Top activities

Top activities In Greece
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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Melinta Beach (near Plomari Village)

This is another secluded beach that never gets crowded. If you’re looking to swim with no one around, you’ll be stunned by its almost-white sandy shores that stretch on and on. The sea is shallow here, which makes the perfect blue hues seem tropical. It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages.

Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

If you’re looking for a quiet place to swim, this is it. This quaint sandy beach boasts stunning blue waters and is popular with the locals. The low green hills that surround this white-sand beach makes for a spectacular contrast with the exotic blues and greens of the sea.

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

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.

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.

Myrtos Beach (near Anomeria village)

This spectacular beach is famous all over the world for its sparkling white pebbles and turquoise water against a dramatic backdrop of sheer white cliffs. You’ll have to drive down a steep winding road to get there, but the effort is well worth the reward.

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.

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.

Nas Beach, Ikaria

This wild, secluded beach is a favourite for explorers and those looking for a bit of adventure. Located at the end of a river gorge in the northern part of the island, Nas offers bathers a one-of-a-kind experience.

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.

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.

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.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

Paleopoli beach

A pebbled beach with deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offers a unique sight – rocks that look like Swiss cheese. If you continue swimming, you can access the next bay as well.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

Very quiet and secluded, it’s perfect for some solitary swimming. It’s a favorite of the locals and once you dive into its blue-green waters it will no doubt become your favorite as well.

Papa Beach

Just a few hundred meters from the Ireon archaeological site, and easily reachable by car, this beach is slightly uncomfortable as it has sharp rocks and pebbles at some points (this is particularly the case at a little beach that comes off the main one), thus special footwear is advised. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, as well as a shower and small changing room. Above the beach is a nice taverna.

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.

Pefkias Beach, Sikyonion

The 200-metre Pefkias beach of Kato Diminio attracts many tourists in summer visitors, especially in the summer. It’s attractiveness lies in the fact that pine trees are growing very close to the beach. You can rent bicycles from sports facilities near the beach.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

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.

Perdika

The fishing village of Perdika is a popular resort with a rocky beach which is accessed by a series of rocky steps and backed by trees. There are several seafood tavernas and cafes along the waterfront and the beach is organized with umbrellas and trees. Perdika is located 9 kilometers south of Aegina Town.

Piperi Islet

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

Piso Krioneri

Just around the coast from Krioneri lies it’s quieter version. It’s shallower and calmer her, though there are amenities such as snack bars and umbrellas and sun loungers. The small church of Agios Athanasios stands at the top of the ridge overlooking the beach.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

This gorgeous black-sand beach leads to blue-green waters and will make you feel like you’ve gone to an exotic island. The volcanic rocks and boulders dotting the sea will give you some exploring to do.

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.

Porto Heli/Hinitsa, Kranidi

This is one of the greenest and nicest parts of Argolida and the Peloponnese in general. The island of Chinitsa or Hinitsa covers this sandy beach nicely. Umbrellas and deckchairs are present.

Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

Although it’s very popular in the summer, this white-sand beach with stunning blue-green water beneath white cliffs is worth visiting. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll have to take steep stone steps cut into the cliff-side to get to this fairy-tale beach.

Potami Beach

Potami (river) is a large pebble beach on the northeastern shore of Samos. It’s well worth taking the two-kilometer walk that starts at the river, takes you through a beautiful forest and concludes at the island’s famous waterfalls and a small lake that’s idea for a refreshing swim.

Prassonissi

At the southernmost top of the island, 92 kilometres south of Rhodes town, this is a paradise for windsurfers, particularly during the months of July and August when the Meltemi winds are at its strongest.

Prioni Beach, Ikaria

This small cove is a hidden gem, complete with white pebbles and emerald waters. It’s located in the southeastern part of the island between the village of Therma and the island’s capital of Kyrikos.

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.

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.

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.

Rug weaving in Laconia

In Geraki, the women have been weaving the famous Geraki rugs since Ottoman rule. These rugs have had acclaim since their prize-winning days at the Vienna World Fair in 1873 and the Athens World Fair in 1888. For more information or to order: +30 27310 71432, 71261, 71369

Samiopoula Beach

A small island near the southern shore of Samos that can be visited daily from Pythagoreio in a one-hour trip on a small boat. The beach is considered one of Samos’ prettiest, because of it’s super fine, soft sand and crystalline azure waters and the lush vegetation on its rocky coves, yet its popularity also means that it’s often very busy with the boat-loads of visitors who stop over. There are a few umbrellas for rent and there’s a small tavern.

Seychelles beach, Ikaria

The star of the island and one of the most impressive throughout the Aegean, the beach of Seychelles never fails to impress. Its aquamarine waters and odd rock formations give it the name taken from the similar-looking archipelago. It can be found along the island’s southern coast, near Magganitis.

Skala Eressou Beach (Eressos Village)

This beautiful sandy beach is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. Once you take a dip in the sparkling blue waters and admire the copses of trees that hug the coast, it will become one of your favorites too. It’s long sandy stretches of golden sand accommodate the crowds that gather. Perfect for kids.

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.

Spilia, Hydroneta and Avlaki, Hydra

Though technically not beaches, these three spots offer a place to swim not far off from Hydra town. A ladder leads the way into the water from the rocky coast.

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.

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.

Therma Beach

The sandy beach of Therma can be found on the coast of the village bearing the same name. It’s sandy and features a few umbrellas. You can find it next to the village’s small port.

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.

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.

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.

Tsamadou Beach

One of the island’s most touted beaches, Tsambou is a pebble beach with clean, crystal blue waters, and is surrounded by lush greenery. The beach has something for everyone, as there are a kiosk and some tavernas, and part of it has umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and showers, while further along the beach there is a more secluded part favored by nudists.  It is located a little outside of Kokkari town and can be reached by following a steep path that leads from the central road.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

The small and picturesque bay mostly known as Anthony Quinn (the actor bought property here after filming the Guns of Navarone) is nearby. Its waters are deep, cold and crystal clear, favoured by locals and Italian visitors to Rhodes.

Vai

There’s no doubt that this a lovely spot. During the 1970s a British advert featured Vai as the place where one could experience “the taste of paradise”, if one were to bite into a coconut sweet, covered in chocolate. Palm trees (phoenix theophrastii) can be found here, and they are endemic to Crete; it was rumoured that they grew as a result of Saracen occupation in the 9th and 10th centuries), but this is equally untrue! The beach and environs are owned by the monastery of Toplou, and one has to pay to get onto the beach. One can hire pedalos (pedal boats) and water-skiing is available if that floats your particular boat.

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.

Voedokilia Beach

North of Navarino with an amazing shore and blue, shallow waters, considered one of the finest beaches in the country. Beside the beach there is the salk lake of Divari in the Gialova area, considered a habitat for aquatic and bird life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Perdika

The fishing village of Perdika is a popular resort with a rocky beach which is accessed by a series of rocky steps and backed by trees. There are several seafood tavernas and cafes along the waterfront and the beach is organized with umbrellas and trees. Perdika is located 9 kilometers south of Aegina Town.

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.

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.

Porto Heli/Hinitsa, Kranidi

This is one of the greenest and nicest parts of Argolida and the Peloponnese in general. The island of Chinitsa or Hinitsa covers this sandy beach nicely. Umbrellas and deckchairs are present.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

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.

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.

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.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

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.

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.

Ierapetra

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

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.

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.

Vai

There’s no doubt that this a lovely spot. During the 1970s a British advert featured Vai as the place where one could experience “the taste of paradise”, if one were to bite into a coconut sweet, covered in chocolate. Palm trees (phoenix theophrastii) can be found here, and they are endemic to Crete; it was rumoured that they grew as a result of Saracen occupation in the 9th and 10th centuries), but this is equally untrue! The beach and environs are owned by the monastery of Toplou, and one has to pay to get onto the beach. One can hire pedalos (pedal boats) and water-skiing is available if that floats your particular boat.

Piperi Islet

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

Very quiet and secluded, it’s perfect for some solitary swimming. It’s a favorite of the locals and once you dive into its blue-green waters it will no doubt become your favorite as well.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

This gorgeous black-sand beach leads to blue-green waters and will make you feel like you’ve gone to an exotic island. The volcanic rocks and boulders dotting the sea will give you some exploring to do.

Prassonissi

At the southernmost top of the island, 92 kilometres south of Rhodes town, this is a paradise for windsurfers, particularly during the months of July and August when the Meltemi winds are at its strongest.

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.

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.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

The small and picturesque bay mostly known as Anthony Quinn (the actor bought property here after filming the Guns of Navarone) is nearby. Its waters are deep, cold and crystal clear, favoured by locals and Italian visitors to Rhodes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Piso Krioneri

Just around the coast from Krioneri lies it’s quieter version. It’s shallower and calmer her, though there are amenities such as snack bars and umbrellas and sun loungers. The small church of Agios Athanasios stands at the top of the ridge overlooking the beach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spilia, Hydroneta and Avlaki, Hydra

Though technically not beaches, these three spots offer a place to swim not far off from Hydra town. A ladder leads the way into the water from the rocky coast.

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.

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.

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.

Nas Beach, Ikaria

This wild, secluded beach is a favourite for explorers and those looking for a bit of adventure. Located at the end of a river gorge in the northern part of the island, Nas offers bathers a one-of-a-kind experience.

Prioni Beach, Ikaria

This small cove is a hidden gem, complete with white pebbles and emerald waters. It’s located in the southeastern part of the island between the village of Therma and the island’s capital of Kyrikos.

Seychelles beach, Ikaria

The star of the island and one of the most impressive throughout the Aegean, the beach of Seychelles never fails to impress. Its aquamarine waters and odd rock formations give it the name taken from the similar-looking archipelago. It can be found along the island’s southern coast, near Magganitis.

Therma Beach

The sandy beach of Therma can be found on the coast of the village bearing the same name. It’s sandy and features a few umbrellas. You can find it next to the village’s small port.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barbati beach (near Spartylas)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Logas beach (Perouladon village)

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

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.

Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

If you’re looking for a quiet place to swim, this is it. This quaint sandy beach boasts stunning blue waters and is popular with the locals. The low green hills that surround this white-sand beach makes for a spectacular contrast with the exotic blues and greens of the sea.

Myrtos Beach (near Anomeria village)

This spectacular beach is famous all over the world for its sparkling white pebbles and turquoise water against a dramatic backdrop of sheer white cliffs. You’ll have to drive down a steep winding road to get there, but the effort is well worth the reward.

Paleopoli beach

A pebbled beach with deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offers a unique sight – rocks that look like Swiss cheese. If you continue swimming, you can access the next bay as well.

Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

Although it’s very popular in the summer, this white-sand beach with stunning blue-green water beneath white cliffs is worth visiting. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll have to take steep stone steps cut into the cliff-side to get to this fairy-tale beach.

Greek traditional costumes

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

Pefkias Beach, Sikyonion

The 200-metre Pefkias beach of Kato Diminio attracts many tourists in summer visitors, especially in the summer. It’s attractiveness lies in the fact that pine trees are growing very close to the beach. You can rent bicycles from sports facilities near the beach.

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.

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!

Rug weaving in Laconia

In Geraki, the women have been weaving the famous Geraki rugs since Ottoman rule. These rugs have had acclaim since their prize-winning days at the Vienna World Fair in 1873 and the Athens World Fair in 1888. For more information or to order: +30 27310 71432, 71261, 71369

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.

Melinta Beach (near Plomari Village)

This is another secluded beach that never gets crowded. If you’re looking to swim with no one around, you’ll be stunned by its almost-white sandy shores that stretch on and on. The sea is shallow here, which makes the perfect blue hues seem tropical. It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages.

Skala Eressou Beach (Eressos Village)

This beautiful sandy beach is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. Once you take a dip in the sparkling blue waters and admire the copses of trees that hug the coast, it will become one of your favorites too. It’s long sandy stretches of golden sand accommodate the crowds that gather. Perfect for kids.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

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.

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.

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.

Voedokilia Beach

North of Navarino with an amazing shore and blue, shallow waters, considered one of the finest beaches in the country. Beside the beach there is the salk lake of Divari in the Gialova area, considered a habitat for aquatic and bird life.

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.

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.

Papa Beach

Just a few hundred meters from the Ireon archaeological site, and easily reachable by car, this beach is slightly uncomfortable as it has sharp rocks and pebbles at some points (this is particularly the case at a little beach that comes off the main one), thus special footwear is advised. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, as well as a shower and small changing room. Above the beach is a nice taverna.

Potami Beach

Potami (river) is a large pebble beach on the northeastern shore of Samos. It’s well worth taking the two-kilometer walk that starts at the river, takes you through a beautiful forest and concludes at the island’s famous waterfalls and a small lake that’s idea for a refreshing swim.

Samiopoula Beach

A small island near the southern shore of Samos that can be visited daily from Pythagoreio in a one-hour trip on a small boat. The beach is considered one of Samos’ prettiest, because of it’s super fine, soft sand and crystalline azure waters and the lush vegetation on its rocky coves, yet its popularity also means that it’s often very busy with the boat-loads of visitors who stop over. There are a few umbrellas for rent and there’s a small tavern.

Tsamadou Beach

One of the island’s most touted beaches, Tsambou is a pebble beach with clean, crystal blue waters, and is surrounded by lush greenery. The beach has something for everyone, as there are a kiosk and some tavernas, and part of it has umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and showers, while further along the beach there is a more secluded part favored by nudists.  It is located a little outside of Kokkari town and can be reached by following a steep path that leads from the central road.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.