Greece

Best walks, hikes and treks in Greece [View list of walks]

About Greece

What a country.

One of the great cradles of Western civilization, Classical Athens in particular the birthplace or nurturer of democracy, philosophy, history, poetry, tragedy and comedy, and some of the world’s greatest architecture and sculpture. Through cultural influence (Greek colonies extended around the Mediterranean; the Greeks not the Romans brought wine to France) and conquest (think Alexander), this small rocky country profoundly influenced the world as far afield as Ghandara in what are now Afganistan and Pakistan and hence along the Silk Road to China. Much of Rome’s best owed a profound debt to the Greeks (we couldn’t have had the Aeneid without Homer), as did the European Renaissance. And the culturally rich (and effectively Greek) Byzantine empire lasted until snuffed out by the Otomans in 1453]. Therefter Greece languished as an impoverished backwater until very recently; since the recent Euro convulsions, we fear form its medium-term future.

This is a country of physical as well as cultural variety and splendour. Tough mountains nestle profound gorges, monasteries huddle on improbable sandstone spikes, and the region’s glory, Byron’s isles of Greece, hide their treasures in a sparkling but fickle sea.

So, Greece has things to fascinate everyone, children included. The variety of travel and tours you can make in Greece is as a result huge. We tell you about walking below, but have a look here for a wide selection of the Greece travel, tours, holidays and activities available.

Summer is overbusy and very hot. April and May are the best months for hiking, with flowers in full bloom. June is getting hot. Autumn is lovely, with warm, golden days.

Walking, hiking and trekking in Greece

Greece has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, ranging from famous mountain hiking and trekking trails such as the Vikos Gorge and Pindos Mointains to geological absurdities like the vast caldera of exploded Santorini and the Samaria Gorge in Crete to historic pilgrimage sites (Mount Athos) to coastal beauties (the Corfu Trail) to wandering round unmissably atmospheric old sites such as Meteora .  

Greece has almost twenty national trails, maintained by regional mountaineering clubs.

European long distance trail E4 enters Northern Greece from Bulgaria, and runs south via Mount Olympus.

Walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays in Greece are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met. Walking in Greece isn’t just for hard-nuts, although there is plenty to get their juices flowing. The lazy and youngsters alike will be enthralled by what it offers:   Greece walking, trekking and hiking holidays and tours really can be for everyone.

See the list below for a (currently incomplete – please give us your recommendations!) list of the best walks, treks and hikes in Greece.  Various of these are in our world’s Top 100 list.

We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in Greece, accommodation in Greece and useful links. But this takes a lot of research, so if they are not "there" yet, please give us any suggestions you may have.

Pigali to Poulithra Bay
© Flickr User Marmontel Ancient Messene
Ancient Messene - © Flickr user Cape Maleas
St. George in Velanidia, Cape Maleas, Greece - © Flickr user - Spyros Petrogiannis

Best walks, hikes and treks in Greece

You can sort the walks by category by clicking on the category titles.

(The rating of walks marked * is currently provisional.)

Region Walk Name Walkopedia Rating Difficulty Day Walk
Possible?

  Meteora
88
Moderate Yes
  Mount Athos
91.5
Variable No
  Mount Olympus
86
Strenuous Yes
  Mt Ghiona
83*
Strenuous Yes
  Mt Parnassus
77*
Strenuous No
  Mt Pilion
82*
Variable Yes
  Mt Taygetus and the Pendadhaktilo Ridge
83.5*
Variable Yes
  Pindos/Vikos Circuit
90
Strenuous Yes
 Aegean Islands Caldera Rim, Santorini
85
Moderate Yes
 Aegean Islands Limenas Walls, Thasos
94
Moderate Yes
 Corfu Corfu Trail
78*
Yes
 Crete Central Spine, Crete
81*
Yes
 Crete Samaria Gorge
83*
Strenuous Yes
 Crete White Mountains
81*
Strenuous Yes
 Peloponnese Ancient Messene
87*
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese Cape Maleas
92.5*
Variable Yes
 Peloponnese Dafnorema Gorge and Aquaduct
88*
Strenuous Yes
 Peloponnese Mycenean Roads, Mycenae
91
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese Pigali to Poulithra Bay
86*
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: South-east Around Leondinion
86.5*
Variable Yes
 Peloponnese: South-east Monemvasia
80
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: South-east Mount Parnon Traverse
85*
Strenuous Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Byzantine Mystras
90
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Cape Tainaron
90.5
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Cape Tigani and Grande Magne Castle
91*
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Kionia
0*
Strenuous Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Odigitria Chapel
90*
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Polemitas to Alypa Cove
91*
Strenuous Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Sotrivanika to Kardamyli
92*
Moderate Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Taygetus and the Mani
91.5
Variable Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Tracks to Anavriti/ Soha/ Phaneromeni
86
Variable Yes
 Peloponnese: Taygetus range and the Mani Viros Gorge
91.5
Strenuous Yes


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