the only map of Tilos! This is the first time Tilos is mapped using... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Secrets of the Pelion Peninsula
  • A self-guided walking touron the Pelion Peninsula. Explore the walking paradise of the Pelion Peninsula in mainland Greece, named the “Land of the Centaurs”, due to its associations with Greek mythology. Walk from village to village on old mule paths through a lush green mountainous interior and on trails overlooking the glittering Aegean Sea.... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Island Hopping: Naxos & Santorini Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self-guided walking tour in Naxos and Santorini. Island hop between two of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Naxos and Santorini in one trip. You will discover the best of these absolute gems on foot. The Cyclades is a group of around 220 islands scattered in the Aegean Sea to the South East of the Greek mainland. Rugged sun kissed pieces... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self guided walking holiday on Corfu and Paxos. Enjoy an island hopping adventure in the Ionian Sea. Walk the quiet trails of rural Corfu, explore the tranquil island idyll of Paxos and wander the narrow streets of Corfu town. Walking on the Greek Islands of Corfu and Paxos means walking in a symphony of green and blue. As you walk on... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Crete Coast to Coast
  • A self guided walking tour in Crete. Discover a diversity of unspoilt landscapes on the Greek island of Crete. Explore secluded and pristine beaches, the Lefka Ori or White Mountains, the fertile and green Apokonoras plain and the impressive Sfakia and Aradhena gorges. During the walks on this self-guided tour from the north to the south... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Grieks Macedonië
  • Alle hoogtepunten van Noord Griekenland zijn verenigd in één reis. Een greep: de Prespameren, de Vikoskloof, de Meteora-kloosters en natuurlijk de godenberg Olympos. U heeft optimale vrijheid door gebruik van een (huur)auto en geniet wandelend van de bijzondere sfeer. U overnacht in archontika, authentieke herenhuizen. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Pilion & Skopelos
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Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Mountains/Villages of Evia
  • The delightful island of Evia is a real hidden treasure, with old stone paths connecting quaint villages tucked away on the slopes of the mountains. This walkersâ paradise is little known outside of Greece and offers unique history and culture, an authentic atmosphere and the hospitality of the local towns and villages. We enjoy five daywalks... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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  • F Plowden 2014-12-21 18:27:51
  • E6 in Greece
  • I am hoping to walk across Greece from Igoumenitsa to Istanbul using the E6. Can anyone give me any information (a) about the state of the E6 (b) whether there is any map(s) which marks the whole route (c) whether they have done this walk and any problems encountered?.

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    Francis
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