Activities

Explore Our Eco Activities
Bird Watching

Birdwatching is an eco-friendly activity par excellence: birds allow us to understand nature and connect with it in ways that only bird watchers can understand.

Canoeing Kayaking

This is one of the most exciting and natural ways to explore unspoiled beaches, waterside caves, pristine rivers, secluded bays and charming villages along the way.

Canyoning

Discover a hidden world of canyons and gorges …

Caving

Call them time capsules of the past or natural museums, caves are an exciting place for historians, archaeologists, speleologists, scientists, secret cults, religious hermits, pirates and much more.

Cycling

Those who cycle know that there’s nothing greater than feeling the elements around you and enjoying the ever-changing scenery by bike.

Hiking

The hiking paths will take you over summits, beside gorges, down valleys, across forests and through open fields showing the Greek countryside at its very best.

Horseback Riding

The horse is a mystical, magical animal that commands respect, part of nature and its beautiful forces. One of the pleasures in life is to experience this nature in company of a horse, and discover the Greek countryside while horseback riding.

Mountain Climbing

Discover mountain climbing in Greece… There are at least 300 large and small mountains dotting the Greek landscape, chock full of forests, valleys, traditional villages, fauna and flora that will literally leave you spellbound.

Paragliding

What an eco-friendly way to take to the skies, and there’s nowhere better to do it than in the blue skies of Greece. Paragliding world cup competitions have been held in the country often, with flying success!

Rock Climbing

Unknown as a great destination for rock climbing, Greece is actually full of amazing rock adventures waiting to be discovered, thanks to the delicate yet intriguing limestone topography that will lure you with overhands, jutting slabs and strange formations.

Sailing

It’s as if the Mediterranean was made to be sailed through, particularly around the Greek coast, islands, bays and gulfs. Discover abandoned islands, secluded beaches, the bluest of waters and the whitest sands ever…

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

In the waters surrounding Greece you will find an amazing and spectacular world filled with wonderful vistas and colorful wildlife, both fauna and flora…

Skiing – Snowboarding

Who would have thought that Greece is such a skier’s paradise! Yet with over a dozen bona fide ski resorts and over 130 ski runs in total, you’ll be at a loss to choose between them all.

Windsurfing

What better way to harness the forces of nature than through the exhilarating, eco-friendly sport of windsurfing. Windsurfing in Greece is simply awesome, for lack of a better word.

Bird Watching

Birdwatching is an eco-friendly activity par excellence: birds allow us to understand nature and connect with it in ways that only bird watchers can understand.

Canoeing Kayaking

This is one of the most exciting and natural ways to explore unspoiled beaches, waterside caves, pristine rivers, secluded bays and charming villages along the way.

Canyoning

Discover a hidden world of canyons and gorges …

Caving

Call them time capsules of the past or natural museums, caves are an exciting place for historians, archaeologists, speleologists, scientists, secret cults, religious hermits, pirates and much more.

Cycling

Those who cycle know that there’s nothing greater than feeling the elements around you and enjoying the ever-changing scenery by bike.

Hiking

The hiking paths will take you over summits, beside gorges, down valleys, across forests and through open fields showing the Greek countryside at its very best.

Horseback Riding

The horse is a mystical, magical animal that commands respect, part of nature and its beautiful forces. One of the pleasures in life is to experience this nature in company of a horse, and discover the Greek countryside while horseback riding.

Mountain Climbing

Discover mountain climbing in Greece… There are at least 300 large and small mountains dotting the Greek landscape, chock full of forests, valleys, traditional villages, fauna and flora that will literally leave you spellbound.

Paragliding

What an eco-friendly way to take to the skies, and there’s nowhere better to do it than in the blue skies of Greece. Paragliding world cup competitions have been held in the country often, with flying success!

Rock Climbing

Unknown as a great destination for rock climbing, Greece is actually full of amazing rock adventures waiting to be discovered, thanks to the delicate yet intriguing limestone topography that will lure you with overhands, jutting slabs and strange formations.

Sailing

It’s as if the Mediterranean was made to be sailed through, particularly around the Greek coast, islands, bays and gulfs. Discover abandoned islands, secluded beaches, the bluest of waters and the whitest sands ever…

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

In the waters surrounding Greece you will find an amazing and spectacular world filled with wonderful vistas and colorful wildlife, both fauna and flora…

Skiing – Snowboarding

Who would have thought that Greece is such a skier’s paradise! Yet with over a dozen bona fide ski resorts and over 130 ski runs in total, you’ll be at a loss to choose between them all.

Windsurfing

What better way to harness the forces of nature than through the exhilarating, eco-friendly sport of windsurfing. Windsurfing in Greece is simply awesome, for lack of a better word.

Acherontas River

The Acheron River Delta is included in the Natura 2000 program and is an area frequented by more than 100 different species of birds. It’s a wonderful place to encounter the natural habitat of these creatures, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll spot one of the many raptors such as spotted eagles and hawks that frequent river banks.

Afandou

An interesting area for the combination of various habitats: olive groves, scrub, two riverbeds, and small pools with small reed beds, some wasteland and a golf course. This site is interesting during migration for waders (Wood sandpiper, Dunlin, Little ringed plover, Little stints); Egrets (Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern) and Garganey. The golf course and surroundings are likely to produce species like Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated pipit (the latter during migration). During the breeding season Red-backed Shrike, Stone Curlew, Rufous Bushchat and Kingfisher are almost certainties, together with species like Bee-eater, Quail, Reed Warbler and Olivaceous warblers.

Amvrakikos Gulf

As the largest wetlands area in Greece, the Amvrakikos or Ambracian Gulf supports a diverse eco-system that supports over 290 different species of birds, 75 of which are considered endangered. While several of these live year-round within the marshes of the gulf, the majority spend their winters here or come to mate and raise their offspring.

Aoos Gorge

The Aoos Gorge is smaller than Vikos Gorge but it still offers bird watchers some great opportunities for spotting large raptors. Aoos Gorge is navigable by foot, and those who walk through it are much more likely to spot one of the many species of eagles, hawks and vultures that inhabit the area.

Appolakia Reservoir

The only deep and permanent freshwater can be found at the Appolakia Reservoir built in the late eighties. Take the road from Appolakia to Gennadi. At the north end of the reservoir an area of marsh and reed beds attracts species like Grey Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck`s Stint. It is the most certain place to see species like Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen, sometimes accompanied by Garganey, Mallard, Black Necked Grebe or Kingfisher.

Arki Islets

If you’re a nature lover and a birdwatcher, the Arki network of tiny islands is a perfect day trip for you. Arki’s islets boast rugged landscapes that attract migratory birds because of their pristine and vital ecosystem. Whole cliffs and boulders are often covered in birds. Migratory and domestic birds, lizards and flora create a unique ecosystem around Patmos, supported by this well preserved pristine habitat. Don’t miss out on the island’s environmental research center on Arki. Then hike through the islands to find secret coves perfect for swimming.

Bird Watching

Birdwatching is an eco-friendly activity par excellence: birds allow us to understand nature and connect with it in ways that only bird watchers can understand.

Bird Watching on Lake Kerkini

One of the the top bird sites for birdwatching in all of Greece, Lake Kerkini is an extremely important area for the passage, wintering and breeding of both waterfowl and raptors as well as for the breeding of migratory songbirds.

Gadouras River

Valley and mouth of the Gadouras river (about 10 km north of Lindos, about 8 km south of Arhangelos); east of the main road Arhangelos-Lindos. Combination of river valley with a stony/sandy bed, some fresh water pools, scrub, a kind of lagoon with high reed and various shrubs, and in the neighborhood: arable land, olive groves and grassy fields. This place is good for waders in spring and autumn (Little stint, Little ringed plover, Ringed plover, Wood sandpiper, Green sandpiper, Marsh sandpiper, Collared Pratincole); Egrets (Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Grey Egret, Squacco Heron); Terns (White-winged black tern, Gull-billed tern). Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Olivaceaous warbler, Bee-eater, Quail, Woodchat-shrike and Short-toed Lark should be certainties in the breeding season. This is also one of the best places for Stone Curlew and Rufous Bushchats.

Georgioupolis Lake

Just south of the town of Georgioupolis is the lake of Georgioupolis which is home to a number of different species of birds such as Herons, the Black-winged Stilt, Waders, various species of Ducks and Geese, as well as Coots and the Great Reed Warbler.

Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town

One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the lagoon that’s located literally in the middle of town. Despite the noise from nearby traffic, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop, which makes for interesting birdwatching. You can either cycle along the perimeter of the lagoon or walk as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks. Visit the windmill that stands nearby.

Imbros Gorge

Easily one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Crete, the Imbros gorge is often overlooked by hikers who choose Samaria instead, but this gorge is impressive in its own right.

Imbros Gorge

Easily one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Crete, the Imbros gorge is often overlooked by hikers who choose Samaria instead, but this gorge is impressive in its own right. Again regarded specifically as a hiking site, the Imbros Gorge is a fantastic natural habitat for a variety of birds including the Raven, the Griffon Vulture, the Falcon and the Alpine Swift.

Imittos

The closest and largest birdwatching locale in the city is the mountain of Hymettus or Imittos in Greek. It is about 20 km long and 1026 km high, offering a great location to hike and spot birds.

Ioannina and Lake Pamvotida

Ioannina’s location on the banks of Lake Pamvotida has made even the city a place where bird watchers can catch a glimpse of several species. The areas around the lake and on the small island across are known for types such as the Lesser Kestrel, Scops Owl, Penduline Tit, Little Grebe, Pygmy Cormorant and Whiskered Tern.

Kalodiki Marsh

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. Kalodiki Marsh is part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. The marsh presents an excellent stage for bird watching in an area that contains undeniable beauty. Observers have the opportunity of witnessing Night Herons, Black Herons, Golden Eagles, Vultures, Little Grebes, wild ducks, turtle doves, blackbirds, magpies and starlings.

Kerkini Wetland Information Center, Kerkini

Make a quick stop here to learn how the lake was created and what is being done to preserve and protect it for future generations. Using traditional boats called ‘plaves’, visitors can experience the beauty of the water on the lake at a safe distance from the birds, enjoying the wet forest and birdwatching at the same time, all year round.

Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli town

Birdwatchers will enjoy exploring Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli, as a number of birds seek shelter here. Ducks, geese, swans, warblers, flycatchers and herons are some of the species you’ll be able to spot. This is an important ecosystem for Caretta-Caretta sea turtles as well, and you can combine your birdwatching with a relaxing stroll through the eucalyptus forest on the banks of the lagoon. Although close to the island’s capital, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a quiet slice of countryside.

Lake Agia

One of only two freshwater lakes on the entire island, Lake Agia is a manmade lake in the Northwest of Crete. Initially built as a water supply for the island, no-one anticipated the ecosystem that would one day flourish here. Today, this tranquil setting is home to over 200 different varieties of birds. Species that can be found here include Ducks, Geese, Wood Sandpiper, Swallow, Black-winged stilt, Reed Warbler, Pelican and Little Crake to name just a few.

Lake Karla

Cormorant, coot, and mallard duck are just some of the types of waterfowl living in Lake Karla, which has developed into a very important wetland that’s home to many types of birds.

Lake Kerkini Center for Ecotourism, Lithotopos

This is the place to go to learn what options for excursions there are on or around the lake. Also exhibits samples of plant life, insects, fowl and fauna in a mini museum.

Lake Kournas

Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains Lake Kournas is the only natural freshwater lake in all of Crete and covers an area of approximately 579,000 square meters and is only 22.5 meters at its deepest point. Home to different species including Herons, Cormorants, Ducks, and Warblers. As one of only two freshwater lakes on the island, Lake Kournas is a wonderful spot to take a rented kayak and while away the day atop its calm waters. On site visitors can rent a pedal boat or canoe to travel around the area.

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Lake Ziros

The incredible beauty of Lake Ziros is an ideal backdrop for bird watching throughout the area. The large variety of plants, fish and small animals provide an ecosystem which supports a large and diverse population of birds. Throughout the year, spectators may encounter Little Grebes, Night Herons, Cormorants, Gulls and many more species that nest and feed throughout the lake.

Lefka Ori (White Mountains)

A UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves site, the White Mountains offer an incredible opportunity for the hiker in both winter and summer. Generally regarded for its fantastic hiking, the White Mountains provide an ideal habitat for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts looking for species of large birds like Eagles and Vultures, the Golden Eagle and the Red-Billed Chough.

Louros River

Due to the pollution of the Louros River, fewer and fewer birds have been seen here in recent years. Despite this fact, this river is still a great place to observe species such as Dalmatian Pelicans, Spoonbills, ducks, and black-winged stilts.

Management Authority for Lake Kerkini, Kato Poroia

This organization polices the area to make sure no illegal hunting or intrusive practices are taking place.

Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)

For more birdwatching, hike through Melissas Gorge near Kavalos village by following the river. Look out for falcons and hawks amongst centuries’ old oaks and wild rosebushes. Combine birdwatching with sightseeing by exploring the watermills that line the river and which were once a vital part of the island’s commercial history.

Mt. Lycabettus

Also noteworthy is Lycabettus or Likavitos Hill in Athens almost in the centre of town. In addition to great views of the port of Piraeus and all of Athens, a rocky area on top attracts many rock-loving birds. You might see a Bunting, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Sardinian Warbler and many more.

Mt. Parnitha

This is the highest peak near Athens towering at 1,400 meters. Past the cable car station at the upper elevations in the mornings and evenings is bound to reveal the most birds. You could spot a Coal Tit, Firecrest, Flycatcher, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Sardinian Warbler, Western Rock Nuthatch and more.

Mt. Penteli

While often plagued by forest fires in summer, the elevation of upto 1,100 meters on its eastern slopes may reveal several species of birds. These include Hooded Cirl Buntings, Crows, Jays, Red-backed Shrikes, Sparrow Hawks, Western Rock Nuthatches.

Nafpaktia Mountains

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Plimmiri

From its sand dunes the flowing have been seen: Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, Hoopoe, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike and Black-headed Bunting. The chain of little fields, sometimes irrigated, provide good habitats for larks and pipits during migration and winter (Calandra Lark, Sky Lark). In autumn a sea-watch can be satisfactory with species like Shag, Eleonora`s Falcon, Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Honey-buzzard and Cory`s Shearwater.

Polydendri Forest

This is an important habitat for raptors and the falcons, which spend its summers here. Breeding species include the European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus, the Levant sparrowhawl Accipiter brevipes, the Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, the Roller Coracias garrulus and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius.

Rhodes town area

The beach on the north side of the town, near the Aquarium, can be good for migrating birds, egrets and seabirds, like Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Red-throated pipit, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Cory`s Shearwater. During migration Monte Smith is very interesting for songbirds (Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Icterine warbler, Subalpine warbler, Flycatchers); Wheatears and Shrikes. Monte Smith holds also a strong population of Olivaceaous warblers. The old town of Rhodes has a population of Crag Martin. On or between the old walls of Rhodes-town, Little Kestrel and Hoopoe can be seen regularly. The harbour of Rhodes-town can be interesting for terns and gulls, especially Audouins Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common gull, Common Tern and even Gull-billed Tern.

Schinias

This area was revamped during the Olympic games, creating rowing lakes. The trees near the beach, including large confiers, a creek and some greenery have attracted birds here.

Strongyli Observatory

Situated on a small hill within walking distance of the eponymous village, the observatory features a telescope allowing visitors to spot one of the many species of birds in the area. Common species here include the Sardinian and sub-alpine Warbler as well as the Roufus Bush Robin. Larger raptors such as the Lesser Spotted Eagle and Marsh Harrier are seen less frequently.

The Lesser Kestrel – protection of a species

The Lesser Kestrel (Kirkinezi in Greek) is one of the most characteristic examples of birds have adapted their lifestyle in order to coexist with humans, feeding mostly on larger insects and small rodents.

Vikos Gorge

The spectacular Vikos Gorge is an area of mesmerising beauty and bird watchers will most likely encounter several raptors throughout. There are several lookout points that allow observers to watch without actually descending into the gorge. The best is that at Oxia, which overlooks the deepest section of the gorge. It lies just 3 kilometres outside the village of Monodendri. However, there’s no denying that bird watchers who make the trip through the gorge will be rewarded with viewing various raptors as well as many endangered species of birds.

Wetlands and Lake around Grikos Bay and Petra

Patmos’ insistence on resisting commercial development led to the preservation of pristine ecosystems close to town. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will love the wetlands and lake near Petra. They are both protected sites where a vibrant ecosystem of wild ducks, swans and heron seek refuge. Patmos is a vital stop for migratory birds, and as such will delight nature lovers.

Camping Limnopoula

Situated just beyond the banks of Lake Pamvotis is the Limnopoula campground. Hot water is provided 24 hours a day and patrons can take advantage of the on-site mini market and restaurant as well as the sports facilities and areas for washing clothes and plates.

Preveza

Preveza prefecture is one of the most suitable and enjoyable places to explore by canoe. Due to its beauty and tranquillity, Lake Ziros is a top destination for avid canoers. It can also be a great way to get up and close and personal with the birds and other creatures in the Amvrakikos Gulf. For those who enjoy trills, the Acherontas River offers a faster pace. There are many places along the sea near Parga to canoe, including the beaches of Lichnos and Valtos. Due to the pollution of the Louros River, canoeing and other forms of navigation here are unfortunately forbidden.

Erymanthos River

Spectacular canoeing and kayaking adventures take place on the Erymanthos (or Erymanthus) River during spring and summer. Those with experience may want to negotiate the Erymanthos gorge between Tripotama and Nemouta. Rafting is also possible.

Lake Kournas

Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains Lake Kournas is the only natural freshwater lake in all of Crete and covers an area of approximately 579,000 square meters and is only 22.5 meters at its deepest point. Home to different species including Herons, Cormorants, Ducks, and Warblers. As one of only two freshwater lakes on the island, Lake Kournas is a wonderful spot to take a rented kayak and while away the day atop its calm waters. On site visitors can rent a pedal boat or canoe to travel around the area.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Parga

There are numerous shops around Parga that rent kayaks and kayaking equipment. Some of the most popular places to kayak are the beaches of Lichnos and Krioneri. Assuming the waves aren’t too high, a trip along the coast from Parga northward is an excellent way to discover all of the small coves and hidden beaches in the area.

Peneios lake

The artificial Peneios lake, which is always calm, provides the perfect place for canoeing and kayaking. It is also a wetland with an interesting variety of birds. Visit the small villages of Souli, Xenies, Roupakia and Agrapidochori for an intimate experience with local culture.

Rakopotamos, North Pelion

You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos. The beach is a popular spot for alternative tourism lovers who enjoy canoeing and following sea trails that lead to waterfalls up to 30 meters high, while at the very end of the beach campers freely pitch up their tents.

Aggitis Gorge

The sheer, nearly smooth 50-70 meter slopes of the Aggitis Gorge are a canyoneer’s dream. Considered by locals to have been hewn by Philip II of Macedon, the limestone ravine was more likely the result of seismic shifts between the Paggeo and Menikon mountains. Whatever the reason, this 15-kilometer river gorge offers untold opportunities for rappelling and canyoning as close to nature as one can get. The railway line passes by the village of Symvoli at the entrance to the gorge, making it easy to get to or be whisked away after a long day and tired muscles. The canyon is open year-round.

Agios Dimitrios Gorge

Well-known for its rare geological characteristics and plant species, the gorge of Agios Dimitrios is the perfect opportunity for those new to canyoning. A newly-built road runs through the gorge, though a footpath within its slopes takes walkers through the picturesque village of Agios Dimitrios, passing strange layers of cippolina marble and other geological oddities until reaching the pristine beach of Schinodavlia along southern Evia’s northern coast.

Aoos Gorge

Much smaller in comparison with neighbouring Vikos Gorge, this canyon has been cut by the Aoos River from where it gets its name. Unlike the Voidomatis River which flows only seasonally through a small section of the Vikos Gorge, the Aoos River has a steady flow throughout the year and runs through the entire Aoos Gorge. Additionally, the river is surrounded by thick vegetation, providing an enchanted walk for those who wish to partake in canyoning through the river.

Aradena Gorge

Just less than 20 km west of Sfakia lies the Aradena gorge which begins on the softer southern hills of the White Mountains and ends at the cobalt coloured waters of the Libyan Sea. Pictures of the gorge’s dramatic sloping edges falling into the sea are unforgettable and it is easily one of the most picturesque in the Hania region. The gorge is approximately 7km long and takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to hike. There is an area where hikers must descend a metal ladder attached to the cliff, although there is an alternate route with a handrail. The descent itself is difficult but manageable but hikers should be forewarned about falling stones. At the end of the hike there are paths to Marmara, Loutro and Sfakia.

Archampolis Gorge

One of Evia’s most mesmerising areas is the small but enchanting Gorge of Archampolis. Stretching from East to West between the villages of Evangelismos and Thymi, the gorge features sheer cliffs that plunge down into the crystal clear Archampolis stream. The area is home to several plant and animal species, as well as a variety of birds who take advantage of the numerous caves along the gorge’s route. Though the most fascinating aspect of Archampolis is the ancient city found within the cliffs. Evidence of mining has been found, though researchers are still unsure whether it was a permanent settlement or simply a mining outpost. Canyoners will enjoy the beautiful flora found throughout the area as well as the small pools left over from the stream. Anyone walking through Archampolis is bound to enjoy the gorge’s ending at its eponymous hidden beach.

Demosaris Gorge

Arguably Evia’s most well-known gorge is this the extensive Demosaris Gorge which stretches from the central region of southern Evia to the northern coast at Kallianos Beach. Along the way, explorers have the opportunity to walk through dense centuries old forests, encounter rare flora species, dive into sparkling pools of waters, admire beautiful waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking views. The easiest and most picturesque route takes walkers ten kilometres starting from Petrokanalo Pass and finishes at Kallianos Beach. The Demosaris Stream runs through the gorge most of the year and many springs can be found along its meandering path through the gorge.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)

If you’re looking for a magical hike, Dimosary Canyon is perfect for you. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re canyoning in the summer, although the waterfalls and thick forest keep the temperatures comfortable. Take a break and drink some spring water – the locals swear it’s the best drinking water in the region. Once you’ve relaxed, continue your trek by climbing the stone steps carved into the mountain. Dimosari Canyon is one of Lefkada’s vital ecosystems, and played an important role throughout Antiquity by powering the island’s waterworks by harnessing the surge of riverwater from Mount Vafkeri. If you enjoy caving, there are a few small caves throughout the canyon for you to enjoy.

Eligia Gorge

Just east of Samaria is the very narrow, verdant Eligia gorge with its steep drop and abundant foliage. The path to its entrance begins at the Katsiveli mountain shelter. It is more walkable than either Tripiti or Klados, marked with small piles of rocks along the way, but there are a number of secondary paths that can lead visitors to become easily lost so a guide is recommended. At the end of the gorge the isolated village of Agia Roumeli with its pebble beach and breathtaking views of the Libyan sea is approximately a one hour hike away. Agia Roumeli is only accessible by boat or on foot and well worth the hike

Ha Gorge

Definitely one in the category “do not try alone”, the Ha gorge is spectacularly set on the western side of Mt. Thripti, before depositing its walker east of the village of Vassiliki, Whilst only 1.5 Kms long, it is very narrow in places and has walls towering up to 300 metres above ones head.It is the perfect gorge for abseiling, but only the very experienced should try this, and even then, with a guide.

Hametoulo Gorge

A straightforward enough hike this, from the village of Hametoulo, to Xerokambos, on the south east coast. A number of gates have to passed through en-route (make sure you close them, as they’re there to keep sheep in). When you arrive at Hametoulo, make sure you don’t stray to far north or west of the village or the gorge, as the hill behind you is a military base.

Imbros Gorge

Easily one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Crete, the Imbros gorge is often overlooked by hikers who choose Samaria instead, but this gorge is impressive in its own right.

Imbros Gorge

Easily one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Crete, the Imbros gorge is often overlooked by hikers who choose Samaria instead, but this gorge is impressive in its own right. Again regarded specifically as a hiking site, the Imbros Gorge is a fantastic natural habitat for a variety of birds including the Raven, the Griffon Vulture, the Falcon and the Alpine Swift.

Kapsa Gorge

This is a tough gorge to crack and should only be walked by experienced hikers, and never alone, as it can be dangerous in places. The waymarking is good, thankfully, but at one stage there’s a 10 metre climb, over practically sheer rock, to negotiate, with the aid of a piece of rope, which should be checked before use. Alternatively one can scramble across the scree which covers the hill surrounding the drop. An alternative name for the gorge is Perivolakia, as this is where it ends, some three to four hours after setting off.

Klados Gorge

Just west of its more famous sister, Samaria, the Klados gorge awaits. Offering up breathtaking scenery with its imposing jagged rockface and waterfalls, the Klados gorge is a remote and little traveled terrain. Its northern entrance begins from the Linosseli pass west of the Gigilos peak and is marked only by a few piles of rocks. This path, as with others along much of its route, is often blocked by bushes which only contribute to the danger by hiding its steep drops. Just before the entrance there is a very dangerous spot with loose gravel on a steep slope. Navigating the Klados gorge does require descending by rope in various areas. There are cascading waterfalls along the way and at the end a gorgeous beach called Tripiti.

Kritsa Gorge

Kritsa is a beautiful village, located some 9 Kms west of Aghios Nikolaos. Also known as the “Havga” gorge, it stretches for 13 Kms before depositing walkers at the village of Tapes. The descent is some 300 metres.

Lissos Gorge

To reach the Lissos Gorge visitors can take a small boat from neighbouring Sougia (about 20 minutes), or can arrive by foot which is about a 2 hour walk. The entrance begins at the harbour of Sougia and a good deal of the pathway is uphill. The entrance begins at the harbour of Sougia and a good deal of the pathway is uphill. There is beautiful vegetation throughout the gorge and towards the end of the path a gorgeous pine forest offering up a view of Lissos below. At the bottom of the hill lies ancient Lissos including the temple which can be explored on foot. (See Lissos in the archaeology section).

Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)

For more birdwatching, hike through Melissas Gorge near Kavalos village by following the river. Look out for falcons and hawks amongst centuries’ old oaks and wild rosebushes. Combine birdwatching with sightseeing by exploring the watermills that line the river and which were once a vital part of the island’s commercial history.

Milonas Gorge

Seven Kilometres east of Ierapetra, the gorge of Milonas starts at an elevation of around 500 metres and ends on the south coast. Waterfalls form pools, along the gorge’s course, enabling the hiker to become swimmer.

Pefki Gorge

A lovely place is Pefki, and its gorge compliments it perfectly. A walk of about a kilometre on a path from the village, brings one into the pine-strewn (pefki is the Greek word for pine) gorge itself. It’s approximately six KMs from here to the coast, where the gorge deposits one at Makriyialos There are even a couple of stone benches en-route, for those who need a rest, or prefer just to savour the rarified atmosphere.

Rokka Gorge

Located in the small, aptly named village of Rokka this gorge is a big departure from Samaria and some of the other’s with rougher terrain but it is just as beautiful and has just as much flora and fauna to keep visitors preoccupied. Nearly vertical rock faces loom overhead and at less than 5 meters wide and 200 meters deep the gorge is extremely imposing. A remarkable view of Kissamos awaits hikers who reach the plateau and the steep hill known as Trouli above the village is the site of the ancient Venetian castle (see archaeology section).

Samaria Gorge National Park

More famous with each passing year, the Samarian Gorge is synonymous with Crete. Each year thousands of tourists flock to the Omalos plateau to begin their descent into the mouth of this stunning exploit.

Sirikari Gorge (Polyrinia Gorge)

Compared to many of its sister’s, the Sirikari gorge (also known as Polyrinia gorge) is an easy alternative for those looking to get out into nature but not suffer too much the next day. A protected habitat, the gorge descends into a beautiful river bed with abundant, flowering vegetation. From the village of Sirikari the pathway ascends to the ancient settlement of Polyrinia with its glorious view of the bay of Kissamos. Altogether the hike is approximately three hours (and 11 km long). Visitors should beware however, that along the pathway there are areas not well marked by signposts and it can become easy to get turned around.

The Gorge of Agia Irini

Just over an hour’s drive southwest of the city of Hania is the gorge of Agia Irini. Easily accessible from the village of Agia Irini the entire hike is approximately three hours and stretches out over 7.5km. At its most narrow point it closes in at just 10 meters while its walls climb to a height of 500 meters. Most of the pathway is easily navigated and the trail itself well cared for although there are both uphill and downhill areas and along the riverbed visitors have to traverse the rocky terrain. There are a couple of picnic spots along the way and washroom facilities. Lush vegetation, flowering herbs and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and abundant pine and cypress trees await travelers here. At the end of the pathway there is a main road that leads to the charming village of Sougia.

Theriso gorge

Found close to the city of Hania, the Theriso gorge is approximately 6km long and can also be visited by car. Easily navigated with a well laid pathway this is a good opportunity for people with families to take to the outdoors and do some hiking. The Theriso gorge sits amongst the foothills of the White Mountains; a small stream runs through part of the gorge and adds to the abundant plant life which makes for fantastic natural scenery and an abundance of greenery everywhere.

Topolia Gorge

A delightful surprise to walk or drive through, many visitors to western Crete remember the Topolia gorge not from hiking it but rather from driving along the winding road that cuts through it (and part of a mountain where a tunnel was dug to allow the road continue). Known to locals as the ‘Gorge of Caves’ because of the many that are found along its route, this majestic gorge is located just south of Kissamos and is rich with vegetation. Its path begins just after the village of Topolia and extends for approximately 1.5 km. One of its most impressive features is the shadows that fall onto its rock faces mid-afternoon – a stunning sight to behold.

Tripiti Gorge

West of Samaria this gorge can be accessed from the same pathway as Klados gorge, beginning in Linosseli. Breathtaking views of its steep rock walls, climbers will be delighted its nature and wildlife. Dangerous in spots and not for the novice. Beware of loose rocks and plan well.

Vikos Gorge

As the Guinness world record holder as the deepest gorge, the Vikos Gorge belongs on every walker’s itinerary. Due to its relatively untouched natural habitat, the gorge is an area of great interest for researchers, and explorers will have the opportunity to witness several plant and animal species that cannot be found elsewhere. The route is relatively easy and takes most walkers between 5-6 hours to complete. There is a pathway leading down to the gorge just outside of the village of Monodendri. From there, walkers have the option of continuing north, passing the springs of the Voidomatis River and ends at the village of Papingo. The other option is to head south until reaching the stone bridge of Kipi. Whichever route you choose, canyoning through the Vikos Gorge is an experience not to be missed!

Zakros Gorge (The Valley of the Dead)

A wonderful, relatively easy, walking experience greets the hiker, which ever direction one chooses to walk the Zakros gorge. There are at least three entry/exit points, at, or close to the village of Ano (Upper) Zakros, and the route down is spectacular in the extreme, depositing one at Kato (Lower) Zakros,replete with its own Minoan “palace”, lovely beaches, and accommodation aplenty. If one chooses to walk east to west, Ano Zakros has a nice, rather old-fashioned hotel, so there should be no problem with where to lay ones head for the evening, though in the height of summer, do book-up in advance. Interesting features along the gorge, include a Roman aqueduct, and if one looks up, caves where the bodies of humans dating back to Neolithic times were discovered.

Aghios Antonios

An interesting cave as it also doubles-up as a church. It lies in the village of Patsos, north-west of Spili and was used during Minoan through Roman times as a place of worship. Minoan finds from this cave are displayed in both the Herakleion museum and in Oxford’s Ashmolean.

Agia Sofia Cave (Saint Sophia)

Once a sacred spot of Minoan worship the cave of Agia Sofia is now famous for its mammoth stalactites and stalagmites. A steep climb up the stone staircase and into the mouth of the cave visitors will first see a small chapel where they may light a candle or offer a prayer. Once inside it is fairly easy to make one’s way around (although the back of the cave is too slippery and dark to explore). Some of the stalagmites and stalactites are up to five or six meters in length with unique, almost otherworldly formations.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Cave of Anemotripa

This large and fascinating cave was only discovered about fifty years earlier when 2 local men were asked to investigate what seemed to be air flowing out of a hole in the ground on the outskirts of Pramanta village. (Anemotripa means “wind hole” in Greek.) What they discovered was an extensive cave system including underground rivers and lakes, waterfalls, and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Today the cave has been divided into three sections. The upper section is the oldest but due to its ceiling having partially collapsed; it remains closed to the public. The other two sections offer intriguing paths that snake their way through the wonders of the cave. A snack bar offers concessions at the entrance to the cave where tickets are sold. The cave lies just outside the village of Pramanta in the south east corner of the prefecture.

Cave of Hermes

The Cave of Hermes near the winter sport centre Ziria is supposed to be where Hermes hid the golden cows stolen from Apollo, his brother. Head to the cave of Mercury on the west bank of Flabouritsa, full of chambers and multi-coloured stalactites. You will need the required equipment to explore it fully.

Cave of Lakes, Kastria

This is a huge cave by any standards and the largest in the area, lying some 17 kilometers south of Kalavrita and barely 2 kilometers from Kleitoria. With an stunningly enchanting entrance and three different levels the cave looks almost otherworldly, complete with haunting galleries and hanging formations.

Cave of Lihada

Near the eponymous village of Lihada lies this cave with a large entrance. Artefacts found in the cave have confirmed it was inhabited as far back as the Prehistoric era.

Cave of Lovers

Near the beach of Tigani on the coast of Tyros-Sapounakeika, there’s the Cave of Lovers which can only be by a beautiful boat ride. It is also rich in colours with many stalagmites and stalactites.

Perama Cave

One of the most impressive caves in Europe and the second largest in Greece is the Cave of Peramatos located 4 kilometres from the city of Ioannina. It was accidentally discovered by locals who were searching for a hiding place from the Nazis in 1940. Speleologists later made a detailed exploration into the cave and discovered some of the most spectacular examples of stalactites and stalagmites throughout Greece.

Cave of the Holy Fathers

Located approximately 6 km northwest of Paleochora near a small village called Azogires, the Cave of the Holy Fathers is an impressive cave system with a moving spiritual history. Over 20 meters high and more than 100 meters long the cave is accessed by ascending through its mouth which is approximately 10 by 5 meters. Once inside there are steel ladders leading you down into the cave which houses a number of wondrous dripstone formations. The Cave of the Holy Fathers has still not been fully investigated and it is relatively difficult terrain – a flashlight and sturdy hiking shoes are an absolute necessity. Any questions can be directed to the friendly locals at the nearby Alfa Cafe and Information Center.

Didyma caves

The caves at Didyma, so called in Greek, aren’t caves at all! They’re dolines, or big depressions in the ground with very interesting features. The small doline or ‘small cave’ can be reached from the Didyma bypass road where there’s a small parking area. There is a steep stairway dug into the ground that will take you into the doline.

Gourgouthakas Cave

Also known to many Greeks as the ‘deepest cave’ Gourgouthakas is located in an area of the White Mountains (Ta Lefka Ori) known as Atzinolakos. Sitting at an altitude of 1500 meters it is 1208 meters in depth and 900 meters in length making it one of the deepest caves in the entire world. Initially discovered in the early nineties, Greek speleologists were the first to investigate the cave; a couple short years later a team of climbers triumphantly conquered it. The area around Gourgouthakas Cave is extremely beautiful and worth exploring on its own. Only those who are the most qualified and experienced climbers should consider this expedition.

Kamares Cave

This is one for those who like their caves at a high elevation. Situated 1,700 metres above sea level, Kamares, also known as Kamaraiko, is accessable by a trail leading north, and upwards from the village of Kamares. Beware, it’s quite a hike to the cave from the village, and be of more interest to those with a penchant for archaeology than speleology, as this was an important site in Minoan times, with votive offerings having been found here.

Katsiouna and Haravla Caves

If you love hiking and spelunking, these twin caves near Messohora Village are perfect for you. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, you’ll enjoy searching for them and then exploring their beautiful chambers.

Kefalas Cave (Northwest Kalymnos, in Pothia)

After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites. Legend has it that the nuns of Saint Catherine Monastery discovered it but kept it a secret because of a rumored treasure stored there by pirates. Archaeological evidence found here suggests it was a site of worship for Olympiou Dios.

Kidonia Cave (near Stournareika Village)

Experienced spelunkers will find this stunning cave at an altitude of 1340 m along the mountain ridge. It’s unexplored but its beauty is still well-known – ask the locals for tips and advice before venturing in to admire the cave chamber dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.

Kokkini Spilia Cave (near Alonia, Nea Pefki Village)

When you visit this beautiful mountain village, ask the locals for directions to Kokkini Spilia. Translated as Red Cave, Kokkini Spilia’s name is suggestive of the cave chamber’s main feature, which is the beautiful red color of the rock.
When you’re done exploring, stop by the nearby gushing springs of Frahos and Vrisoula at an altitude of 1200 meters and then continue your hike in the area.

Koutouki Cave

The most well-known cave on Hymettus is Koutouki cave in Peania which hosts guided tours. Sadly, too much lighting and human presence has degraded the natural characteristics of the cave.

Matala Caves

Located on the south coast, and were most likely used as dwelling places from neolithic times, before being converted into burial chambers during the Roman and early Byzantine era. Nowadays they are better known for the annual festival, with latter day hippies descending upon its beach, in the footsteps as such luminaries as Joni Mitchell (whose song ‘Carey’ was written in deference to Matala), Bob Dylan (allegedly) and Joan Baez, who all came here in the 1960s.

Neraidospilios Cave

It is found some 25 km from Herakleion, not far from the village of Myrtia. Situated by a river, with highly mythological associations, for the ancients, who believed this to be the dwelling place of nymphs and fairies.

Pit of Sykia, Vari, Mount Hymettus

On the southeast side of Hymettus near the area of Vari, this open precipice impresses you with its mouth and runs 20 meters deep. Speleologists practice climbing up and down over here.

Sarmanitsa Cave (near Pirra Village)

If you’re an adventurous spelunker, this cave is perfect for you. It’s unexplored and a bit of a mystery, so as long as you take all possible precautions, it could provide a wonderful opportunity for experienced spelunkers.

Sfendoni

The cave at Sfendoni – reached via Zoniana – is 3,000 square metres, and has a path of 270 metres. There is a charge to enter, as visitors are no allowed to enter alone for reasons of safety.

Skala Paleohoriou Cave (Amarantos village)

This wonderful cave is located beside a quaint mountain village. As you hike through the region, look for the watermill of St. Minas and this beautiful cave.

Tsiata Magia Cave, Polithea Village

If you’re an experienced spelunker and you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cave for you. Close to a mountain village, this cave is rarely explored and is undeveloped. Ask the locals for directions and tips, and as always keep safety in mind as unexplored caves can be dangerous.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Diving in Pavlopetri

Considered the world’s oldest submerged city, Pavlopetri lies just off the coast of Laconia and boasts much archaeological significance. It may be off limits to casual divers, although a team of experts from the University of Nottingham in Britain have been given permission to study it more closely. There are many other natural underwater treasures to be discovered!

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.

Nea Anchialos, below Volos

Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone… You’ll find beaches with a unique reddish sand, suitable for sand-baths for people suffering from rheumatism, and golden sand beaches and rocky cliffs to dive from into the crystal waters. Here you will also find facilities for water sports, seaside restaurants as well as deckchairs and umbrellas to rent. Beware that at some parts of Nea Anchialos coastline, the sea shelves quite steeply downwards off the beach, so non-swimmers need to take care.

A Night in the Village of Valanidorrachi

One of the best opportunities to experience authentic Preveza is by attending this food festival that takes place in the village of Valanidorrachi. The local women give demonstrations and offer regional culinary staples such as bean soup, black-eyed pea salad and a variety of pies, all made using locally produced agricultural products.
Info: Katerina Dassi 6939-193-946

Aiakeion Patisserie, Aegina Town

It is located right on the waterfront and offering several creative spins featuring the nut including Fistikato made with pistachio paste, caramel and whole pistachios as well as Fistikini including powdered sugar, chopped pistachios and pomegranate juice. Also available are pistachio ‘spoon sweets’ and pistachio liqueur.

Avgotaraho

Considered a delicacy to foodies and fine diners, this appetizer is made from dried and salted fish roe which is preserved in wax casing and shaped into cylinders. Known as “Caviar of the Amvrakikos Gulf”, Avgotaraho from Preveza is made from the eggs of the Grey Mullet fish. Prices can reach up to 600 Euros per kilo, making it the most expensive food product and export of the country.

Kryopigi Tsipouro Festival

The region of Zalongou has long tradition of making the strong distilled drink known as “tsipouro”. It tastes a little like ouzo and is made from the grape skins left over from wine production. During the first week in November, the small village of Kryopigi hosts this event where spectators can watch as tsipouro is made and later, can enjoy the drink free accompanied by grilled meat and live music.
Info: 26820-51512

Preveza Sardine Festival

This unique celebration is usually held during the first week of August as part of the larger cultural festivities of the ‘Nikopolia’. It generally takes place in the courtyard of St. Andreas Castle where more than 15,000 people have gathered in recent years. More than two tons of Sardines and wine are served free to the public, who can also enjoy live music and dancing.
Info: 26820-25325, 26820-29917

The Central Market in Hania

If you want to see a city’s soul go to the market (also known as Dimotiki Agora). Hania’s Municipal market or ‘Agora’ is a bustling, lively center where tourists can rub shoulders with locals while meandering through the 76 small shops, restaurants, bakeries and stalls selling their fresh local products. A variety of bakeries and small restaurants serve up some of the freshest fare in the city. The restaurants may not be fancy but if it’s genuine Cretan cuisine you’re after, this is one of the best places to find it.

Ano Kerasia – Kerasia (map 1A – trail 1)

In this one hour (5.9km) walk downhill from Ano Kerasia to Kerasia, hikers can enjoy taking in stunning panoramic views of Lake Karla and the lush natural beauty of the local flora as its colours and varieties change significantly with the drop in altitude. The walk follows a combination of dirt roads and cobbled paths lovingly maintained by the North Pelion Information Centre. Start the day by exploring the abandoned village of Ano Kerasia, a village that was destroyed by Nazi forces in 1944 as it hosted the 54th E.L.A.S. (Greek People’s Liberation Army) Regiment. Stop to visit the Church of the Apostle Saints and the nearby chapel of Saint Athanasios, and finish with lunch or evening dinner in one of the tavernas of Kerasia, where you can sample local delicacies such as spit-roasted goat or lamb.

Kato Kalamaki – Lake Karla’s artificial wetland area (map 2B – trail 10)

A relatively easy walk that offers some great sights, this trail mainly leads you along flat roads and the western dike of Lake Karla, close to the artificial wetland area (created in a bid to help protect and promote the local natural life after the Lake was drained). It takes around 2-2.5 hours to get from Kato Kalamaki, where you will observe 12 water reservoirs, to the lake’s pumping station. Bird watchers will enjoy this route, as there are various great spots for sightings, while visitors can even stop to enjoy some fishing.

Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery (map 1A – trail 2)

A moderately challenging trek that takes around three hours one way (6.4km), this trail will lead you into the embrace of high shady forests, in a part of Mt Pelion that is characterized by steep green hillsides and cascading waterfalls. Apart from enjoying the beauty of this idyllic floral paradise, the walk will bring you to stupendous panoramic views of Mt Pelion’s north-western coastline and Lake Karla. Male hikers may visit the Flamouri Monastery, built in a fabulous location above the village of Veneto. Cyclists, mountaineers and horseback riding enthusiasts can also find recreation in the area around the village.

Kerasia – Sourvia Monastery (map 1A – trail 3)

This 8.9km walk, which takes around four hours one way, is similar to the Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery walk but considered far more challenging as it involves more hiking on narrow, upward and descending, footpaths. The trail will take you through gorgeous greenery, dramatic panoramas of Sourvia Monastery and its mountainous landscapes angling skyward, and encounters with the area’s fauna. You can also visit the chapel of Panagia Leshiani and the stone-arched bridge at Leshiani and enjoy drinking from natural springs in Kerasia and Leshiani.

Keramidi – Palaioskala (map 1B – trail 4)

This 17 km trail (around 5.5 hours walk) is one of the most scenic walks in the greater area of Lake Karla, starting from the quaintly traditional village of Keramidi. The restored cobblestone trail meanders through a lush forest of oak, chestnut, walnut and various species of Mediterranean maquis along the western slopes of Mt Pelion and Mt Mavrovouni, and offers you the chance to discover the archaeological site of Palaioskala, where remnants of a prehistoric human settlement have been unearthed. Hikers heading along National trail 02 are also likely to come across free-range herds of cows, goats and pigs.

Ano Kanali – Pyrgos (map 1B – trail 5)

The trail is part of the Natura 2000 sites of Karla-Mavrovouni-Kefalovryso-Velestino and Mt Mavrovouni, which are areas of rich biodiversity. Even expert hikers consider this trail difficult, chiefly because it covers more than 14 km (around five hours walk) in a single direction. However, if you plan ahead and opt to stop at various points of interest, you can make a great day of it. Regional authorities are working on numerous plans to revamp the area and add museums, ecological, hiking, riding, cycling and bird watching facilities and more. For now there are also lovely views of Lake Karla as well as stopovers at the chapels of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Paraskevi and Saint Athanasios in Ano Kanalia.

Glafyra – Saint Nikolaos of Kanalia (map 2A – trail 6)

A relatively easy hike that takes around two hours one way (7.9 km), the trail combines some vibrant mountain landscapes, interesting archaeological and religious sites, zones of geological and architectural attraction, agricultural fields and various scenic perspectives of Lake Karla. Glafyra, also called Kapourna, is a picturesque village mainly inhabited by farmers. Although the trail ends at Saint Nikolaos chapel, the village of Kanalia is one of the prettiest on the northwest side of Mt Pelion, built on the foundation of the acropolis of ancient Voeveis on the plains of Metochi – while there, don’t miss the Byzantine Church of Saint Nikolaos, declared a historical monument. Also to be enjoyed on this trail are the remarkable scenery of Lake Karla, together with its diverse flora and fauna.

Kanalia – Drakopigado (map 2A – trail 7)

A trail you can walk round trip in just over two hours (6.6km) but not with ease, as it’s not marked as a designated path and consists mainly of uphill trekking on narrow and rocky footpaths. The dense vegetation and gorgeous views of Lake Karla and the plain of Thessaly make it worthwhile, as does the a visit to the magnificent, vertical cave of Drakopigado (Dragon’s well). Start at the main square of Kanalia, otherwise known as ‘the women’s village,’ where two old-style fishing huts and a traditional boat can be found, and visit the Ecclesiastical Museum in the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Be careful not to confuse sheep and goat tracks with the walking path.

Chatzimisiotiki Magoula – Agios Athanasios hill (map 2A – trail 8)

Unlike most of the other trails in the area, which involve trekking high into the mountains, this trail takes you along Lake Karla’s southwestern shores, past picturesque wetlands and mountain landscapes. The trail is ideal in springtime but somewhat unpleasant in high summer when hot temperatures along the Rizomilos-Stefanovikeio plain can be stifling. Chatzimisiotiki Magoula is a former islet and prehistoric site, and only the beginning of a wonderful walk that includes great bird watching spots as well as several Mycenaean tombs along the southern shores of Lake Karla. St. Athanasios chapel, on top of a hill, is a great place to end, offering excellent views of Lake Karla, Thessaly’s plain, Mt Mavrovouni and, on a clear day, Mt Ossa and Mt Olympus.

Stefanovikeio – Petra (Skala) (map 2B – trail 9)

This 2.5 hour trail (7.5km) starts at was the base of Lake Karla’s administrative seat during the Ottoman occupation, and concludes at Petra, one of the area’s most important prehistoric sites. Along the trail you can visit the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Stefanovikeio and the remote chapel of Saint Paraskevi, while also soaking in wondrous panoramic views of the entire area from atop Petra, which is surrounded by Mt Mavrovouni, Mt Pelion and extensive agricultural fields.

Efhidas’ historical route

An important hiking event takes place in Viotia yearly, known as ‘the revival of the feat of Efhidas’ where the Greeks where victorious against the Persians. The myth says that Efhidas ran Delphi to bring back purified fire from the sanctuary of Apollo in a mere 24 hours and then died of exhaustion. Today, the 14-hour route is 107.5 kilometers and begins at Plataea, going through Kaparelli, Lefktra, Xironomi, Aghia Anna, Kyriaki, Stiri, Distomo and Arahova to reach Delphi. If you don’t want to try this amazing hike, you can go directly to Delphi and participate in the feast that takes place with dance, music and good local food.

Aegina Town – Kondos – Paleohora

One of the most unique routes is form Aegina to the fascinating site of Paleohora. It’s about seven kilometers and of low-medium difficulty. Along the way you’ll pass numerous churches and bypass the magnificent Agios Nectarios. Turn left at the village of Kondos the route begins an incline you move northward. You’ll finally arrive to a hillside dotted with old deserted churches and buildings. This is Palaiohora and it is a fascinating place to wander around and explore.

Anitseou – Mt. Hellanios-Paxia Rachi

Another more challenging hike is through the precipitous south central region of the island. You can start your hike at the village of Anitseou and continue northwestern until you reach another road to your left. Turn here and go on until you see signs leading to the site of Ellanios (Hellanios) Zeus, a ruined temple to the god at the top of Mt. Ellanios (commonly referred to as Oros). The hike is approximately 4 kilometers, of medium difficulty and the views from the summit are phenomenal.

Arethousa – Dokimi – Chrysostomos

This scenic path offers amazing views and a balanced mix of uphill and downhill walking. On the paved road starting from the church of Arethousa, we continue uphill towards the highest houses in the village. On our left, we will eventually see a sign indicating the start of the path towards the direction of Chrysostomos.

Central Ioannina

Kapesovo – Beloi Difficulty: Average Altitude variation: 900 – 1500 m Duration: 3 hours
Short and steep best describe the route beginning in the village of Kapesovo and taking walkers alongside the top of the Vikos Gorge. Your efforts will be rewarded at the endpoint of Beloi that offers spectacular views from its lookout point of the Vikos Gorge. Hikers are also likely to spot some majestic species of large birds of prey along their journey.

East side of Parnassos

Paranssos has been designated as a National Park as far back as 1938, full of rare flora and fauna. Animal species include woodpeckers, jackals, foxes, wild lizards, adders, wolves, badgers and wild boars. The south and east regions of the mountain have been designated as Natura 2000 regions. Wonderfully picturesque paths and summits grace the eastern side of Parnassos, including Liakoura, Mavra Litharia, Koukos, Tzarko and Gerodovrahos to name a few.

Eastern Ioannina

Aoos Lake – Tsouka Rosa – Aoos Lake Difficulty: Average Altitude variation – 1350 – 1980 – 1350 m
Duration: 6 hours
This circular trail leads followers past a small section of the beautiful Aoos Lake and continues through the mountains of Tsouka Rosa, where a spotting of wild brown bears or several birds of prey is possible. The route finishes where it started at Lake Aoos and is signposted as P4.

Ha Gorge

Definitely one in the category “do not try alone”, the Ha gorge is spectacularly set on the western side of Mt. Thripti, before depositing its walker east of the village of Vassiliki, Whilst only 1.5 Kms long, it is very narrow in places and has walls towering up to 300 metres above ones head.It is the perfect gorge for abseiling, but only the very experienced should try this, and even then, with a guide.

Hametoulo Gorge

A straightforward enough hike this, from the village of Hametoulo, to Xerokambos, on the south east coast. A number of gates have to passed through en-route (make sure you close them, as they’re there to keep sheep in). When you arrive at Hametoulo, make sure you don’t stray to far north or west of the village or the gorge, as the hill behind you is a military base.

Hiking in Mount Parnitha

There is a lack of landmarks for the 75 hiking paths on this mountain, but there is a guide called Footpaths of Mt. Parnitha and map by Road Editions that outline these hikes well.

Hiking in Pelion

This is a heavenly region for hiking, with numerous signposted stone-paved paths. Rich environments with lush greenery, mountains, valleys and interesting biodiversity await visitors. You will come across farms, monasteries, old buildings, springs and country churches along the way.

Hiking in Sounion National Park

Right outside Agios Konstantinos (Kamarizas) on the way to the church of Agia Triada is Chaos, a unique geological phenomenon in Attica. It is a large round gulch with a perimeter of roughly 500 meters and a depth of 70 meters.

Hiking in Trikeri

At the lower tip of Pelion:

Hiking in Ymittos (also Imittos or Hymettus)

Mount Hymettus is famous for its thyme-scented honey. It is covered with beautiful pine forest, impressive caves, historic monasteries and many marked footpaths, just a five or ten minute drive from downtown Athens.

Kapsa Gorge

This is a tough gorge to crack and should only be walked by experienced hikers, and never alone, as it can be dangerous in places. The waymarking is good, thankfully, but at one stage there’s a 10 metre climb, over practically sheer rock, to negotiate, with the aid of a piece of rope, which should be checked before use. Alternatively one can scramble across the scree which covers the hill surrounding the drop. An alternative name for the gorge is Perivolakia, as this is where it ends, some three to four hours after setting off.

Katsiouna and Haravla Caves

If you love hiking and spelunking, these twin caves near Messohora Village are perfect for you. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, you’ll enjoy searching for them and then exploring their beautiful chambers.

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Kritsa Gorge

Kritsa is a beautiful village, located some 9 Kms west of Aghios Nikolaos. Also known as the “Havga” gorge, it stretches for 13 Kms before depositing walkers at the village of Tapes. The descent is some 300 metres.

Lefka Ori (White Mountains)

A UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves site, the White Mountains offer an incredible opportunity for the hiker in both winter and summer. Generally regarded for its fantastic hiking, the White Mountains provide an ideal habitat for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts looking for species of large birds like Eagles and Vultures, the Golden Eagle and the Red-Billed Chough.

Mavrato – Kapsalino Castle – Karavostamo

This well-known path is in excellent condition and begins in the centre of the village Mavrato. From the town’s church, we turn left at the intersection and eventually arrive at the cemetery

Mavrato – Pounta

5 hours hiking this trail which cuts through the island from east to west and reaches its highest peaks, is the ultimate way to experience the real Ikaria. The route only briefly follows an official path, beginning along the trail marked “Mavrato-Kapsalino Castle”. Once reaching the stone shelter, a sign indicating directions can be seen.

Milonas Gorge

Seven Kilometres east of Ierapetra, the gorge of Milonas starts at an elevation of around 500 metres and ends on the south coast. Waterfalls form pools, along the gorge’s course, enabling the hiker to become swimmer.

Mount Elikonas

There are numerous hikes that have been outlined around Mount Elikonas and will allow you to get a real feel of the nature and life around this venerable mountain.

Nas – Raches – 2 hours

As one of the island’s most beautiful and unique routes, the path leading hikers from the seaside village of Nas to the mountainous region of Raches, never fails to impress. The path runs through the Gorge of Halari, alongside its eponymous river, the largest found on the island.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Northern Ioannina

Palioseli – Smolikas Difficulty: Average Duration: 4 hours
From the village of Palioseli, hikers will continue for a half hour on the path marked “Drakolimnes” until they reach the mountain refuge. From there it’s an uphill hike of two hours to Greece’s second highest mountain and the alpine lake.

Path No. 22

Linking the mountains of Parnassos and Parnitha, Path No. 22 begins at the village of Agoriani in Parnassos and winds its way through the mountains of Kirfi, Elikonas, Korombili, Kitheronas, and Pastra, continuing on to the Bafi refuge in Parnitha.

Paxia Rachi – Kapotides – Marathonas

Another option from Paxia Rachi is to head directly westward towards the coast. The road zigzags and you have the choice of heading northwards towards the small settlement of Kapotides or bypass and and continue on towards the seaside resort of Marathonas. This route is easy and covers 2 – 2.5 kilometers depending on whether or not you make the trek to Kapotides.

Paxia Rachi – Tsikides – Aegina

From Paxia Rachi you can exit the village heading northeast until you hit the main road again. Turn left here and you’ll pass the village of Tsikides and through plains and pistachio groves. Until you arrive in Aegina town. The route difficulty is easy-medium and covers approximately 7 kilometers.

Pefki Gorge

A lovely place is Pefki, and its gorge compliments it perfectly. A walk of about a kilometre on a path from the village, brings one into the pine-strewn (pefki is the Greek word for pine) gorge itself. It’s approximately six KMs from here to the coast, where the gorge deposits one at Makriyialos There are even a couple of stone benches en-route, for those who need a rest, or prefer just to savour the rarified atmosphere.

Pounta – Ammoudia (3.5 hours)

Continuing from where the Chrysostomos-Pounta trail ends, hikers venture on west, heading up the side of a ravine which lies across the church of Agios Dimitrios. Green markings and stone stacks indicate the beginning of the path.

Pounta – Chrysostomos – 3.5 hours

Historically made as a way to connect the western part of the island with its capital, this trail is one of the island’s most beautiful. The path’s starting point can be found at the chapel of Agios Dimitrios (indicated by a large sign) along the road from Evdilo towards Magganitis.

Pounta – Stavri – Magganitis 2.5 hours

From the Pounta – Ammoudia trail, we begin this route at the juncture of Stavri. Here, we follow the path to the left heading south, and continue downhill towards the steep mountainside. Here the trail has been cut into the rock and is hard to make out at some points.

Raches – Ammoudia – Magganitis (3 hours)

This route begins from the main square of Christos Raches and follows the characteristic red ‘footprints’ until the 9th marker. Here we turn left at the sign indicating Ammoudia and Magganitis. Continuing to follow the red footprints, we pass farmhouses and cross the dirt road, heading up the mountainside and following the stonewall which leads into the forest.

Route 1: Profitis Ilias to the harbor

This uphill journey begins from Hydra Town harbor and meanders its way up the island’s highest point, a hill where the monastery of Profitis Ilias lies. You’ll need to follow the town’s main street (Miaoulis). Past the horse stables, a road with three lanes and lined with trees, leading to the Church of Agios Konstantinos. Instead of reaching the church, take the first left (almost a U turn) upwards and follow along until you notice a vague trail veering off towards the left.

Route 2: Zourvas Monastery to the Lighthouse

This is one of Hydra’s most challenging yet beautiful trails. It takes a while, so plenty of water and snacks are ideal. Due to difficult signage and overall difficulty, it is highly recommended that you take the water taxi to the monastery and begin your hike from there, rather than arduously trying to reach it and being exhausted before the real route even begins!

Route 3: Hydra Town to Episkopi

This is a great path to take in the warmer months, as it’s the flattest of all three and it passes several beaches along the way. Leave Hydra Town by following the coast towards the coastal hamlet of Kamini, and once you reach its beach, continue along the dirt road to Vlihos.

Southern Ioannina

Sistrouni – Souli Difficulty: Average Altitude variation: 500 – 600 m Duration: 4 hours
Hikers following this route will begin in the village of Souli, known for its strong resistance and fighting against the Turks during the Greek War of Independence. The path continues through the foothills of Mt. Souli and walkers may catch a glimpse of one of the few herds of wild, free ranging horses in the region. The trail passes the remains of an ancient acropolis dating back to the 4th century BC, just outside the village of Sistrouni.

The Alpinists’ call

In the fall of every year the alpine associations of the region and local organizations organize the ‘Alpinists’ Call’ for people to embark on a different hiking path each time. Enquire about it locally if you’re there during the fall.

Tour of Raches

Undoubtedly Ikaria’s most popular trail, this circuit takes hikers on a grand tour of the region of Raches. Starting along the central road just outside Armenistis, (just behind the ‘Pleiades’ club) this path covers a distance of 25klm. The route is extremely well marked, with shapes of small red footprints showing hikers the way. The path was created and continues to be maintained by the Raches Resident Council, who have also made an exceptional map of the trail and wider Raches area. The map can be purchased throughout several press agents on the island. The trail itself is considered easy, and intersects many other trails along the way.

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

Zakros Gorge (The Valley of the Dead)

A wonderful, relatively easy, walking experience greets the hiker, which ever direction one chooses to walk the Zakros gorge. There are at least three entry/exit points, at, or close to the village of Ano (Upper) Zakros, and the route down is spectacular in the extreme, depositing one at Kato (Lower) Zakros,replete with its own Minoan “palace”, lovely beaches, and accommodation aplenty. If one chooses to walk east to west, Ano Zakros has a nice, rather old-fashioned hotel, so there should be no problem with where to lay ones head for the evening, though in the height of summer, do book-up in advance. Interesting features along the gorge, include a Roman aqueduct, and if one looks up, caves where the bodies of humans dating back to Neolithic times were discovered.

Bougatinas Mountain Refuge, Proti

Along national hiking Route 04, the mountain-climbing shelter, run by the Serres branch of the Hellenic Alpine Club (EOS), sits at an altitude of 1956 metres on Mt Pangeo.

Lefka Ori (White Mountains)

A UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves site, the White Mountains offer an incredible opportunity for the hiker in both winter and summer. Generally regarded for its fantastic hiking, the White Mountains provide an ideal habitat for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts looking for species of large birds like Eagles and Vultures, the Golden Eagle and the Red-Billed Chough.

Mt. Dirfys

Evia’s tallest mountain is logically also the best spot for mountain climbing throughout the island. Reaching 1743 m., the climb to its summit is considered more of a challenging hike, and its unique position between the Euboean Gulf and Aegean Sea causes it to experience weather similar to that of much higher altitudes, causing inexperienced climbers to turn back due to conditions. Expect snow in winter and a cool climate in the warmer months.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Piperi Islet

Check out the Piperi islet, at the northern side of Serifos, which has the ideal topography for mountain climbing.

Shelter Olympia Lailias

Just 3km away from the Lailias Ski Centre, the Hellenic Alpine Club runs this shelter at an altitude of 1500 metres on Mt Vrondos. It also runs a summer camp for children 8-15 years old with activities taking place in the Lialias Forest. (Operated by HAC Serres)

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

Verekinthos Arts and Crafts Village

Nestled between Souda and Tsikalaria is this exquisite little village that has grown into a model for artists everywhere.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Kerkini Wetland Information Center, Kerkini

Make a quick stop here to learn how the lake was created and what is being done to preserve and protect it for future generations. Using traditional boats called ‘plaves’, visitors can experience the beauty of the water on the lake at a safe distance from the birds, enjoying the wet forest and birdwatching at the same time, all year round.

Ski resort Laila

The Lailias ski centre, operating from December to March and managed by the Hellenic Alpine Club of Serres, is located 27 miles from that city high atop Mt Vrontos at an altitude ranging from 1850 meters to 1600 meters. It has one slope of moderate difficulty as well as a lift that can serve 700 people an hour. The longest slope (1250 m) starts out as red (difficult) and then continues as blue (experienced). It is named after Macedonian revolutionary war hero Emmanuel Pappas. There is also one baby lift serving the learning slopes, ski school and first aid station. The centre is famous for its Lang-Lauf courses, making it one of the best resorts in Greece for the sport. The wood and stone ski lodge has all modern facilities, including restaurants with local delicacies and ski rentals. The centre offers night skiing every Saturday night.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Mainalo mountain

Across a large part of the Mainalo mountain range, there is the ski centre of Ostrakina, at an altitude of 1600 meters. It has eight slopes, some of which are considered challenging to negotiate. Three sliding one-seat lifts and one baby lift take skiers to the slopes. Onsite there is a snowboard park with a jump slope and a skiing/snowboarding school. There is also a store to rent ski equipment. This is the closest ski resort to Athens, with daily bus transfers from the capital in winter. Note that the European Path E4 passes from Ostrakina too. The resort is only 29 kilometres away from Tripoli and very close to the village of Kardaras.

Kalavrita ski resort

The Kalavrita ski resort is considered the second largest in Greece, located on Mount Chelmos (or Helmos) among fir trees and a rocky alpine landscape, hovering between 1,700 meters and 2,340 meters. It is also one of the most organized ski centres in the country with 12 ski runs spread over 20 kilometres, along with two chair lifts and five ski lifts. For advanced skiers, the Styga runs are considered quite challenging and particularly attractive.

Thermes beach

Thermes beach is a popular destination for the locals who enjoy soaking in the warm thermal springs that bubble into the sea from the mountain. The landscape is breathtaking as well, so combine a therapeutic swim with views of a dramatically rugged shoreline.

Agios Giannis Hot Springs (Lisvori Village)

These therapeutic springs are ideal for anyone who wants to ease their muscles and enjoy a wonderful locale. Lesvos’ many hot springs puts the island on the map when it comes to alternative tourism, and the Agios Giannis hot springs contain many beneficial minerals.

Church of Ioannis Prodromos, Kirra

In Kirra, there is the small church of Ioannis Prodromos (or John the Baptist) is well known for its thermal spring or ‘Agioneri’ which is said to help alleviate stomach problems.

Eftalou Hot Springs (Molyvo Town)

When you explore this beautiful medieval village and its enchanting castle and artsy ateliers, stop by the hot springs. Their temperature, ranging from 43-46˚C, is ideal for many ailments as well. These springs are popular and a vibrant part of tourism in Lesvos.

Hot Springs of Lefkada, Glaredo

Near the village of Glaredo a few kilometres west of Agios Kyrikos lie the thermal springs of Thero and Hilio-Thermo. The municipality has used large boulders to section off the coastal springs from the sea, creating a natural pool overlooking the waves. The characteristic red-coloured sand contains properties which treat and cure several different dermatological conditions. Access to the springs is free and easy, either on foot, by bicycle, or with a vehicle, thanks to the paved road which runs just above it from Agios Kyrikos.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy

Headed by the esteemed Dr. Vithoulkas who has won awards for his dedication to homeopathy, the academy is housed in a lovely traditional building and trains students to become competent homeopaths in line with the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Kamena Vourla

The coastal town of Kamena Vourla also offers a resort where spring waters that are said to heal a variety of ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spondylitis, neuritis, lumbago, sciatica and more. The resort is managed by Mitsis Hotels, offering hydrotherapy and balneotherapy, as well as luxury spa facilities in the hotel (+30 22350 22245).

Kirtoni

In Kirtoni not far from the tower of Kolaka there is the ancient fountain of Kamini. Nearby in Kaminaki there is a rock with religious significance, with springs that release healing waters.

Loutropoli Thermis Hot Mineral Springs (Therma Village)

These mineral springs will astound you with their calming effects and wonderful infrastructure. They date back centuries, so you can combine your therapeutic dip with a look back in history. Admire the building as you rest, and enjoy the high quality mineral springs.

Municipal Thermal Baths

Eighty-four individual spas along with large interior and exterior pools are housed in the newly built complex of Aidipsos’ public baths. Special customized treatments targeting the neck and limbs are also available as well as a movement therapy pool and gym.

Natural Mineral Springs at Agistro

Near the Promachonas border with Bulgaria, this is the oldest hamam in Greece, built in 950 AD. Hugely atmospheric, it is set amid wild landscape known for its honey and trout. The water temperature is 40.5 degrees, said to cure arthritis and dermatological ailments.

Oskla Anogeio

Located in the village of Anogeio within the eponymous district.

Pighi Spa and hot Springs, Siderokastro

Located 6 kms from Siderokastro and 25 km north of Serres, this spa is divided in 3 parts with two hamams from the Byzantine era for men and women, as well as hydrotherapy rooms and private baths. The water is a steady 45 degrees. Spa hotel available.

Platystomo

In a verdant area not far from the town of Makrakomi and near the remains of ancient Fthia, the spa and springs at Platystomo are said to help relieve uric acid certain kinds of kidney stones (calcium oxalate, but not calcium phosphate), as well as gallstones and gallbladder problems. They are also good for arthritis, nutritional ailments and digestive problems such as colitis, hyperchloridia and constipation caused by bile deficiency.

Polichnitos Thermal Springs (Polichnitos Village)

If you want to experience a one-of-a-kind thermal dip, Polichnitos Thermal Springs are the ideal place. They boast the hottest temperatures in Europe for thermal springs and are chlorinated to optimal levels of radioactivity. You’ll also love their rustic local and stone-built infrastructure.

Preveza beach (Kyani akti)

Here there are springs located at the north end of the beach just outside the city of Preveza.

Loutra (baths) of Irea

The Loutra (baths) of the village of Irea near ancient Irea and the municipality by the same name has become an important healing centre. Hot springs with sulphurous waters here have been known to treat ailments like rheumatism, arthritis, liver problems, circulatory ailments, nervous-system disorders, gynaecological problems and many others. There is also a hydrotherapeutic centre at the village open from mid june to mid October, with luxury-level baths and cabins, including hydromassage facilities. To reach the area head there from Dimitsana and Ilia through the Pyrgos-Tripoli highway, via Ladonas bridge near Charitzinou. You will find the village 12 kilometers southwest of Paloumba.

Springs of Gouvas (Lourou)

In the small village of Gouvas within the Louros district, you’ll find two springs, though only one is still operating.

Springs of Sambali

Located in the village of Gorgomylo in the district of Anogeio.

Springs of Yeroplatanou

These springs are Located in the village of Gorgomylo in the district of Anogeio.

Therma, outside Nigrita

The water of Therma is famed throughout Greece for its medicinal qualities. The onsite spa is open from July through October and private baths are available for the therapy of rheumatism, arthritis, back problems, lumbago and dermatological problems.

Therma Springs, Gulf of Gera (Mytilini village)

With temperatures stable at around 40˚C, these hot springs contain many therapeutic minerals that help with a variety of ailments. Enjoy the wonderful scenery and the close proximity to the island’s capital as it’s an extra incentive to put these springs on your itinerary.

Thermal Springs

Thermal springs are located outside the seaside town of Kymi along Evia’s Aegean coastline. The first is run by the municipality and is cool for spring standards, with water temperatures hovering around 14 º Celsius. This spring is recommended for bathers suffering from kidney disorders. The second is used exclusively for bottling and is not open for bathing. Both are located at an altitude of 180 m.

Thermal Springs, Loutraki

The waters here are famous for their curative properties, and the hot springs under the Mediterranean sky will relax and amaze you at the same time.

Thermal Springs of Asklipios – Agios Kyrikos

The public Hydrotherapy centre of Asklipios is located within Ikaria’s capital city of Agios Kyrikos, next to the police station. All four hydrotherapy centres have been completely remodeled and represent some of the country’s most modern thermal spring treatment centres. Fully equipped with ramps, the springs are accessible to all visitors. Well-trained personnel can be found at each centre, offering their expertise and assistance to address any need which may arise.

Thermal Springs Spilaio, Therma

The public spring is located inside a natural cave on the beach of Therma, right next to the marina.

Thermopyles

Also known as Thermopylae, these historic mineral springs and waterfalls are said to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, gynaecological disorders, neurological ailments, respiratory problems including bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Ypati

This town is a health resort in itself and has a spa centre, with guests staying in surrounding hotels. The area is very natural and green, while the spa waters are said to cure coronary ailments, vascular disorders, phlebitis, heart problems, eczema, dermatitis, arthritis, muscle atrophy and more.

Tsoukala Beach

Located just west of Skepsi beach lies the pebbly beach of Tsoukala. It’s along the road from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrtis and is also close to Lefkada. Shade is provided by trees backing the beach, and a coffee bar can be found just metres away.

Acherounes Beach

On the western side of the island, this beach has soft sand and lovely water, attracting a lot of attention. An advantage here is that it is not as windy as other beaches, with food options nearby. Visit the church of Panagia Meglou since you’re here.

Achili Beach

Also known as Ormos Achilis, this once virgin beach was tainted by efforts to turn it into a tourist marina. This project did not succeed and today it is deserted. Some parts are still attractive to visit though.

Aeginitissa

The small village of Aeginitissa on the the west coast is located 3 kilometers north of Perdika on the coastal road which leads to Aegina town. The beach is sandy and set in a lovely cove surrounded by trees. There are umbrellas and sun loungers available and the sunsets here are some of the best on the island.

Afandou

This long pebbly bay is 22 kilometres south-east from Rhodes, near the village of the same name. Parts are developed with tourist facilities and services but it is big enough for everyone and its deep water is the clearest and often the freshest on the island.

Afissos, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

This is a well-known resort area but still not very busy. There are beaches with olive groves and much vegetation, such as Kallifteri, Lagoudi and Ambovos. In Afissos, the mansions of captains who shipped olive oil, olives and silk to Egypt, Constantinople, and Romania still stand.

Agalou Lakka, Northwest

The last in a row of beaches on the northwest coast that can be reached by land. The difficult drive there is balanced by the beautiful scenery. This is a stony beach with a more rugged look beautiful in its own way, well-appreciated by adventurous nature lovers.

Agathi

A picturesque cove, near the beach of Haraki and the medieval castle of Feraklos, 38 kilometres south-east of Rhodes City. Nearby is the Kokkino Ammo (red sand) beach favoured by locals.

Aghia Markela Beach

Located around 4km from Vathi.

Aghios Nikolaos

Several beaches can be found here and hereabouts, including the following:

Agia Anna Beach

As one of the most popular resorts throughout the entire island of Evia, Agia Anna attracts thousands of tourists each year. Its long sandy beach stretches kilometre after kilometre and is backed by countless tavernas, beach bars and rooms. As is the case with Pefki, it’s better to visit during the low season if you are not fond of crowds.

Agia Barbara-Marta beach (Kavo)

This beach is a perennial favourite.

Agia Marina

The popular package resort of Agia Marina along the Eastern coast has a nice beach but during July and August you’re more likely to drown in the crowds on the beach than in the water. The beach does offer a variety of marine activities such as windsurfing, canoeing and paddle boating, however its best to avoid this beach outside the high season.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii Saranta, located slightly north of Agios Ioannis is another famous beach in the region, and one that attracts a large number of visitors from all over the Pelion peninsula.

Agiofili beach (near Vasiliki village)

If you’re looking for an exotic but secluded sandy beach, this was made for you. You must follow a path from Vasiliki to reach this gem of a beach. From here, you can also enjoy a dip in Ammousa bay.

Agiokampos, Larissa

Clean, wide, fun and beautiful Agiokapos beach connects with Sotiritsa and Velika beaches in a 14 km stretch of Blue Flag awarded coastline. The beaches, which are on the southern coast of Larissa, also have two child-friendly camping facilities and nearby tennis and basketball courts. At Velika you can also enjoy the shade of lush trees, while at Agiokampos you can hop on a boat and visit the sea caves in Veneto and the beaches of Magnesia.

Agios Ermogennis Beach (near Mytilini Town)

This tucked away cove with its cool blue waters and bright white stony shore will remind you of an exotic island. Trees practically tickle the water, while the beach itself is perfect for lounging around or spending the day. It gets crowded during peak times, but it’s worth a dip.

Agios Fokas, south of Atsitsa

Here is a more secluded pebbly/sandy beach that looks like a lake, set among pine trees. There a small church on the shore and a taverna to eat, offering just a small hint of civilization in this remote corner. You can get here through pine forests from Pefkos village.

Agios Georgios Argiradon (near Argiradon village)

Visit this sandy beach as it’s popular with families.

Agios Georgios, Beach

Also known as Ai Giorgis, this sandy beach can be found in the eastern part of the island. Unorganized and secluded, it’s great for those looking to get away from the crowds.

Agios Gordios Sinaradon beach (Sinarades)

If you like sandy beaches with a lot of action and water sports, this beach is for you.

Agios Ioannis beach

Agios Ioannis beach (east of Hora) in Porto offers a lot of restaurants and hotels, as well as a little harbour with a sandy beach

Agios Ioannis beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This beach won the Blue Flag award for its cleanliness almost every year since 1996. This is a more organized tourist settlement but gets busy mostly in August. There are restaurants and little hotels all around.

Agios Ioannis Eleimonas

In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea, and concealed between verdant hills that end in rocky cliffs, this pebble and gold sand beach is a little wild, and wonderful to the eye. The beach is nudist-friendly.

Agios Ioannis Peristeron beach (near Moriatiki)

Lush dark sand and blue-green waters invite you to enjoy a quiet swim.

Agios Isidoros Beach (Agios Isidoros village, near Plomari Village)

Bright white pebbles, blue-green waves and an underwater rock-reef ecosystem make this beach a favorite and one of the prettiest. If you like windsurfing or other watersports, there are shops with all the necessary amenities. Perfect for kids – and the marine life provides an excellent introduction to the island’s vibrant ecosystems.

Agios Kyrikos Beach

This rocky beach beside the island’s main port, is a great choice for those staying in the capital and looking for a quick dip.

Agios Markos beach

Agios Markos beach in Kionia is sandy and clean, with some umbrellas, trees and not far from the main town of Tinos.

Agios Minas

One of the most gorgeous pebbly beaches on the island, this beach is surrounded by rocky hills and shrubs. Mostly deserted, great if you have a boat to explore. Access also by dirt road.

Agios Nikolaos (Arkasa)

Here’s a well-organized beach near the big village of Arkasa on the western side of the island, 15 km north of Pigadia. White sand, shallow waters and delicious little restaurants (tavernas) serving seafood and local cuisine.

Agios Nikolaos beach, Hydra

This beautiful beach features clear, blue waters and is partially organized. You can reach it by boats which leave from the harbor. It’s located on the island’s southwest side.

Agios Nikolaos Beach (near Argostoli Town)

If you love sandy beaches and exotic seas, this beach is a must for you. It’s quiet and offers you beautiful views of pine and olive groves. If you like to explore while swimming, there are underwater rocks that make for interesting dives.

Agios Nikolaos (Spoa)

The beach of Agios Nikolaos near the village of Spoa has won accolades for its clean waters. There are umbrellas, beach chairs, and a little restaurant, all in a serene environment.

Agios Petros Beach

With sand, evergreen pine trees on the surrounding hills and cedar trees nearby make this lesser known beach a wonder to visit. Good for kayaking too. The beach is not far from Atsitsa.

Agios Romanos

Agios Romanos features a sandy beach that is quieter than others, as well as one nice tavern.

Agios Sostis

Agios Sostis is quite popular and has very clean water, also with tavernas on the beach. It lies some 5 kilometers southeast of Hora.

Agios Spyridon beach (near Antinioti Lagoon)

You can swim to a small island opposite this beach if you’re adventurous or go for a dip after birdwatching at the Lagoon.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

Perfect if you love snorkeling, its rocky underwater landscape will give you much to explore. If you’d rather take a swim, you’ll be stunned by the view of beautiful Kastri Islet.

Agios Vasilios Beach

Lush greenery and pine trees surround this wonderful beach which has a lot of fish taverns, as well as opportunities for canoeing.

Agni beach (Agni)

This quiet cove offers crystal-clear waters and the opportunity for a relaxing swim.

Ahata or Achata

A quiet and pretty beach some 13 km from the capital. Sandy and pebbly with gorgeous waters, surrounded by mountains and greenery. There’s a small ‘taverna’ for food.

Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.

Ai Sostis

This small rocky cove features soft sand and clean water to those who make the effort to find it. It’s a welcome respite for swimmers looking to relax away from the crowds.

Ai Yannis Beach

Embraced by verdant seaside hills and very close to Makryialos, this gold sand beach is peaceful and picturesque.

Ai Yiannaki

This small pebble beach lies just before the main beaches of Parga. It’s a lovely place surrounded by green and offering its visitors peace and quiet.

Aktaio Beach, Rio

Spanning 850 meters, this sandy beach was nominated as a blue flag one recently and varies in width between 20 and 40 meters. The municipality of Rio sometimes organizes events but also eco activities such as beach cleaning.

Akti Nireos

Along the 12 klm. stretch between Amarynthos and Aliveri lays the Akti or coast of Nireos, named after a sea divinity before the time of his better known counterpart Poseidon. Calmer than Eretria and Amarynthos, this bathing spot features natural shade provided by the tamarisk trees backing it and clean water with a beach of course sand.

Aliki Kitrous Beach

A natural one kimoleter long harbour where sailors and fishermen leave their boats. Also neighboring an internationally well known wetland.

Almyropotamos Beach

Despite the fact that it lies next to the port connecting Agios Dimitrios with the mainland, the sandy beach of Almyropotamos is extremely clean and very popular with swimmers. Bars, tavernas and hotels line the road behind the beach, though quiet spots can be found.

Alonaki Fanariou

This enclosed bay is popular with the younger crowd and has an almost exotic feel to it. The light blue water and white rocks provide a beautiful contrast and the fact that it’s unorganized keeps the noise levels down. There is no bus service here, but if you have your own vehicle, parking is available. You can also arrive by boat.

Alonaki Prevezas

If you’re looking to mingle, the sandy beach of Alonaki is the place to be during the warm months. It’s the first beach along the Ionian coast from the west side of the peninsula and close to both the city and the site of Nikopolis.Backed by hotels and tavernas, there are several sections that offer sun beds and umbrellas. Changing rooms and showers are also available, as are concession stands and beach bars. Being a mere 2 kilometres from the city centre means that the place can get crowded quickly, so if you’re looking for some relaxation its best to head out in the morning.

Alykes Drosia

This long expansive beach along Evia’s mainland strip is very popular with campers and those staying in one of the many hotels within the area. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for company and the beach itself is organised and clean.

Alyki Beach, Aigio

A pebbly beach that’s one kilometre long, Alyki or Aliki is about 10 meters wide and features many trees around. Importantly, there is a wetland only 500 meters away, attracting over 230 species of birds every year. The area falls under the Natura 2000 network. No sports facilities are available at this beach.

Amarynthos

Within the last two centuries, prehistoric settlements dating before 3000 BC have been unearthed here, as well as numerous artefacts from a variety of regions and cultures, confirming that Amarynthos was an important trading centre during ancient times. Many of the archaeological discoveries have been found on the hill above the natural harbour as well as throughout the wider area.

Ammos, Afoti, Vronti

These three sandy beaches near Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos, offer clean waters, different watersports, good food and sea-side restaurants. They are most popular and happening, so not ideal for those seeking privacy.

Anaxos Ambelia Beach (near Anaxos Village)

This beautiful beach will take you back to a time when Lesvos didn’t have any tourism infrastructure. With a rugged landscape and crystal clear waters, this beach offers huge stretches of sandy shores. It’s remote, so you’ll feel like you’re on your own. Windsurfers, this is the place for you to enjoy your sport.

Anefandi Beach

The turquoise water of Anefandi contrasts beautifully with the white pebbles on its shore. Just east of Therma, you’ll find it between Kerame and Nyfi beaches.

Antikyra beaches

The whole antikyra region offers great beaches, with the beach of Agios Isidoros being awarded a Blue Flag or its cleanliness. You can also swim near in the area of “Koutrou Port”

Antisamos Beach (near Dihalia village)

Locals and visitors alike are always stunned by the beauty of this beach. Clear blue waves lap up against a white pebble shore that’s framed by lush green forests and countryside. If you love water sports, this is the place to go.

Apella

Considered one of the nicest beaches on the island with stunning waters. Easier to access by boat than by road. Not much else apart from the gorgeous beach though.

Apitikou beach (near Emborio)

This secluded, almost tucked-away beach is perfect if you like to feel like you’re the only person in the world. Its pebbly shore and clear blue waters will reward you for your half-hour hike there.

Archampoli Beach

This magnificent hidden beach is the just reward of those who traverse the eponymous gorge leading up to it. The large cliffs on either side combined with the deep blue-green waters add to the beaches’ beauty and remoteness.

Argilopotamos

The name of this beach means ‘Clay River’, boasting white sand, shallow waters and big waves that are great for surfing. A beach canteen onsite comes in handy.

Arillas beach (in Arillas)

You won’t forget this beautiful beach on the north-west coast. Families enjoy splashing in the crystal-clear waters and end up spending the day lounging on golden stretches of sand.

Aris Beach (Karavostamo)

This beach lies just outside the village of Karavostamo, in the northern part of Ikaria. It takes its name from the eponymous river which flows behind it, creating a unique wetland.

Aristonafton Beach, Xylokastro

About 800 meters of coastline await visitors with pine trees and flowers that resist the salt (Cacile maritime and Mathiola Tricuspidata).

Armenistis Beach, Ikaria

This pebbly beach is located in one of the island’s most popular resorts. It’s a small cove with umbrellas and other amenities nearby.

Armirichi Beach

Another contender for Evia’s best beach was the site of a commercial for the Greek beer, Mythos. It’s a very small, hidden cove featuring turquoise waters and fine sand. A small taverna lies just behind the beach.

Around Desfina

This is the least known part of Fokida. Beaches in the Desfina peninsula are quiet yet difficult to get to. Explore Stenos, then more remote corners like Sikia, Prosakos, Agios Andrias and beyond Agios Nikolas. Settlements are not connected to each other by the coastal road, so some backtracking is required.

Around Galaxidi

Right in Galaxidi there’s Kalafati beach with some locals, close to seafood restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach near Agios Vassilis, with sandy shores and hidden rocky coves. Closer to Galaxidi though not as beautiful is a quiet beach next to the hotel school at the very edge of town behind the hill.

Around Itea

Itea has two beaches: Trocadero and Miami, once holders of Blue Flags, so quite clean. These gather a lot of Greek tourists, and can be noisy at times although pretty. Other good beaches include Nafsika and Evaggelistria. Not far are the beaches of Kirra including the organized beach of Vrachakia with water sports.

Aspous Beach

An interesting beach with rocks by the water that are great to sit on. You will need an umbrella and sunscreen. It’s not the prettiest beach on the island and a bit shallow, but good if you’re staying nearby or are passing through.

Aspres Beach

With turquoise waters and embraced by rocks with a striking morphology, Aspres is ideal for snorkeling and chilling out. There are no umbrellas or sunbeds, and there is one taverna. In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea.

Aspri Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip, take in the sun and immerse yourself in the caress of stunning crystal-clear green waters. It’s one of the best beaches, and not only is it a quiet place for solitary swims, but you’ll also be thrilled with the wonderful views of the nearby monastery. It’s also very close to town, so you can take a break from exploring and go for a relaxing swim.

Astakos Beach

Here’s a picturesque and quiet coastal down built on the mountainside, with a wonderful beach below. This is not a busy beach generally, and the town is close enough for a meal, a rest or even a calm, beach-side stay for a couple of days. Remains of Venetian castles, ancient Astakos and Cyclops cave are a plus.

Atheras Beach (Athera village)

If your ideal swimming spot consists of a beautiful white-sand beach and aqua-marine water, Atheras is a must-see. It’s kept a secret by the locals, and as such you’ll feel like you’re the only person there. Visit St. Spyridon Church nearby.

Atsipades Beach

This beautiful, undiscovered beach can be found in the eastern part of the island and is perfect for those looking for some privacy.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Avlaki Beach, Ikaria

Taking its name from the eponymous village it lies next to, this beautiful beach is found along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Avlakia Beach

Around 12km from Vathi, along the road to Karlovassi, the beach is surrounded by greenery and facing pine-covered hills. It has cool, fresh sea water ideal for an invigorating swim. There are a small tavern and little hotel nearby.

Ayios Dimitrios, Southeast

Lies far away on the southeast coast, 15 km from Patitiri, past the fishing village of Steni Vala. This is the largest beach on the island and convex in shape forming a double beach, with a winter lake behind it that attracts migrating birds. Many consider it the best

Balos Beach

A large pebble beach with a clean waters, and sandy patch further towards one end, Balos is peaceful as it’s not near the road. There are a limited number of umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and a few tavernas, among them a Cypriot restaurant. The beach has a little cave as well as a small modern church.

Barbati beach (near Spartylas)

Barbati is a large Blue-Flag beach that’s popular with families.

Beach of Ammoudia

The pebble beach of Ammoudia lies in a small, shallow bay not far from the village with the same name. The beach itself isn’t so spectacular but it’s close to here that the Acherontas River spills into the Ionian Sea. This is where boats carrying visitors to the “Oracle of the dead” enter the river and the beach is a welcome sight to hikers who have followed the river down from Glyki on foot. Snack bars and showers are available and a bus service from both Preveza and Parga stops here as well. You may also arrive by boat or on foot and parking is available to those with cars.

Beach of Artolithia

This quiet rocky beach is great for those looking to relax under the sun but what makes it unique are the strange rock formations located here. It’s serviced by bus and you can also reach it by boat. Make sure to bring provisions if you plan on staying long, since there are no snack bars on site.

Beach of Kanali

Enjoy the waves and windsurfing without the crowds at Kanali. It’s virtually a continuation of Monolithi without all of the development and people. Though you won’t be alone, it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for some room to stretch out on the sand. There are a few snack bars along the beach as well as showers and changing rooms.

Beach of Kastrosykia

The beach of Kastrosykia lies near the mountain of Zalongo and the site of Ancient Kassopi, so it’s a great option for cooling off after some hiking in the area. The water is deep just like the surrounding beaches though without the big waves. Changing rooms, showers and snack bars are on site and it can be reached by boat or vehicle. Buses stop here as well.

Beach of Kerentza

A great option for selective swimmers is the Beach of Kerentza, which offers clean shallow water and greenery all around. It’s a sheltered bay, so even on windy days the sea here remains relatively calm. The absence of a decent road leading to the bay means bathers can only reach it on foot or by boat, another plus to those looking to avoid the crowds!

Beach of Kryoneri

As the central beach of Parga, it’s no wonder that sun loungers fill up quickly here. Thankfully, the beach is large enough for everyone to have some space and admire the natural beauty of Parga’s second bay. The island of Panagia is adjacent to the beach and is an easy swim for explorers. From the beach you can also see the Venetian Castle of Parga overlooking the harbour. Kryoneri lays mere footsteps from the town, but if you’re staying somewhere else, buses make a stop here on the way to the city centre. Families love the convenience of the beach here, but the water becomes deep quickly, so parents should keep an eye out for little ones.

Beach of Lichnos

The large beach of Lichnos is one of three bays that surround the beautiful seaside town of Parga. Lichnos is the first of Parga’s beaches coming from Preveza and buses from town make frequent stops here. Sun beds and umbrellas line the beach which does fill up quickly in summer. Explorers can check out the Cave of Aphrodite to the left of the beach. A boat is needed to reach there but once you arrive you can enjoy swimming in the same waters that Aphrodite supposedly bathed.

Beach of Loutsa

This large strip of sand is popular with all age groups, though the water becomes deep abruptly, so families with small children should keep this in mind when visiting. The beach itself is lovely, but it’s actually the tavernas which back the beach that Loutsa gets its fame from. Here, visitors can savour some of the freshest fish in the region. The bus makes a stop here and it’s also possible to arrive by boat.

Beach of Lygia

With the Forest of Lekatsa and the Castle of Riniasis behind it, Lygia beach is a great option for those in search of some peace and quiet. The water here is crystal clear and the sand is fine and golden. The beach isn’t organised though changing rooms are available and snack bars lie just a few meters from the beach. It’s along the Preveza – Parga bus route and travellers can also arrive by boat.

Beach of Monolithi

Located just 8 kilometres from Preveza lay this immense stretch of beach that stretches 5 kilometres until the settlement of Kanali. It’s very popular with sports enthusiasts and windsurfers, as the water here is deep and large waves are a frequent occurrence. The presence of beach bars and tavernas as well as several hotels gives it a similar feel to Alonaki. Changing rooms, showers and parking is available and buses from Preveza make a stop here as well.

Beach of Mytikas

This beach just 5 kilometres north of Preveza is both sandy and rocky at different parts and lies close to the ancient site of Nikopoli. It features a snack bar and showers and can be reached by foot or vehicle. Parking is available and it is also serviced by bus.

Beach of Sarakiniko

The beautiful shades of blue displayed within the waters at Sarakiniko have swimmers returning year after year. The beach itself is both sandy and pebbly in different areas and the water is shallow. A snack bar and showers are available at the back of the beach. Unfortunately, the roads leading to the beach are not maintained well, so you may want to look into arriving by boat.

Beach of Valtos

The sandy beach of Valtos features emerald water and various water sports to those who visit. It’s the last and largest of Parga’s beaches and less visited than the previous beaches of Lichnos and Krioneri. It’s popular with windsurfers and the younger crowd. Here bathers can enjoy views of the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos in the distance. In the summer a daily boat service is offered to those islands as well. Snack bars and showers are available and sun loungers can be found along different areas of the beach. The buses from Parga make stops here and parking is available for those who come by car.

Beach of Vrahos

Vrahos beach is one of the best along the coast stretching from Preveza to Parga. The soft golden sand and shallow turquoise water make it popular with just about everyone, though not too popular. Sun loungers and umbrellas exist in some sections but it’s unorganized for the most part.

Bisti beach, Hydra

Within Hydra’s most northwestern gulf lies the beach of Bitsi, with blue-green waters and several pine trees. The beach is accessible by boat.

Bouka (near Skala Potamou)

Locals love this sandy beach with shallow waters.

Bouros Beach

The quiet bay of Bouros can be found ten kilometres south of Karystos near the island’s southern-most tip. For the most part, the beach consists of fine sand, though there are rocks scattered throughout. The beach is unorganized and ideal for those looking for a relaxed swimming spot.

Cassonia beach (near Pothia)

This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!

Chiliadou Beach, near Nafpaktos

Lying 11 km east of Nafpaktos, Chiliadou or Hiliadou is a quaint village with a shore that’s just right for swimming. The beach is too kilometres long and is built up with restaurants and a couple of beach bars.

Chorefto Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The beach of Chorefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.

Chrani Beach

Chrani Beach: crystal waters, olive trees and vineyards dotting the coastline, with several beach cafes.

Chrisi Ammos

The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Due to its unique geographical location and the northerly winds which blow here, Chrysi Ammos is paradise to avid wind and kite surfers. Its fine sand and shallow aqua waters are worshipped by many during the summer.

Chrissi Island

About an hour’s boat trip from Ierapetra, there are a number of beaches here for those with a sense of adventure. There are only two boats per day so be prepared to be out in the open for a minimum of six hours. The water here is exceptionally clear.

Christou Pigadi

Here’s a decent organized beach with some umbrellas that’s not crowded, lying serenely a few minutes away from the airport on the way to Pigadia. The name means “Well of Christ”.

Chronia Beach

Approximately five kilometres north of Limni is the beach of Chronia lays this thin, yet clean strip of beach. Small pebbles and plenty of dried seaweed make up its surface, and though you won’t find any umbrellas for hire here, a couple of rooms and tavernas just beyond the beach provide basic amenities.

Chryssi Milia, Southeast

Chryssi Milia offers stunning views as you approach it and is one of the sandiest beaches on the island and ideal for children. There are chairs to rent and a good taverna under the shady trees above the beach that is ideal for lunch.

Dafni

Along central Evia’s tranquil northern coast, Dafni beach is a clean and calm bathing destination for those looking to take a refreshing dip in privacy. Just outside the village with which it shares the same name, Dafni beach is full of pebbles and surrounded by trees all around. There are several springs which flow into the sea from the nearby mountain of Kandili.

Damatria

Not far from the airport, this sandy shallow beach is perfect for families and not too busy. However you need to get your own umbrellas.

Diafani and Vananda

There is a little beach off the small fishing village of Diafani that you could swim in, but for a more secluded experience head to nearby Vananta (pronounced Vananda). Better done by boat than road from Pigadia.

Diakofti beach

Shallow waters and a sandy beach make this ideal for everyone. Visit the Nordland shipwreck here.

Didimes or Tou Liginou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

If you love nothing more than combining ecosports and fun, then go on a short hike down an ancient path to find this stunning beach. It’s called Didimes, or twins, because a huge boulder separates the beach, turning Didimes into two separate bays. The rugged landscape and aquamarine waters will lull you into believing you’re on an exotic island.

Digeliotika Beach, Aigio

This 2-kilometre beach is quiet, clean and pebbly. It Is 15 metres wide with different types of trees growing nearby.

Distomo Beach

This is an organized beach over 4 kilometers long, starting from the Agios Nikolaos to Antikyra. It is more touristy in the high season (July-August) with nightlife and many restaurants.

Eftalou Beach (near Molyvos)

If you love Molyvo’s medieval aura, then you must also take a dip in the sea in Eftalou. With a wonderful view, this quiet beach is perfect for those of you who want to lie back and take a solitary dip. A special feature of Eftalou Beach is its thermal springs. So combine your swim with a therapeutic dip in the hot springs.

Egremni beach (near Porto Katsiki beach)

Also popular but very idyllic with its sandy beaches, lush green landscape and deep blue waters. Although it requires a trek down a dizzying number of steep stone steps, you’ll be able to swim against a backdrop of sheer cliffs in an almost exotic golden-sand locale.

Elli beach (near Liapades village)

This beautiful beach is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees and leads to secluded coves.

Elli Beach Rhodes

The main beach in town at the south end between Mandraki and the Rhodes Aquarium. It is sandy and pebbly, can be crowded mid-summer, but the water is always clean and refreshing. Lawrence Durrell once described it as the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean.

Elounda

A number of beaches can be found in and around Elounda, including nudist ones. albeit in an unofficial capacity.

Eretria

The past few years have seen Eretria’s popularity grow, with both Greek and foreign tourists.

Exo Plagia Beach

Popular with the locals, this pebbly beach features crystal clear waters and is located near Magganitis, just outside the village of Plagia.

Fakistra Beach, Tsagarada, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This is another great beach near Tsagarada with lovely water. It is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.

Faliraki beach, 14 km from town

The island’s largest and most developed beach: 4 km of sand with everything from pedalos to beach bars, brash and noisy in some parts, quieter in others. Kathara (Clean) beach is near the small fishing harbour and there is a nudist beach at the southern end of the bay.

Faros Beach, Ikaria

One of the island’s largest beaches, the sandy coast of Faros stretches out along Ikaria’s southern shore. It’s also one of the most developed, with several seaside taverns and cafes lining its edge.

Finiki

Finicky travelers will love Finiki beach on the western side of the island with its crystalline waters, accommodation options, seafood ‘tavernas’ and more. Umbrellas and beach beds normally available.

Finikounda Beach

Finikounda Beach: A 3 kilometre-long beach nominated for Blue Flag designation, and is somewhat on the windy side which makes it perfect for surfers and sea sports.

Firi Ammos St. Pelagia beach

Bright-red pebbles make this stunning beach unique.

Foki Beach (near Fiskardo Town)

You’ll feel like you’re swimming right to the edge of a lush green forest when you take a dip in Foki. Beautiful aquamarine waves lap up to sparkling white pebbles that in turn are covered by the shade of many trees. You’ll have to perch on rocks when ashore as it’s a small beach, but the view is amazing. Take a walk down the beach and visit the twin caves.

Forokli

This attractively secluded and isolated beach lies against a backdrop of sharp mountains. Explore by boat or make sure you have everything with you if you go hiking there.

Fourni beach

This is another beach that offers perfect privacy. It’s small and quiet and you’ll have your choice of sand or pebbles.

Fourni beach

Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.

Fygias Beach

Clean, shallow water and natural shade backing the sandy beach await all who choose to swim at this beach outside the eponymous village. Located just 3 kilometres north of Marmari, it is quite popular during the summer months.

Fyrodi Beach

Fyrodi is a great sandy beach near Magganitis and is very popular with the locals.

Gangou Beach

Just 1km from Vathi, this pebble beach has very clean waters and has been awarded a blue flag. There are a nearby café and tavern as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.

Gardenos beach (near Vitalades)

This is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches. Hugged by low hills, the traditional fishing village of Gardenos on the southwest coast boasts an idyllic sandy beach which has become a closely-guarded secret among the locals. Although the sea is shallow, currents can be strong so caution is warranted.

Gargaliani Beach

Gargaliani Beach: Golden sandy beach that’s very clean and with natural beauty, only 7 kilometres away from the healing springs of Vromoneri.

Gefira beach (near Pothia)

If you’ve always dreamt of swimming in the shadows of the cliffs, then this is the beach for you. The aquamarine water is stunning and the dramatic rock formations and boulders that you can swim around will impress you.

Gennadi

Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.

Gialiskari Beach

This laid back beach on the island’s north side features views of the picturesque fishing harbour and the Church of Analypsis.

Gialos Beach

This popular swimming spot lies beside the small marina of Magganitis village and features crystal clear water.

Glifada and Trizonia Island

Visit also the nearby villages of Spilia and Glifada near the sea as well. Across the coast lies the little island of Trizonia which you can also visit, complete with good beaches, restaurants and a little port.

Glyfada beach (Glyfada)

Corfu’s most popular beach, it offers all the services associated with its Blue-Flag status.

Glyfadi Beach

The sandy beach of Glyfadi can be found on the north eastern side of the island. Backed by trees offering natural shade, this beach is located just east of Therma.

Glystra beach

Small sandy beach 55 km southeast of Rhodes town, about 11 km away from Lindos. It is quiet, and its water is shallow, ideal for swimmers.

Gouvia beach (Gouvia)

This organised sandy beach is a favourite for water-sports fans.

Gritsa Beach

Litochori’s beach, near the archaeological site of Dion. An ideal spot for small boats.

Halkes Beach (near Livadi village)

This isolated and rugged beach is perfect for adventurers. You’ll have to hike down a difficult path from Halkes Springs in order to reach this beautiful white-pebbled beach. But the cool sparkling waters that hide a very interesting seascape will make it more than worthwhile.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.

Hiliadou

One of the area’s most popular bathing spots, Hiliadou beach is set within a dramatic landscape of lush vegetation and backed by sheer cliffs which contrast beautifully with its blue-green waters. The beach can be reached by car or can serve as a refreshing reward as the end point of the hiking paths originating from Lamari or Stroponon Gorge.

Ialysos beach

A long beach 8 km to the north west of Rhodes town, it is favoured by wind and kite surfers. Some freestyle competitions are held here as well as the European Windsurfing Championship.

Ierapetra

Ierapetra has a sandy town beach, and the coast stretching east is suitable for swimming.

Iero Beach

Its name aptly meaning “sacred”, this secret sandy beach has been a well-kept secret due to only being recently made accessible. It lies along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Iraion Beach

A pebble beach located 21km from Vathi, where you’ll find plenty of options for food and drinks as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.

Isternia beach

Isternia beach, near the village by the same name, is a mixed pebble and sand beach, ideal if you want to have lunch at one of the two fish taverns. Tere is also a cafe.

Itanos (Erimoupolis)

Two beaches can be found here, and if you’re interested in history, the Dorian town of Itanos and a Venetian/Turkish castle straddles the hill which separates Itanos’ two beaches. A lovely spot for a swim.

Ixia beach

At the northern part of the western coast of Rhodes, 4kms from Rhodes town, this is a favourite for wind surfers, the pebbled beach in front of a long strip of hotels.

Kala Nera Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of the popular resort of Kala Nera is a very beautiful one, and has been awarded the Blue Flag. The water here is stunning and ideal for bathing in the summer. Along there is a fine selection of cafe bars and tavernas, as well as places to stay.

Kalamaki Beach

On the way to Agios Vasilis you will come to a beach with mixed sand and pebbles, offering very clean water and a lovely landscape.

Kalamata Beach

Kalamata Beach: Right next to the city yet with very clean water, awarded the Blue Flag in Europe. Many cafes, shops and restaurants along the beach.

Kalami beach

If you want to feel like you’re the only person on the island, head to Kalami beach. Accessible from Virgin Mary of the Orphan monastery, it features stark white pebbles and light green waters.

Kalamitsa Beach

Sandy and not too crowded, this beach has some umbrellas and is popular for windsurfing. Visit the nearby church of Agios Mamas and grave of the poet Rupert Brooke by the olive grove overlooking the sea.

Kalamitsi beach

Close to a canyon, this beach is known for its rugged landscape, huge boulders and wide stretches of sand.

Kalamitsi beach (Kalamitsi village)

This trio of quiet coves will stun you with beautiful sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and embroidery-like boulders that create an interesting landscape. Catch the sunset or dive off the rocks into a crystal-clear turquoise sea.

Kalamos

Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece. A rock in the shape of a naturally-carved arch splits the beach into two sections and adds to its scenery. Popular with campers and the young crowd, the beach is home to a beach bar and canteen.

Kalathos beach

Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.

Kallianos Beach

Marking the northern endpoint of the Dimosaris Gorge, Kallianos Beach lies between two large cliffs and features a small stream running down from the gorge and into the sea. It features the same remoteness as Archampoli, though offers two tavernas above the beach. Walkers along the Agios Dimitrios Gorge can also finish here.

Kallithea

The bay is famous for its domed Italian health spa buildings and its small bay with crystal clear water. Favoured by diving schools and sunbathers seeking a relaxed setting, it can get crowded in the summer but is recommended for mid summer evening dips!

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Kalogria Beach, Larissos

Here’s a sandy beach that’s 80 kilometres long, located near a protected site under the Ramsar convention, not far from the Prokopos Lagoon and Strofilia forest. Sporting activities including windsurfing are available at this beach. If you rent a bike you can discover the natural area around.

Kalyvia Varikou

A picturesque shallow water beach ideal for young children, with pebbles and sand, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Several organized camping sites can be found there, while if you’re looking for privacy you can head to one of the little shores to the north and south of the coast.

Kambos beach, Ikaria

Along with its ancient city and archaeological site, Kambos’s sandy beach is popular with visitors and has all the amenities one could need nearby.

Kamiros Beach

Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.

Kampos Beach (near the airport)

Lesvos can turn into your own private island – or at least that’s what it will seem like if you go for a swim on Kampos Beach. Endless stretches of golden sand and clean, crystal-clear blue waters that sparkle in the sun will be yours and yours alone. It could get windy, so your swim might become a bit of an adventure.

Kanatadika

The beautiful beach of Kanatadika is set apart by the beautiful shades of blue in its waters and its unique position looking out towards both the mainland, the Pelion Peninsula and the Aegean. The beach consists of smooth pebbles, and is backed by a few traditional seafood tavernas.

Kandouni and Linaria beaches (near Panormo)

These twin beaches offer the best of both worlds – an active crowd and a quieter family atmosphere. One is pebbly and the other sandy but the water in both is so inviting you won’t want to get out.

Kaoumithi beach, Hydra

This pristine beach lies in the northwestern section of the island, with pine trees surrounding its turquoise waters, and offering bathers calm and serenity.

Karachalios Beach

About 35 minutes from Kyriaki, this area offers seven beaches to choose form.

Karathona, Nafplio

Only two kilometres from the town of Nafplio, this one-kilometre beach is accessible by public bus, car or boat from the little port of Nafplio. This is an organized beach so expect many people in the high season. Luckily, it is also a Blue Flag beach meaning it’s quite clean. Respect for the environment is important for this beach community. Sports facilities and restaurants are available too. Remember, opt for the more eco-friendly sporting activities.

Karavos Aliveri

Just south of Aliveri lies the beach of Karavos, the city’s closest swimming spot. Though it’s convenient for those staying in the area, the busy coastal road behind and view of the area’s power plant make Karavos an average beach, at best.

Kareflou Beach

Situated in Atsitsa bay north of Chora, this gorgeous sandy beach and turquoise waters are very attractive for a dip. Have a bite in nearby Magazia or Molos, just five minutes by car from this beach.

Karkinagri Beach

Lying at the island’s westernmost point, this clean, pebbly beach is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet.

Karlovassi Beach

There’s nothing remarkable about this pebble beach, which sprawls out in front of the village and hotels, and is busy with tavernas and cafes. The beach is an easy stop for a dip especially if you’re staying at the village. Umbrellas and sunbeds are rented out here.

Karystos Beach

The long stretch of sand lining Karystos’ coast and situated next to its port is surprisingly clean and offers swimmers and convenient bathing spot. There are umbrellas on a portion of the beach, as well as free sections where you can lay your towel.

Kastelia

The gorgeous beach of Kastelia lies after Ammoopi, representing a hidden paradise among the rocks. You can reach it through a dirt road from Ammoopi.

Kastri Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.

Kastro/Chrysi Akti

Located in Kastro Kyllinis this clean sandy beach boasts different fauna and flora. It is home to the Robinson Club Kyllini which offers water sports, including wind-surfing and catamarans. Mountain biking is also offered. The resort is eco-friendly, and there is also a camping site nearby.

Katerini beach

A lively, busy seaside venue with a long, wide sandy beach decked out with all the necessary water sports and sunbathing facilities, a marina for small boats and a wide choice of bars and clubs for nightlovers.

Kato Kambos Beach (near Kambos Town)

If you’re looking for action and watersports, then Kato Kambos beach is the ideal place for you. Long stretches of sand, blue green waves and all the equipment you need for your favorite sport. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike, and you’ll be happy you joined the crowds and took a dip after you dive into its cool waters.

Kato Lechonia Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

Here’s a great beach that’s not far from Volos. For those who like a more active beach, there are a few cafes and bars for food and drink.

Kerame (Evdilos)

One of two beaches on the island with the same name, this sandy swimming spot is located near Evdilos, on the northeastern part of the island.

Kerame (Faros)

The second of two beaches with the same name lies east of Therma, on the way to Faros. It’s a small, sandy cove, far away from the crowds.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Kerveli Beach

This is the kind of beach you can spend the day at, as there are a few tavernas as well as free showers and plenty of greenery to find shade under during the hottest hours of the day. The stone and pebble beach is easily accessible by foot from Samos town.

Kiani Akti

The beaches of Kiani Akti or “blue coast” stretch along the tip of the peninsula on which the city of Preveza is located. Despite its close proximity to the port (5klm), the area is surprisingly serene in many areas. The coast is made up of several small beaches, some sandy, others rocky. The water is shallow and the trees behind the beach provide a welcome breeze in summer. You can arrive by boat, on foot or by bus and parking is available for those with their own vehicle. Showers and snack bars are also available throughout.

Kimilia Beach (near Emblisi and Fiskardo village)

You’ll feel like you stumbled off Kefalonia and onto a deserted island when you find this beach. Take a short walk from Emblisi to find it. Isolated but beautiful, quiet but enchanting, make it a point to dive into the crystal-clear blue waters as you enjoy the uniqueness of this beach.

Kiotari beach

One of the island’s newest and fastest developing resorts, 60 km south from the town of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island.

Diving in Pavlopetri

Considered the world’s oldest submerged city, Pavlopetri lies just off the coast of Laconia and boasts much archaeological significance. It may be off limits to casual divers, although a team of experts from the University of Nottingham in Britain have been given permission to study it more closely. There are many other natural underwater treasures to be discovered!

Ski resort Laila

The Lailias ski centre, operating from December to March and managed by the Hellenic Alpine Club of Serres, is located 27 miles from that city high atop Mt Vrontos at an altitude ranging from 1850 meters to 1600 meters. It has one slope of moderate difficulty as well as a lift that can serve 700 people an hour. The longest slope (1250 m) starts out as red (difficult) and then continues as blue (experienced). It is named after Macedonian revolutionary war hero Emmanuel Pappas. There is also one baby lift serving the learning slopes, ski school and first aid station. The centre is famous for its Lang-Lauf courses, making it one of the best resorts in Greece for the sport. The wood and stone ski lodge has all modern facilities, including restaurants with local delicacies and ski rentals. The centre offers night skiing every Saturday night.

Thermes beach

Thermes beach is a popular destination for the locals who enjoy soaking in the warm thermal springs that bubble into the sea from the mountain. The landscape is breathtaking as well, so combine a therapeutic swim with views of a dramatically rugged shoreline.

Agia Sofia Cave (Saint Sophia)

Once a sacred spot of Minoan worship the cave of Agia Sofia is now famous for its mammoth stalactites and stalagmites. A steep climb up the stone staircase and into the mouth of the cave visitors will first see a small chapel where they may light a candle or offer a prayer. Once inside it is fairly easy to make one’s way around (although the back of the cave is too slippery and dark to explore). Some of the stalagmites and stalactites are up to five or six meters in length with unique, almost otherworldly formations.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii Saranta, located slightly north of Agios Ioannis is another famous beach in the region, and one that attracts a large number of visitors from all over the Pelion peninsula.

Agios Dimitrios Gorge

Well-known for its rare geological characteristics and plant species, the gorge of Agios Dimitrios is the perfect opportunity for those new to canyoning. A newly-built road runs through the gorge, though a footpath within its slopes takes walkers through the picturesque village of Agios Dimitrios, passing strange layers of cippolina marble and other geological oddities until reaching the pristine beach of Schinodavlia along southern Evia’s northern coast.

Agios Minas

One of the most gorgeous pebbly beaches on the island, this beach is surrounded by rocky hills and shrubs. Mostly deserted, great if you have a boat to explore. Access also by dirt road.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

Perfect if you love snorkeling, its rocky underwater landscape will give you much to explore. If you’d rather take a swim, you’ll be stunned by the view of beautiful Kastri Islet.

Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.

Aiakeion Patisserie, Aegina Town

It is located right on the waterfront and offering several creative spins featuring the nut including Fistikato made with pistachio paste, caramel and whole pistachios as well as Fistikini including powdered sugar, chopped pistachios and pomegranate juice. Also available are pistachio ‘spoon sweets’ and pistachio liqueur.

Aktaio Beach, Rio

Spanning 850 meters, this sandy beach was nominated as a blue flag one recently and varies in width between 20 and 40 meters. The municipality of Rio sometimes organizes events but also eco activities such as beach cleaning.

Alonaki Prevezas

If you’re looking to mingle, the sandy beach of Alonaki is the place to be during the warm months. It’s the first beach along the Ionian coast from the west side of the peninsula and close to both the city and the site of Nikopolis.Backed by hotels and tavernas, there are several sections that offer sun beds and umbrellas. Changing rooms and showers are also available, as are concession stands and beach bars. Being a mere 2 kilometres from the city centre means that the place can get crowded quickly, so if you’re looking for some relaxation its best to head out in the morning.

Appolakia Reservoir

The only deep and permanent freshwater can be found at the Appolakia Reservoir built in the late eighties. Take the road from Appolakia to Gennadi. At the north end of the reservoir an area of marsh and reed beds attracts species like Grey Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck`s Stint. It is the most certain place to see species like Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen, sometimes accompanied by Garganey, Mallard, Black Necked Grebe or Kingfisher.

Arethousa – Dokimi – Chrysostomos

This scenic path offers amazing views and a balanced mix of uphill and downhill walking. On the paved road starting from the church of Arethousa, we continue uphill towards the highest houses in the village. On our left, we will eventually see a sign indicating the start of the path towards the direction of Chrysostomos.

Atheras Beach (Athera village)

If your ideal swimming spot consists of a beautiful white-sand beach and aqua-marine water, Atheras is a must-see. It’s kept a secret by the locals, and as such you’ll feel like you’re the only person there. Visit St. Spyridon Church nearby.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Barbati beach (near Spartylas)

Barbati is a large Blue-Flag beach that’s popular with families.

Bird Watching on Lake Kerkini

One of the the top bird sites for birdwatching in all of Greece, Lake Kerkini is an extremely important area for the passage, wintering and breeding of both waterfowl and raptors as well as for the breeding of migratory songbirds.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Bougatinas Mountain Refuge, Proti

Along national hiking Route 04, the mountain-climbing shelter, run by the Serres branch of the Hellenic Alpine Club (EOS), sits at an altitude of 1956 metres on Mt Pangeo.

Cave of Anemotripa

This large and fascinating cave was only discovered about fifty years earlier when 2 local men were asked to investigate what seemed to be air flowing out of a hole in the ground on the outskirts of Pramanta village. (Anemotripa means “wind hole” in Greek.) What they discovered was an extensive cave system including underground rivers and lakes, waterfalls, and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Today the cave has been divided into three sections. The upper section is the oldest but due to its ceiling having partially collapsed; it remains closed to the public. The other two sections offer intriguing paths that snake their way through the wonders of the cave. A snack bar offers concessions at the entrance to the cave where tickets are sold. The cave lies just outside the village of Pramanta in the south east corner of the prefecture.

Cave of Lihada

Near the eponymous village of Lihada lies this cave with a large entrance. Artefacts found in the cave have confirmed it was inhabited as far back as the Prehistoric era.

Perama Cave

One of the most impressive caves in Europe and the second largest in Greece is the Cave of Peramatos located 4 kilometres from the city of Ioannina. It was accidentally discovered by locals who were searching for a hiding place from the Nazis in 1940. Speleologists later made a detailed exploration into the cave and discovered some of the most spectacular examples of stalactites and stalagmites throughout Greece.

Central Ioannina

Kapesovo – Beloi Difficulty: Average Altitude variation: 900 – 1500 m Duration: 3 hours
Short and steep best describe the route beginning in the village of Kapesovo and taking walkers alongside the top of the Vikos Gorge. Your efforts will be rewarded at the endpoint of Beloi that offers spectacular views from its lookout point of the Vikos Gorge. Hikers are also likely to spot some majestic species of large birds of prey along their journey.

Chrisi Ammos

The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Due to its unique geographical location and the northerly winds which blow here, Chrysi Ammos is paradise to avid wind and kite surfers. Its fine sand and shallow aqua waters are worshipped by many during the summer.

Dafni

Along central Evia’s tranquil northern coast, Dafni beach is a clean and calm bathing destination for those looking to take a refreshing dip in privacy. Just outside the village with which it shares the same name, Dafni beach is full of pebbles and surrounded by trees all around. There are several springs which flow into the sea from the nearby mountain of Kandili.

Didyma caves

The caves at Didyma, so called in Greek, aren’t caves at all! They’re dolines, or big depressions in the ground with very interesting features. The small doline or ‘small cave’ can be reached from the Didyma bypass road where there’s a small parking area. There is a steep stairway dug into the ground that will take you into the doline.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)

If you’re looking for a magical hike, Dimosary Canyon is perfect for you. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re canyoning in the summer, although the waterfalls and thick forest keep the temperatures comfortable. Take a break and drink some spring water – the locals swear it’s the best drinking water in the region. Once you’ve relaxed, continue your trek by climbing the stone steps carved into the mountain. Dimosari Canyon is one of Lefkada’s vital ecosystems, and played an important role throughout Antiquity by powering the island’s waterworks by harnessing the surge of riverwater from Mount Vafkeri. If you enjoy caving, there are a few small caves throughout the canyon for you to enjoy.

Eastern Ioannina

Aoos Lake – Tsouka Rosa – Aoos Lake Difficulty: Average Altitude variation – 1350 – 1980 – 1350 m
Duration: 6 hours
This circular trail leads followers past a small section of the beautiful Aoos Lake and continues through the mountains of Tsouka Rosa, where a spotting of wild brown bears or several birds of prey is possible. The route finishes where it started at Lake Aoos and is signposted as P4.

Eftalou Hot Springs (Molyvo Town)

When you explore this beautiful medieval village and its enchanting castle and artsy ateliers, stop by the hot springs. Their temperature, ranging from 43-46˚C, is ideal for many ailments as well. These springs are popular and a vibrant part of tourism in Lesvos.

Erymanthos River

Spectacular canoeing and kayaking adventures take place on the Erymanthos (or Erymanthus) River during spring and summer. Those with experience may want to negotiate the Erymanthos gorge between Tripotama and Nemouta. Rafting is also possible.

Finikounda Beach

Finikounda Beach: A 3 kilometre-long beach nominated for Blue Flag designation, and is somewhat on the windy side which makes it perfect for surfers and sea sports.

Gardenos beach (near Vitalades)

This is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches. Hugged by low hills, the traditional fishing village of Gardenos on the southwest coast boasts an idyllic sandy beach which has become a closely-guarded secret among the locals. Although the sea is shallow, currents can be strong so caution is warranted.

Glyfada beach (Glyfada)

Corfu’s most popular beach, it offers all the services associated with its Blue-Flag status.

Greek traditional costumes

Outlet and showroom with traditional greek costumes made by Nikos and Aspasia Dosaras, in Loutraki.

Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town

One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the lagoon that’s located literally in the middle of town. Despite the noise from nearby traffic, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop, which makes for interesting birdwatching. You can either cycle along the perimeter of the lagoon or walk as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks. Visit the windmill that stands nearby.

Ha Gorge

Definitely one in the category “do not try alone”, the Ha gorge is spectacularly set on the western side of Mt. Thripti, before depositing its walker east of the village of Vassiliki, Whilst only 1.5 Kms long, it is very narrow in places and has walls towering up to 300 metres above ones head.It is the perfect gorge for abseiling, but only the very experienced should try this, and even then, with a guide.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.

Hiking in Mount Parnitha

There is a lack of landmarks for the 75 hiking paths on this mountain, but there is a guide called Footpaths of Mt. Parnitha and map by Road Editions that outline these hikes well.

Hiking in Pelion

This is a heavenly region for hiking, with numerous signposted stone-paved paths. Rich environments with lush greenery, mountains, valleys and interesting biodiversity await visitors. You will come across farms, monasteries, old buildings, springs and country churches along the way.

Hiking in Trikeri

At the lower tip of Pelion:

Hiliadou

One of the area’s most popular bathing spots, Hiliadou beach is set within a dramatic landscape of lush vegetation and backed by sheer cliffs which contrast beautifully with its blue-green waters. The beach can be reached by car or can serve as a refreshing reward as the end point of the hiking paths originating from Lamari or Stroponon Gorge.

Hot Springs of Lefkada, Glaredo

Near the village of Glaredo a few kilometres west of Agios Kyrikos lie the thermal springs of Thero and Hilio-Thermo. The municipality has used large boulders to section off the coastal springs from the sea, creating a natural pool overlooking the waves. The characteristic red-coloured sand contains properties which treat and cure several different dermatological conditions. Access to the springs is free and easy, either on foot, by bicycle, or with a vehicle, thanks to the paved road which runs just above it from Agios Kyrikos.

Ierapetra

Ierapetra has a sandy town beach, and the coast stretching east is suitable for swimming.

Kalami beach

If you want to feel like you’re the only person on the island, head to Kalami beach. Accessible from Virgin Mary of the Orphan monastery, it features stark white pebbles and light green waters.

Kalamos

Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece. A rock in the shape of a naturally-carved arch splits the beach into two sections and adds to its scenery. Popular with campers and the young crowd, the beach is home to a beach bar and canteen.

Kallithea

The bay is famous for its domed Italian health spa buildings and its small bay with crystal clear water. Favoured by diving schools and sunbathers seeking a relaxed setting, it can get crowded in the summer but is recommended for mid summer evening dips!

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Kalogria Beach, Larissos

Here’s a sandy beach that’s 80 kilometres long, located near a protected site under the Ramsar convention, not far from the Prokopos Lagoon and Strofilia forest. Sporting activities including windsurfing are available at this beach. If you rent a bike you can discover the natural area around.

Kamares Cave

This is one for those who like their caves at a high elevation. Situated 1,700 metres above sea level, Kamares, also known as Kamaraiko, is accessable by a trail leading north, and upwards from the village of Kamares. Beware, it’s quite a hike to the cave from the village, and be of more interest to those with a penchant for archaeology than speleology, as this was an important site in Minoan times, with votive offerings having been found here.

Kamena Vourla

The coastal town of Kamena Vourla also offers a resort where spring waters that are said to heal a variety of ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spondylitis, neuritis, lumbago, sciatica and more. The resort is managed by Mitsis Hotels, offering hydrotherapy and balneotherapy, as well as luxury spa facilities in the hotel (+30 22350 22245).

Karathona, Nafplio

Only two kilometres from the town of Nafplio, this one-kilometre beach is accessible by public bus, car or boat from the little port of Nafplio. This is an organized beach so expect many people in the high season. Luckily, it is also a Blue Flag beach meaning it’s quite clean. Respect for the environment is important for this beach community. Sports facilities and restaurants are available too. Remember, opt for the more eco-friendly sporting activities.

Kastelia

The gorgeous beach of Kastelia lies after Ammoopi, representing a hidden paradise among the rocks. You can reach it through a dirt road from Ammoopi.

Kefalas Cave (Northwest Kalymnos, in Pothia)

After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites. Legend has it that the nuns of Saint Catherine Monastery discovered it but kept it a secret because of a rumored treasure stored there by pirates. Archaeological evidence found here suggests it was a site of worship for Olympiou Dios.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Kerveli Beach

This is the kind of beach you can spend the day at, as there are a few tavernas as well as free showers and plenty of greenery to find shade under during the hottest hours of the day. The stone and pebble beach is easily accessible by foot from Samos town.

Kiani Akti

The beaches of Kiani Akti or “blue coast” stretch along the tip of the peninsula on which the city of Preveza is located. Despite its close proximity to the port (5klm), the area is surprisingly serene in many areas. The coast is made up of several small beaches, some sandy, others rocky. The water is shallow and the trees behind the beach provide a welcome breeze in summer. You can arrive by boat, on foot or by bus and parking is available for those with their own vehicle. Showers and snack bars are also available throughout.

Kidonia Cave (near Stournareika Village)

Experienced spelunkers will find this stunning cave at an altitude of 1340 m along the mountain ridge. It’s unexplored but its beauty is still well-known – ask the locals for tips and advice before venturing in to admire the cave chamber dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.

Kimilia Beach (near Emblisi and Fiskardo village)

You’ll feel like you stumbled off Kefalonia and onto a deserted island when you find this beach. Take a short walk from Emblisi to find it. Isolated but beautiful, quiet but enchanting, make it a point to dive into the crystal-clear blue waters as you enjoy the uniqueness of this beach.

Klados Gorge

Just west of its more famous sister, Samaria, the Klados gorge awaits. Offering up breathtaking scenery with its imposing jagged rockface and waterfalls, the Klados gorge is a remote and little traveled terrain. Its northern entrance begins from the Linosseli pass west of the Gigilos peak and is marked only by a few piles of rocks. This path, as with others along much of its route, is often blocked by bushes which only contribute to the danger by hiding its steep drops. Just before the entrance there is a very dangerous spot with loose gravel on a steep slope. Navigating the Klados gorge does require descending by rope in various areas. There are cascading waterfalls along the way and at the end a gorgeous beach called Tripiti.

Kolona

Despite its close proximity to the port, you’ll feel worlds apart at this pleasant organized beach below the archaeological site of Kolona. The green trees which line the coast and the mesmerizing shades of the blue sea offer the perfect setting for those who prefer to stay close to the town.

Koropi (Boufa) Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of Koropi (Boufa) is one of the largest beach in Pelion, and is situated between the villages of Kala Nera and Afissos. This sandy beach is one of the most popular in Pelion, and one that every visitor to Pelion should try to visit.

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Kourouta Beach, Amaliada

This 20-kilometer sandy beach might be in a populated area but is very clean, dotted with trees and shrubs nearby. Water sports abound, so do eco-activities such as cycling races, hiking in the Marathia forest and more.

Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli town

Birdwatchers will enjoy exploring Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli, as a number of birds seek shelter here. Ducks, geese, swans, warblers, flycatchers and herons are some of the species you’ll be able to spot. This is an important ecosystem for Caretta-Caretta sea turtles as well, and you can combine your birdwatching with a relaxing stroll through the eucalyptus forest on the banks of the lagoon. Although close to the island’s capital, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a quiet slice of countryside.

Koutouki Cave

The most well-known cave on Hymettus is Koutouki cave in Peania which hosts guided tours. Sadly, too much lighting and human presence has degraded the natural characteristics of the cave.

Kyra Panagia

One of the nicest sandy beaches on the island lying between two mountains with crystal waters about 14 km from Pigadia before the beach of Apella. Some accommodation not far from the beach.

Lake Kerkini Center for Ecotourism, Lithotopos

This is the place to go to learn what options for excursions there are on or around the lake. Also exhibits samples of plant life, insects, fowl and fauna in a mini museum.

Lake Kournas

Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains Lake Kournas is the only natural freshwater lake in all of Crete and covers an area of approximately 579,000 square meters and is only 22.5 meters at its deepest point. Home to different species including Herons, Cormorants, Ducks, and Warblers. As one of only two freshwater lakes on the island, Lake Kournas is a wonderful spot to take a rented kayak and while away the day atop its calm waters. On site visitors can rent a pedal boat or canoe to travel around the area.

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Lambi Beach (Lambi Bay near Palia Mandra village)

This one-of-a-kind beach will not only astound you because of its crystal-clear waters and wonderful surroundings, but also because the pebbles that cover the shore and spill into the seabed sparkle with all shades of colors. If you go at night, you’ll see the bottom of the sea awash with color. Don’t take them home, though. It’s against the law.

Lemonakia Beach

Located 12km from Vathi, this is one of the island’s most loved beaches, Lemonakia has fine sand and crystal clear, azure waters. Part of the beach has umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and there is also a taverna for a spot of lunch.

Lihadonisia

Known as the “Greek Seychelles”, the handful of small islets across from the seaside town of Lihada are a marine playground, particularly for those who come with their own boat. The popular beach of Agios Georgios features sun loungers and umbrellas as well as a beach bar. It’s very popular with the young and gregarious, though if you’re looking for more secluded swimming, the other islets are all within swimming distance and feature extremely shallow waters.

Logas beach (Perouladon village)

This hidden gem awaits you – go for a swim at sunset.

Loutra Aidipsou

Though fairly unimpressive at first glance, what sets the beach of Loutra Aidipsou apart from others are its thermal springs which pop up here and there along the coastline. Backed by shops, tavernas and hotels, the beach can be noisy, though allows for a convenient dip for visitors to the well-known thermal spring capitol of Greece.

Marmari

Both of the coasts east and west of Marmari enjoy frequent winds suitable for windsurfing and most are organized as well.

Melidoni beach

Visit the beach where Helen of Troy and Paris first met and fell in love. Fine sand and beautiful blue water will invite you in for a refreshing dip.