Greece

Description

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2006
  • Greece Mountain Walks
  • The Mountains of Greece is Tim Salmon’s Cicerone guide to walking in some of Europe’s most demanding peaks, with contributions from Michael Cullen. The guide describes a traverse of the Pindhos range and walks in regions including Athens and the east coast, the Peleponnese and the Mani. Most of Greece’s mountains are undeveloped and remote, yet... Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
2006
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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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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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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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Maps

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mani: Tenaro 25K Anavasi Map No. 8.43
  • 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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Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lefkada 40K Anavasi Map
  • 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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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
  • Northern Agrafa - Plastira Lake 50K Anavasi Map No. 4.1
  • Northern Agrafa - Plastira Lake area at 1:50,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible contoured map from Anavasi, including on the reverse English descriptions of nine recommended hiking trails highlighted on the map. Coverage starts west of the peaks of Karavoula (on the northern edge of the map), Karava and Delidimi, and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Athens
  • Laminated and waterproof tourist map for visitors to Athens from Borch, combining a plan of the central part of the city with a map of its environs showing road and rail connections to the airport and to the port in Piraeus, a road map of Attica and north-eastern Peloponnese, and plans of main archaeological sites. The main plan at 1:7,500... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mykonos - Delos - Rinia 25K Terrain Editions Map
  • Mykonos, Delos and Rinia 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 relief... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 309 Mykonos - Delos - Rinia | 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 map is great because: It is the first GIS map of the island, meaning that this is the first time Mykonos is... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lefkada 40K Terrain Editions Map
  • Lefkada (Lefkas) and the nearby Meghanisi at 1:40,000 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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  • Wandelkaart 351 Lefkada | 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 waterproof and rip-proof. You can fold and unfold it a thousand times, fold it in... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mt Kisavos (Ossa) - Tembi Valley 50K Anavasi Map No. 4.5
  • Mt Kisavos (Ossa) - Tembi Valley 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Hydra 20K Terrain Editions Map
  • Greek island of Hydra on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:20,000 from Terrain Editions, with a large street plan showing Hydra Town at 1:3,000. Notes on the reverse include descriptions of four recommended hiking trails. All place names are shown in both Greek and Latin alphabet. Map legend and all... Read more
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2010
  • Wandelkaart 359 Hydra | 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 uitgerver: THIS IS THE BEST MAP OD HYDRA, BECAUSE: • It comes in the detailed scale of 1:20.000, showing... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin Mountais (BG) & Orvilos and Vrondous Mountains (GR) 50K Geopsis Map
  • Pirin Mountais in south-western Bulgaria, plus Orvilos and Vrondous (Vrontou) Mountains in northern Greece on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible amt at 1:50,000 from Greek publishers Geopsis, highlighting waymarked hiking trails, places of interest, etc.On one side are the Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria with... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Achaia
  • Achaia province with a plan of central Patras in a series from Anavasi covering selected popular areas of central mainland Greece and the Peloponnese with GPS compatible, detailed topographic road maps at 1:100,000, printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper. The plan of central Patras is conveniently places on the detachable map... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Samothrace 25K Terrain Editions Map
  • Samothrace 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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  • Wandelkaart 324 Samothrace | 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 only existing GIS map of Samothrace, and the only one made with data... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Skopelos 25K Terrain Editions Map
  • Skopelos at 1:25,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible map published by Terrain Editions, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Beaches indicate their surface and facilities. All place names are shown in both Greek and Latin alphabet. On the reverse are brief descriptions of seven hiking trails, plus general information... Read more
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Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelkaart 320 Skopelos | 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 SKOPELOS, BECAUSE: • It is the only GIS map of Skopelos made with data... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pindos: Mt Smolikas - Mt Trapezitsa 25K Anavasi Map No. 3.31
  • Pindos: Mt Smolikas - Mt Trapezitsa 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Giona - Oeta - Vardousia 50K Anavasi Map No. 2.3
  • Giona - Oeta - Vardousia 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,... Read more
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Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelkaart 2.3 Giona - Iti - Vardousia (topografische kaart) | Anavasi |
  • Uitstekende topografische kaarten van een deel van Griekenland: zonder meer hele goede kaarten voor wandeltochten in een onbekend stuk Griekenland! Ze zijn gedrukt op scheurvast en watervast papier op een schaal van 1:50.000 met een UTM grid voor GPS gebruikers. Op de meeste kaarten is geven de hoogtelijnen een interval van 20m. aan. Met... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Skiathos 25K Anavasi Map
  • Skiathos in the Sporades on light, a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Anavasi for exploring the island on foot or by car. Landscape is vividly shown by contours at 20m with altitude colouring, hill shading and spot heights. The map indicates dirt roads in poor condition, with distances marked on... Read more
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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?.

    Many thanks

    Francis
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