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

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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
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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Netherlands
2006
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Germany
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Maps

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 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 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
  • 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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Germany
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Fietskaart WK 249 Mykonos | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. GPS toepasbaar. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Fietskaart WK 251 Paros - Antiparos | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. GPS toepasbaar. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit... Read more
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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
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Germany
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Mount Athos | Orama editions |
  • > Wandelkaart  van dit bijzondere stukje Griekenland: de berg Athos. >  > Mount Athos - Agion Oros (Greece) 1:60,000 Hiking Map, waterproof, GPS compatible, ORAMA > Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in Macedonia, Greece. A World Heritage Site, it is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 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. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lefkada
  • 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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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
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
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