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

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United Kingdom
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  • Cicerone Press , United Kingdom
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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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Maps

De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Paros and Antiparos
  • Paros, including the nearby islands of Antiparos and Despotiko at 1:40,000, from Kompass, with simple plans of Parikia, Antiparos town and Naousa. Contours at 20m intervals, spot heights, and very slight relief shading are used to denote topography; simple colour use displays areas of vegetation. Major and minor roads are shown with distances... 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
  • Aghios Efstratios
  • Aghios Efstratios 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arki - Lipsi - Aghathonisi
  • Arki (Arkoi), Lipsi and Aghathonisi 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... Read more
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mykonos - Delos - Rinia
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Symi
  • Symi 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
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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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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Pilion
  • Bijzondere trektocht over oude karavaanwegen, de kalderimia, op het groene en bergachtige schiereiland Pilion. De kalderimia leiden naar verborgen diepblauwe baaitjes en prachtige tuindorpen. De bijzondere architectuur, grote herenhuizen en dorpspleinen met enorme platanen laten de vroegere rijkdom van dit gebied zien. Herleef de mythe van de... 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
  • Wandelend over de goed bewaarde kalderimia (oude stenen ezelpaden) herleeft u de mythe van de Kentauren in de uitgestrekte groene bossen van het Pilion schiereiland. Geregeld passeert u tijdens deze wandelvakantie stille baaitjes met diepblauwwater; ideale plekjes voor een heerlijke duik. Ga ook terug in de tijd over het smalspoor van de kleine... Read more
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
Te Voet
Belgium
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