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.

Trails

Regions

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • A Thing of Beauty: Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece
  • `Essential reading` Helen MoralesWhat do the Greek myths mean to us today?It`s now a golden age for these tales - they crop up in novels, films and popular culture. But what`s the modern relevance of Theseus, Hera and Pandora? Were these stories ever meant for children? And what`s to be seen now at the places where heroes fought and gods once... Read more
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 | Terrain maps
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Shady Characters
  • Revealing the secret history of punctuation, this delightful tour of 2,000 years of the written word, from ancient Greece to the Internet, explores the parallel histories of language and typography throughout the world and across timeA charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Shady Characters
  • Revealing the secret history of punctuation, this delightful tour of 2,000 years of the written word, from ancient Greece to the Internet, explores the parallel histories of language and typography throughout the world and across timeA charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • The Rough Guide to Greece
  • The Rough Guide to Greece has been the definitive guidebook to the country for more than 30 years. This full-color 14th edition has detailed coverage of all the best attractions this fascinating country has to offer. With user-friendly accommodation and eating reviews, crystal-clear maps, detailed background and a journalistic eye for detail,... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • The Rough Guide to Greece
  • The Rough Guide to Greece has been the definitive guidebook to the country for more than 30 years. This full-color 14th edition has detailed coverage of all the best attractions this fascinating country has to offer. With user-friendly accommodation and eating reviews, crystal-clear maps, detailed background and a journalistic eye for detail,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Griekenland - Greece | Rough Guides
  • The Rough Guide to Greece has been the definitive guidebook to the country for more than 30 years. This full-color 14th edition has detailed coverage of all the best attractions this fascinating country has to offer. With user-friendly accommodation and eating reviews, crystal-clear maps, detailed background and a journalistic eye for detail,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Great Donkey Walk - From Spain to Greece by Pilgrim Ways
  • When biographer Susan Chitty and her novelist husband, Thomas Hinde, decided it was time to embark on a family adventure, they did it in style. Arriving in Spain in time for the Ascension Day fair at Santiago, they bought two donkeys whom they named Hannibal and Hamilcar. Their two small daughters, Miranda (7) and Jessica (3) were to ride... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Great Donkey Walk - From Spain to Greece by Pilgrim Ways
  • When biographer Susan Chitty and her novelist husband, Thomas Hinde, decided it was time to embark on a family adventure, they did it in style. Arriving in Spain in time for the Ascension Day fair at Santiago, they bought two donkeys whom they named Hannibal and Hamilcar. Their two small daughters, Miranda (7) and Jessica (3) were to ride... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in the Zagori | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 30 walks and 3 treks centred on Zagori and Konitsa in mainland Greece. From easy strolls to demanding hikes along remote mountainous traverses, including the rugged peaks of Mt Timfi and Mt Smolikas in the Pindos range, Drakolimni Lake, and the dramatic Vikos Gorge. With background information on architecture, history and wildlife. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Limnos | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over Limnos. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Let op: Duitstalig! Lim­nos gilt als Ge­heim­tipp für Rei­sen­de; die das ur­sprüng­li­che Grie­chen­land er­le­ben wol­len. Im Nord­os­ten der Ägäis ab­seits der gro­ßen Tou­ris­ten­strö­me... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Let's Go Greece
  • Offering a comprehensive guide to economical travel in diverse regions of the world, these innovative new versions of the popular handbooks feature an all-new look, sidebars highlighting essential tips and facts, information on a wide range of itineraries, transportation options, off-the-beaten-path adventures, expanded lodging and dining... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Let's Go Greece
  • Offering a comprehensive guide to economical travel in diverse regions of the world, these innovative new versions of the popular handbooks feature an all-new look, sidebars highlighting essential tips and facts, information on a wide range of itineraries, transportation options, off-the-beaten-path adventures, expanded lodging and dining... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Land of Eagles
  • Albania is the least-known and least developed country in Europe. It has a long, rich and troubled past, characterised by unrest and isolationism. Today, very little is known of its people - beyond those who have emigrated to other countries in Europe - and its landscapes have remained virtually untravelled for centuries. Determined to discover... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Land of Eagles
  • Albania is the least-known and least developed country in Europe. It has a long, rich and troubled past, characterised by unrest and isolationism. Today, very little is known of its people - beyond those who have emigrated to other countries in Europe - and its landscapes have remained virtually untravelled for centuries. Determined to discover... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Tymphaean Symphony
  • A naturalist's account of the rich flora and wildlife encountered during an eight-day walk across the massif of Tymphi in Zagori, Greece. Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Tymphaean Symphony
  • A naturalist's account of the rich flora and wildlife encountered during an eight-day walk across the massif of Tymphi in Zagori, Greece. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • On the Trail of Europa
  • Where must I locate thee now, O my homeland, or in what places? So wrote a Roman poet two thousand years ago, and so feel Donald Yates and his wife today after an illuminating visit to Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • On the Trail of Europa
  • Where must I locate thee now, O my homeland, or in what places? So wrote a Roman poet two thousand years ago, and so feel Donald Yates and his wife today after an illuminating visit to Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Chios | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over dit deel van het land. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Thematische hoofdstukken over geschiedenis, geologie etc. Let op: Duits! Ganz Griechenland auf einer Insel: Hochgebirge und Waldgebiete im Norden, fruchtbare Ebenen und unberührte... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin (BG) - Orvilos - Vrontou (GR) Geopsis 134
  • 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
  • G27 Nisos Lesvos & the Coast of Turkey
  • Imray’s series of charts of Greece and Turkey are comprehensive and easy-to-use sailing charts published on rip-proof, waterproof paper- ideal for use on small tables or in cockpits. They show detailed coastline and depth information, and are constantly corrected to reflect latest information. Designed primarily for yachtsmen, they are... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Athens Borch
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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 collected... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart 10 Atiki - Attika | Anavasi
  • Attica and Boeotia at 1:100,000 in a series from Anavasi covering selected popular areas of central mainland Greece and the Peloponnese on GPS compatible, detailed topographic road maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. Coverage extends north well beyond Thebes/Thiva and Livadia to Atlanadi and includes Salamina... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 219 Alonissos | Road Editions
  • Gedetailleerde wandel- en wegenkaart met aanduiding van de wandelwegen, lijst van hotels en toeristische informatie. Voor alle doeleinden een zeer geschikte kaart. The complete road network, all villages, beaches, touristic sights and many more, clearly presented in a dependable and user-friendly map. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 32 Mount Kissavos | Road Editions
  • Kissavos at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured maps from Road Editions covering popular hiking areas of Greece. All the maps have altitude coloring and spot heights - contour interval varies, as indicated in the descriptions of individual titles. Local footpaths are marked and, for road users the maps show picturesque routes, intermediate... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 1.4-1.5 Mt Kitheron - Mt Pateras - Mt Gerania | Anavasi
  • Mt Gherania 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 339 Nisyros | Terrain maps
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 10.40 Hydra | Anavasi
  • Greek island of Hydra at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from Anavasi, showing hiking trails annotated with useful tips.On one side is a map of Hydra with contours at 20m intervals and hill shading to show the topography. The map indicates dirt roads in poor condition and distinguishes between cart... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Cycladen 4, Santorini
  • Santorini: het meest bizarre en fotogenieke eiland van de eilandengroep Cycladen. Santorini, of Thira, is eigenlijk het restant van een ontplofte vulkaan; is dit wellicht Atlantis? De spierwitte huizen contrasteren sterk met de diepblauwe zee en de rode, witte en zwarte rotsen. En vergeet de heerlijke wijn op de gezellige terrasjes niet. Je... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Peloponnesos 'totaal'
  • Een complete 15-daagse actieve auto-rondreis die een feest is voor alle zintuigen! Er zijn weinig landstreken met zoveel historische rijkdom en zo’n grote afwisseling aan landschappen als de Peloponnesos. De besneeuwde toppen van de Taygetos liggen vlakbij het rustieke strand van Kardamilli, de diepe Lousioskloof leid je naar idyllische dorpjes... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Saronische Golf
  • Eilandhoppen per veerboot en catamaran naar drie van de eilanden in de Saronische golf: dichtbij Athene, maar een totaal andere wereld. Reis langs het vulkanische, intigrerende schiereiland Methana waar nauwelijks toeristen komen, het groene Poros met adembenemende uitzichten en een kleurrijk en levendig stadje, en tot slot naar het puur voor... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Pindos, Zagoria - Astrakas
  • Vanaf het uiteinde van Vikoskloof tot de bergweides en kliffen van het Astrakasmassief. Bergwandelen over oude herdersroutes op zoek naar de Pindosdraak, die leeft in het fameuze Drakenmeer. De bergdorpen Papingo, Tsepelovo en Kipi bieden je een kijkje in de rijke cultuurhistorie van de Zagoria. Onderweg op eenzame hoogte overnachten in de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Peloponnesos, klassiek Hellas
  • 9-daagse rondreis per (huur)auto door de arcadische landschappen van de Peloponnesos. Bezoek 'Klassiek Hellas' met bekende én onbekende antieke opgravingen. Ga sfeer proeven bij Olympia en Delphi, in de spectaculaire Lousioskloof en bij de verborgen kloosters Filosofou en Prodromos. Geniet van de mythologische verhalen over Herakles en de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Cycladen 2, Amorgos
  • Als je nog het echte authentieke eilandgevoel zoekt, moet je naar Amorgos, volgens kenners het mooiste en spectaculairste Cycladeneiland. Hier lijkt de tijd te hebben stilgestaan. Volg eeuwenoude ezelpaden naar verlaten gehuchtjes, duizelingwekkende kliffen of oude windmolens op een bergtop. Ontdek het imposante rotsklooster Chozoviotissa,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Peloponnesos - Menalon Trail
  • Het idyllische Arkadië in het bergachtige binnenland van de Peloponnesos is het decor van de prachtige Menalontrail. De met zorg onderhouden en perfect gemarkeerde oude voetpaden zijn gecertificeerd als Leading Quality Trail. Je trekt te voet door de imposante Lousioskloof, langs hangende kloosters, idyllische bergdorpen en ruisende beken. Dit... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Pindos en Olympos
  • Met je familie op Alpiene trektocht in Griekenland, dat is weer eens een heel andere gezinsvakantie! Doorkruis de 'Grand Canyon van Griekenland', de Vikoskloof. Zwemmen in natuurlijke 'badkuipen' bij Papingo en over oude herdersroutes op zoek naar de Pindosdraak, die leeft in het mythische Drakenmeer. Hiken over fraai geplaveide 'kalderimia' en... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Evia
  • Bijzondere fietstocht over het onbekende, veelzijdige door en door Griekse eiland Evia, vanuit drie verschillende locaties. Grillige kusten en stille baaitjes staan in schril contrast met het ruige binnenland. Al fietsend ontdek je authentieke dorpjes, archeologische vindplaatsen en verrassend groene natuur. De soms bergachtige routes gaan... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Centraal Corfu
  • Het fameuze dorpsplein bij Kostas Taverna is voor veel mensen een begrip. Al ruim 20 jaar is Agios Ioannis een startpunt om te wandelen, fietsen en te genieten van rust en natuur. Het dorp is gelegen in het rustieke middengedeelte van het eiland Corfu en daarom ideaal als basis om dit hele eiland te bereiken. Hier vind je speciaal voor SNP... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Athene * Stap & Hap
  • Verken de groene longen en de oudheden van Athene tijdens dit bijzondere SNP 'walking-dinner'. Verspreid je diner over 4 bijzondere tavernas en geniet van het moois dat de hoofdstad van Griekenland te bieden heeft. Na het dessert lekker slapen in een centraal gelegen hotel. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Olympos - huttentocht
  • Van hut naar hut de Godenberg Olympos op, met 2917m het hoogste bergmassief van Griekenland.  Een echte huttentrektocht in een spectaculaire Alpiene omgeving, terwijl je in de verte de zee ziet glinsteren. Beleef onderweg mythologische verhalen op het plateau der Muzen en loop langs de imposante 'Troon van Zeus', een vervallen klooster en door... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Rhodopen - vlinderreis
  • Tijdens de vlinderreis naar de Westelijke Rhodopen bezoekt u diverse landschappen. Vanuit twee locaties verkent u de unieke overgang van zeeniveau naar hoge bergen, die over een korte afstand verloopt. De reis begint aan de kust en gaat via de Nestoskloof naar het onherbergzame Rhodopen met het oerbos Fracto en Livaditis. U gaat op zoek naar... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Messini
  • Reis met je kinderen naar Messini, een 'vergeten' uithoek van de Peloponnesos en geniet van zee, lagunes, oude forten en eindeloze zandstranden. De halfronde Voidokilia-baai is een paradijsje en als je goed zoekt vind je er zelfs kameleons. Het kleine rustige dorpje Gialova is een ideale uitvalsbasis voor fietstochten en wandelingen door... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Griekenland - Cycladen * Eilandhoppen voor families
  • Avontuurlijk eilandhoppen met je gezin langs drie bijzondere eilanden. Wellicht is 'watereiland' Andros voor jou meteen het perfecte eiland? Groene valleien en ruige hellingen met een enorm dicht netwerk van oude historische wandelpaden, verscholen zandstrandjes en bijzonder fraaie dorpen en een eilandhoofdstadje als een plaatje.... Maar verder... Read more
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