Greece holidays are popular with the more active travellers looking to see the sights by foot. The picturesque mountains make for a beautiful backdrop to some of the many challenging hiking trails available to roam in the Greek countryside. The Greek Islands as well as the mainland are a paradise for keen hikers looking to experience the unspoiled charm of the region on well-trodden paths and trails.
Samaria Gorge, Crete
The Samaria Gorge is a striking route which can be travelled by foot in Crete, running parallel to a river which flows through dense areas of rugged forest. The trail is demanding in some areas, but for the most part it is easy going.
Tired travellers wanting to refresh themselves can take a dip in the stunning crystal clear waters of the AyiaRoumeli. The gorge, a natural fortress, has a complex and fascinating history which dates back to prehistoric settlements; evidence of which can be seen at various points on the route. A shrine to Apollo marks one area of the gorge, which was also the birthplace of the Cretan goddess Britomartis.
Skiathos offers a variety of trails for hikers, including the Koukounaries forest which can be walked in just over an hour. This hike is a leisurely one, which starts near a beach and will take you on an adventure around the Lake Strofilia. A slightly longer walk at two hours, is the Round Kanapitsa Peninsula, another easy going walk for the more laid back hiker. For a more long-distance hike in Skiathos, head to the Evagelistrias Monastery & the Churches of St. Charalmbos, St. Apostolos and St. Dimitrios. At 7km this hike requires more time and motivation, but the historic monuments you will pass along the route are a sight to behold.
Hikers looking for secluded beaches only accessible by foot during their Greece holidays will want to head for Kea. The Pises-Vróskopos-Pises trail follows a sandy road which crosses through a small gorge. Along the way you will pass underneath stunning rock formations and eventually come to a wall with a hole you must climb through.
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Reaching the secluded Vróskopos beach is an incredible reward after this one hour scenic hike. Relax on the white grains of sand or cool off in the blue waters in peaceful tranquility. Another unspoiled beach can be reached via the AgiosSimeoón – AgiosFílippos trail, which combines a tour of natural beauty with history. This one hour and forty five minute hike will take you through narrow valleys and crossing riverbeds, until you reach your destination; a private beach and the historic chapel of AgiosFilippos.