Follow marvellous mosaic of paths across the Greek islands
Generation after generation have walked a path across the Greek countryside and, although they would not have known it, they were blazing trails for the tourists of today.
Countryside paths now form a marvellous mosaic of routes across mainland Greece and her islands so walkers to get off the beaten track and experience the peaceful magic of a country bursting with picturesque delights.
Whether you want to stroll to a deserted bay, stretch your legs in scenic olive groves and forests or test yourself on a challenging mountain climb you can find the right path.
The number of walkers choosing Greece for a holiday is going up as ancient trails are repaired and more walking guides become available.
Our top walks in the Greek islands
Crete, the largest island, has some wonderful walks. The headline hike is spectacular Samaria Gorge which snakes for 16 km between mountains to the sea.
Excursions go there from most resorts. Try the recently built Santa Marina Plaza at Agia Marina, a luxurious five-star treat for adults, or two-star Calypso Hotel just a few minutes from Chania’s picturesque Venetian harbour. But wherever you are in Crete there is likely to be a fascinating walk to suit you.
Tilos and Paxos
Tilos and Paxos are tiny islands but both are criss-crossed by ancient walking trails. A coastal path runs alongside the lovely white buildings of Ilidi Rock Apartments in Tilos. The Paxos Club Resort near Ghia has a swimming pool, sauna and massage room where you can relax after your walk.
Nearby Corfu has the Corfu Trail stretching the length of the island that was the venue for the hit TV series The Durrells. The trail goes through olive groves, villages, lovely beaches - and numerous resorts used by Olympic Holiday.
Recently built St George Palace is in a tranquil olive grove in peaceful Saint George’s North. Beautiful Paleokastritsa has two, three and four-star accommodation. And the trail starts - or finishes - in lively Kavos. Beach-side Corfu Sea Gardens is in a quieter area, but within easy reach of the action.
The Messinia area of the Peloponnese has a vast range of walking opportunities, including the Viros Gorge near Kardamyli, ancient mule trails around the Taggeto Mountain villages and easier paths at Gialovoa’s bird sanctuary lagoon and stunning Voidokilia bay. Kalamata, Stoupa and Costa Navarino are well-placed for exploring.
Get away in Cyprus and find a tranquil world of mountains, waterfalls, gorges and ancient sites. Paphos, with a huge range of accommodation, has a coastal walking trail. There is an Aphrodite Culture Trail, too, no surprise as legend has it the goddess of love was born on this sunshine island.
Walking is a great way to get a different perspective on mainland Greece too. For instance, Halkidiki, renowned for amazing beaches, has hiking trails with breathtaking views of the stunning coastline and countryside.
Whether you are a serious hiker or happy stroller, walking is a great way to ensure you go home from your holiday in Greece, the Greek island and Cyprus with many memorable Olympic Holidays’ moments.