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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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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Germany
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Germany
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Germany
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Germany
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Germany
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Germany
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Germany
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Giona - Oeta - Vardousia
  • 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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De Zwerver
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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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
  • Pelion Central
  • The central part of Pelion at 1:25,000 in an expanding series of maps from the Terrain Cartographic Group with information for hiking, biking, rock climbing, canyoning and trail running, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper.Maps in this series are contoured and for GPS users have a UTM grid plus latitude and longitude... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelkaart 346 Kythera - Kythira | 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 KYTHERA BECAUSE: • It is the first GIS map of the island, meaning that this... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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
  • Hydra
  • Hydra at 1:20,000 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. Contour... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelkaart 328 Chios - Hios | 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 THE BEST MAP OF CHIOS, BECAUSE: • It is the only GIS map of Chios made with data collected 100% through... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelkaart 323 Thasos - Thassos | 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 Thasos, and the only one made with data... Read more
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
  • 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 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
  • Skopelos
  • Skopelos 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 319 Skiathos | 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 of Skiathos because: >  >•It comes in the detailed scale of 1:15.000, s Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Skiathos
  • 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.Skiathos at 1:15,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible hiking map published by Terrain Cartography group and printed on light,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelkaart 322 Skyros | 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 THE BEST MAP OF SKYROS BECAUSE:  >  >•    It is waterproof and rip-proof. You can fold and unfold it a... Read more
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