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Best Hiking Trails in Greece

Overview

One thinks of beaches, sun scorched islands and ancient ruins when one thinks of Greece, but considering 80% of this country is mountainous, spread out over a mainland, peninsulas, and hundreds of islands, there is plenty of spectacular hiking to be had in this beautiful southern European country.  Explore Pindos National Park, the spectacular Vikos gorge and the Zagorophoria; the Thrace region featuring Rodopi Mountain Range National Park; the Macedonia region featuring Prespa National Park shared with Albania and North Macedonia; around Delphi, the monasteries of Meteora; hiking on the Pelion and Peloponnese Peninsula; Mount Olympus National Park and of course all the many hiking routes found across the many Greek islands.  The best months to hike in Greece varies as the country is spread over a far distance, but in general April to October are good months, with spring and fall being ideal.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Greece. 

Capital: Athens

When To Hike in Greece?

April – October: This varies by region, filter through the map to see the best months for each region. July – August can be too hot, crowded, windy and expensive in many of the regions.
November to March: Cool and rainy

Climate: Three different kinds of climate: Mediterranean (hot summers and cool, rainy winters) on coasts and islands; slightly continental (hot summers and cold, possibly snowy winters) in inland areas (in Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly) and more continental in the northern mountainous areas.   The ‘meltimi’ (dry northerly wind); can be windy in many places like the islands.

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: Trails are well marked, including long-distance ones.  The hiking infrastructure here isn’t as developed as in neighbouring countries. 

Transportation: Public transport and car

Where to stay in mainland Greece for hiking:

  • Karpenissi
  • Kastraki
  • Delphi
  • Zagori villages
  • Athens

Most popular hikes in Greece

With so much of the country mountainous, the possibilities are endless. The Pindus, Rhodope and Olympus mountains are amongst the mountain ranges in the country. There are several national parks that could be explored. Highest Mountain: Mount Olympus (2918 m). There are also stone mule paths ‘kalderimia’ and shepherd paths

Filter out hiking places of Greece by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Pindos National Park

  • June – Sept
  • Large national park in the beautiful Pindos Mountains; also known as Valia Calda
  • Pindos National Park – website doesn’t have info on trails, you can get maps at the Info Centre

Evrytania

  • June – Sept
  • Black Cave Gorge is a well-known area
  • Karpenissi is a good base

Mount Iti

Mount Giona

Mount Ossa

Mount Olympus National Park

Meteora

  • May – Oct
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, very popular tourist area
  • Meteora Trails

Kythira

Zakynthos

Kefalonia

Thasos

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the North Aegean islands
  • Thasos Hiking

Samothraki

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the North Aegean islands
  • Mountainous interior, main hike is to the top of Mt. Fengari; lots of potential
  • Samothraki Hiking

Fourni

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Archipelago in the North Aegean, part of the islands there
  • Fourni Walking

Ikaria

Chios

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the North Aegean islands
  • Chios Trails

Lesvos

Tilos

Kos

Nisyros

Kalymnos

Serifos

Sifnos

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the Cyclades
  • 200 km of trails
  • Sifnos Trails

Amorgos

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the Cyclades
  • Small island with seven main hiking paths, details here: Amorgos Walking Paths
  • Known as Blue Paths as you always have a view of the sea

Tinos

Andros

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Andros (2nd largest Cyclades island), is a walker’s paradise – Andros Routes

Corfu

Evia & The Sporades

Samos

Crete

Karpathos

Naxos

  • April – June; Sept – Oct
  • Largest Cyclades island)
  • Mt Zeus (1004m) which is highest peak of Cyclades, has a couple of peaks
  • Hiking on Naxos
  • Naxos Strada – 52 km trail – Naxos Strada Walking

Hydra Island

  • Apr – June; Sept – Oct
  • Part of the Saronic Gulf Islands – group of islands closest to Athens and Pelopennese peninsula 
  • Mountainous interior, several marked trails across the island; Mt Eros (588m) is island’s highest point; car free; gem of these islands

Peloponnese Peninsula

  • May – Sept (June – Sept for higher elevations)
  • Arkadia region – excellent hiking
  • Lakonia region – two massive mountain ranges dominate here
    • The Mani – the rugged region covering the central peninsula, includes the Taÿgetos Mountains – Kardamyli and Stoupa are good bases – well marked trails 
    • Vyros Gorge – popular 
    • Mt Profitis Ilias – popular 
  • Achaïa region 

Mount Parnassos

Zagori

  • June – Sept
  • Beautiful but lesser visited area of Greece
  • Known for the 46 traditional villages set in the mountains –  Zagorophoria 
  • Zagori Map
  • Vikos Aoös National Park – features Vikos Gorge (one of the word’s deepest gorges) and Aoos gorge; hiking trails here – Vikos – Aoos National Park 

Thrace region

Macedonia

  • May – Oct
  • Large region in northern Greece bordering North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania
  • Around Thessaloniki (Mt Chortiatis; Mt Athos)  
  • Prespa National Park – shared with Albania and North Macedonia – Prespa National Park
  • Around Drama (East Macedonia & Thrace)
  • Disparate mountains here and there (Pangaion)

Attica Region

Long Distance Trails of Greece

Greece's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Greece Hiking Books: Many books, these are just some of them

  • Trekking in Greece: The Peloponnese and Pindos Way, Cicerone Guide, by Tim Salmon and Michael Cullen, 2018, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4ct6TDr
  • Walking and Trekking in Zagori: Walking routes in Greece’s wild and beautiful northern Pindos mountains, Cicerone Guide, by Aris Leontaritis, 2019, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3U18Hwt
  • Walking on the Greek Islands: The Cyclades: Naxos and the 50km Naxos Strada, Paros, Amorgos, Santorini, Cicerone Guide, by Gilly Cameron-Cooper, 2020, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3VQxoNt
  • Walking and Trekking on Corfu: The Corfu Trail and 22 Day Walks, by Gillian Price, Cicerone Guide, 2016, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3IOnKmG
  • The High Mountains of Crete: The White Mountains, Psiloritis and Lassithi, Cicerone Guide, by Loraine Wilson, 2015, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4axazlX
  • Wild Greece: Hidden Places, Great Adventures and the Good Life (including the mainland, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and over 20 other islands), by Sam Firman and Nick Hooton, 2023, Wild Things Publishing Ltd – https://amzn.to/3IQXaJt
  • Terrain’s English-language hiking guides of Cyclades islands
  • Amorgos: A Visitor’s and Walker’s Guide, by Paul Delahunt-Rimmer and Henrietta Delahunt-Rimmer, 2015, Travelleur – https://amzn.to/3VyNHxX
  • Walking on Naxos: Hiking and Swimming for Island-Hoppers: 25 Walks with GPS Data, by Dieter Graf, 2011, Graf Ed. 
  • Hiking on Andros, by Olga Karayiannis, 2014, Lulu.com
  • The Kalymnos Trail, by Carl Dawson, 2015, Terrain – https://amzn.to/3VyO7Ex 
  • The Companion Guide to the Corfu Trail, Hilary Whitton Paipeti, 2002, Pedestrian Publications (dated but apparently very useful)
  • Lonely Planet Greece, by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, Kate Armstrong, 2020, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/4csPPgX
  • Lonely Planet Greek Islands, Simon Richmond, Kate Armstrong, Stuart Butler, 2021, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/4a90LyL
  • Greece: The Peloponnese: with Athens, Delphi, and Kythira, by Andrew Bostock and Philip Briggs, 2019, Bradt Travel Guide – https://amzn.to/3TRYP6X
  • Northern Greece: including Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Pelion, Mount Olympus, Chalkidiki, Meteora, and the Sporades, by Dana Facaros, 2020, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3x3sCS8
  • Rough Guide to Greek Islands, by Rough Guides, 2022, Rough Guides – https://amzn.to/4a9BCUo
  • Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese, by Rick Steves, 2023, Rick Steves – https://amzn.to/43A2Tgq

 

Greece Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Greece:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Olympus – mainland Greece
  • Mount Giona (aka Mount Aselinon) – mainland Greece
  • Mount Ossa (aka Mount Kissavos) – mainland Greece
  • Mount Pelion – Pelion Peninsula
  • Corfu Trail – Corfu island
  • Samaria Gorge – Crete island
  • Mount Zeus – Naxos island
  • Mount Profitis Ilias – Peloponnese Peninsula

Easy Hiking Trails in Greece:

  • Meteora – mainland Greece
  • Mount Eros – Hydra island
  • Vikos Gorge – mainland Greece

 

Greece Hiking Websites: 

 

Official Tourism Site: (different sites for all the regions)

 

Greek Hiking Apps: 

Greek Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Ancient Greece sights
  • Monasteries
  • Food
  • Wine

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