The best hiking trails in Greece

Kanan Isazade 26 November 2021 239 views 6 min. read

Greece is one of the most favourite destinations for tourists. The country offers endless adventure, unique culture, and unforgettable experiences. Greece has everything for a charming vacation, and one of the activities that tourists like to do is hiking. Hiking in Greece means travelling in time while enjoying the beauty of mesmerizing nature. Where is the best hiking in Greece? If you are looking for an answer to this question and more, then you are in the right place. So, take a cup of coffee and get ready to travel to Greece.

Greece Visa

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Before starting to talk about hiking trails in Greece, I want to talk about the Greece visa policy. Most people agree that getting a visa for Greece is not so hard. Generally, only 4-6% of the applicants fail during the application. The main reason for failure is providing wrong documents, missing documents, not fitting the requirements, etc. What are the types of Greece Visa? It has three categories: transit visa, short-term visa, and long-term visa. • Transit visa. If you are not from one of the visa-free countries and want to leave the international area while transiting from the territory of Greece, then you need a Transit visa. You should apply for a visa before your visit because processing lasts almost a month. • Short-term Visa. Probably, you know that Greece is a Schengen area country. So, you must obtain a Schengen visa for your temporary stay. It lets you stay in the country for a maximum of three months for purposes such as tourism, a short period of working or education, attending events, visiting a family member or a friend, etc. Regardless of the purpose of the visit, you will need to pay a charge for the visa application. The current fee for all Schengen areas is 80 EURO, but there are some discounts for certain nationalities and people. • Long-stay visa. It is also known as a National visa. People apply for it when they want to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Even if you are from a visa-waiver country, you should get this. Working, education or family reunion are the reasons to apply for a national visa. Of course, the charge for this type is higher. Applicants will pay 90-180 EURO (it may vary depending on the nationality). Also, you will need to provide some details and documents during the application procedure. These documents are: • Photo • Passport • Application form • Visa copy • ID card copy • Copy of the main page of passport • Medical insurance • Some documents for children • Evidence of financial means • Documents to prove booking or accommodation and a flight ticket If you want to get more information, you can enter the services section on our website.

Hiking in Athens Greece

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Maybe you think that hiking in Athens Greece, means just observing a concrete city, but it is not like that. There are plenty of exciting spots around the city to discover. One of the best places that you can visit is Lycabettus Hill. You can catch a charming view of the city from this location. It is a very popular spot among the locals and tourists. So, do not be surprised when you see a crowd of people when you reach there. Also, there is a restaurant where you can rest after hiking. Also, a little bit away from the city, you can observe rich flora and fauna in Mount Parnitha. You can reach Thrakomakedones village by public transport, and after that, you can choose one of the trails for hiking in Greece. Besides, there are some other worth-hiking spots such as Mount Hymettus, Mount Penteli, Mount Aigaleo, Mount Poikilo, Mount Cithaeron, etc.

Crete Island

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Hiking in Crete Greece is famous all over the world. It is hard to find a place like Crete that offers so many hiking tracks for its guests. So, get a map of the best hiking in Greece (Crete) when you go there. Till then, here are some of the best spots for wandering. The first point that I want to mention is a little bit challenging, Samaria Gorge Trail. The 14.3 kilometres length trail goes through mountains. That is why it may seem hard for new hikers. While discovering the land, you will listen to bird songs, enjoy the charming beauty of nature, and can take some most-liked photos for your social media. Also, you can bring your dog with you. It is one of the best advantages of this trial. However, you should lash them. Other spots for hiking in Crete Greece that tourists will admire are Richtis Gorge, Preveli beach, Nida Plateau, Xyloscalo, Faraggi Kladou, etc. The length of these trails changes between 2-15 km.

Santorini

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This travel heaven is also a lovely destination for hikers. Hiking in Santorini Greece is not only popular among foreigners but also among local people. In general, people start their journey in town Fira, the old port, and it ends in Oia. The total length of the trail is 10 km. During your hiking in Santorini Greece, you will pass some traditional villages, such as Firostefani, Imerovigli, etc. Another well-known track begins in Akrotiri and ends in Balos Cave. This one will be more exciting for those who are interested in history and archaeological sites. On your route, you will have a chance to see a prehistoric town. It had been lying beneath volcanic ashes for centuries. Archaeologists discovered most parts of the city after excavations in 1960. Additionally, you can visit a small church and be mesmerized by the charming view of rocky landscapes. You should add these tracks to your visiting list, too: Ancient Thera-Perissa Beach, Volcano Nea Kameni, Pyrgos-Prophet Elias Monastery, and so on.

Andros

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The next stop on our list of hiking trails in Greece is Andros. It is another hiking and travel centre in Greece. While talking about hiking in Andros Greece, we can mention more than 20 spots. Walking on the paths of this island is a unique experience because most of these trails date back to ancient times. So, you should expect to see plenty of ancient time structures, remains on your route. Because of this historical background, it would be better to explore those places with a tour. In that case, you will get a chance to learn about the locals and culture. The whole length of the trail is 100 km from north to south. You will need 10-15 days to finish your hiking in Andros Greece. So, prepare two weeks of the wandering plan before starting the journey. You can rest in villages, taste the delicious local cuisine at the end of the tiring day. Doesn't it sound beautiful?

Corfu

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Think about an island that has everything: a warm climate, enjoyable activities, pure water for swimming, and so on. Besides all these features, hiking in Corfu Greece is one of the reasons for the island's popularity. There are breathtaking scenes, local villages, charming bays, and other things that will make your hiking interesting. You will find something new in each second of your journey. You can choose to experience all of them or just part. How much time do I need for hiking? The length of trails changes. Some of them are very short, and you can finish them in just several hours. For example, you can walk to Porto Timoni or Donkey Path Trail. Both journeys will last for 30-60 minutes. The longest trail of the island is called the Corfu trail, and hiking in Corfu Greece lasts almost 20 days. During that time, you will walk more than 220 km. As it lasts longer, you can combine your hiking with camping.

Mount Olympus

meteora monasteriesWhere is the best hiking

in Greece? The last place that I want to mention as an answer to this question is the home of Greek gods, Mount Olympus. Most people agree that this 2900 meters high mountain is the most legendary mountain in the world. That is why hiking in Mount Olympus Greece is so popular among hiking fans. It is understandable because the mountain has plenty of things for guests. First of all, it is the first national park of Greece, in 1932 with a 239 square kilometres area. Today, it has a home for more than 25 mammal species, 1500 plant sorts, and 100 species of birds. The most popular part of hiking in Mount Olympus Greece is Mytikas. Also known as the mythical throne of Zeus. What is the best time to visit? Well, while answering this question, we must pay attention to two nuances: • Weather. Because of its height, Mount Olympus is cold, and you can expect to see snow between September and May. The weather is more friendly from June till September. • High season. Another thing that you should take into consideration is the crowd. More than 10000 people come here during the high season. So, if you don't like crowds, May and October is the ideal time for you. In conclusion, I have mentioned some of the best hiking in Greece. So, add these spots to your list before realizing travel to Greece.

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