Greece is one of those few places on the planet, which has a lot to offer to any kind of traveller. With historical sites like the Acropolis and the Delphi Theatre, the idyllic beaches that adorn the surrounding islands and the breathtaking nature, Greece is a treat no matter what you’re into.
Away from all that the land of the gods has to offer in terms of history and mythology, a different side to this very sought after location lurks in the background. Adventure. So here are a few things to look out for if you’re the outdoor type of traveller.
Around the coast and on some of the islands that surround the mainland are the some of the nicest waters mother earth has to offer. Windsurfing and sailing are some of the favorites, especially near the island of Rhodes where the wind and weather conditions help make it a desirable spot. The Aegean winds of the Cyclades islands are also an attractive spot if you’re up for some kite surfing or wakeboarding. If you’re new to this kind of thing but feel ready to brave it don’t fret, you’ll find the nice schools and friendly instructors really accommodating. Kayaking around the coast of the islands and exploring the caves like those in Milos or the Melissani caves in Kefalonia is another favorite.
Trekking on any one of the Greek Islands with ample choice of footpaths taking you through hillsides bedecked with olive trees, toy-like villages and historical ruins always proves to be a great adventure. The weather is fantastic for trekking nearly everyday of the year, although spring and autumn are always the best times to visit if you want to really appreciate the countryside. One small word of advice, try and avoid the months of July and August as the place will be swarmed with tourists from all sides of the globe.
Greece is 80% mountainous so if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous why not climb one of the mounts that the country has on offer? With more than a 100 mountains available, your question should simply be which one should I climb? Mount Olympus located on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia has one of the highest peaks, and except for the final section from the Skala summit to Mytikas summit the climb up is a non-technical hike. It is estimated that about 10, 000 people climb mount Olympus each year, although only a few actually do get to Mytikas. Another favorite is mount Lycabettus, the cretaceous limestone hill overlooking the city. Climbing up shouldn’t take long, but once on top the view of the city is breathtaking.
The Greek’s relationship with the sea goes back millennia, so it’s no wonder that diving here is quite a welcome treat. The Koundouros reef near the island of Kea and the Anna II wreckage near Mykonos are truly unforgettable experiences for any diver who visits. Underwater caverns surround most of the Greek shores and the chance of discovering some artifacts on any dive is what makes the diving experience in Greece such a unique one.
About the Author
Stephen Ewans is an avid traveller and writer, writing for Mykonos Panormos Villas, a luxury location on the island of Mykonos.