While some people want nothing more than to sit on the beach and relax during vacation, other people see this time as the right opportunity for adventure. Greece is widely known for its beauty and its long history, but few tourists realize that it is also a great destination for outdoor activities. Across the mainland and the islands, a number of great opportunities exist for getting outside and enjoying some adventure.
Among these opportunities are the following:
Kalymnos – Rock Climbing
Once a major destination for archaeologists, Kalymnos now receives relatively few visitors. In an effort to drive additional tourism, the island decided to capitalize on its natural resources and introduce Massouri and Armeos, two resorts in the northwest part of the island that are focused on rock climbing.
Kalymnos features towering limestone cliffs and provides easy access to Telendos, a tiny islet known for its great rock-climbing cliffs. New routes continue to open up along these cliffs, adding to the many that are already available. The island also hosts a major climbing festival each year, usually during October. Because summers in Greece can get so hot, a rock-climbing adventure is best enjoyed in the spring or fall.
Corinth – Bungee Jumping
People who want a simply thrilling experience during their vacation in Greece may want to head to Corinth, which has developed a reputation for bungee jumping. Here, individuals dive right over the aquamarine waters of the Corinth Channel and take in the breathtaking scenery while enjoying one of the biggest adrenaline rushes available. The cliffs along the Corinth Channel are particularly picturesque, so individuals should be sure to bring their cameras along for this adventure.
Aegina – Sailing
Because Greece has such an abundance of gorgeous water, it attracts a number of sailors each year. One of the prime destinations for advanced sailors and novices alike is Aegina, which is a short boat ride away from Athens. This island is home to the Aegean Sailing School, which offers six-day family sailing holidays that people can book. During the adventure, individuals sleep aboard the vessel while learning how to steer, gain speed, and slow down. Of course, there is plenty of free time for swimming and sight-seeing.
Thessaly – Mountaineering
Tourists who want to spend some time in the mountains of Greece should head to Thessaly, which is home to the towering Mount Olympus. Here, individuals will have the opportunity to kayak, rock climb, explore rugged canyons, mountain bike, and hike. In addition to inspiring vistas of Mount Olympus, these trails provide excellent views of the Aegean Sea, the River Pineios, and Tempi Valley. Families that do not have a lot of mountaineering experience can engage companies like Olympos Trek in Larissa that plan set adventures, including many of the activities mentioned earlier.
Peloponnese – Skiing
For most people, Greece is not the first place that comes to mind when talking about great skiing destinations in Europe. However, the country has some great slopes in regions that are not as warm as others. For example, Mount Parnassos, which has an elevation in excess of 8,000 feet, receives significant snowfall each year. This region has some great ski resorts, with multiple slopes catering to individuals of all skills levels.
Advanced skiers and snowboarders should check out Kellaria and Fterolakka, two of the larger trails. Altogether, the region has more than a dozen runs, with three of them rated as extremely difficult. Tourists also flock to Mt. Helmos on Peloponnese because it is so close to Athens. The ski resort in Kalavryta has a number of green runs and a few with very steep and winding trails.
Arcadia – Hiking
People who love hiking need to check out Gortynia in Arcadia. This area has eight different trails, including the Zygovisti-Elati trail that has become popular among the most daring hikers. This trail features a massive incline that takes individuals more than 5,000 feet above sea level, but it rewards their efforts with incredible views of massive boulders and thick forests covering the local hills. On the latter part of the path, hikers will see the red-tiled roofs of Elati, a small settlement surrounded by old, fortified walls. Visitors can finish their hike here and enjoy some of the delicious local food, such as baklava soaked in honey.
Paros – Windsurfing
Part of the Cyclades, Paros is an island that has hosted the Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup on multiple occasions. Throughout the summer, New Golden Beach gets a continuous breeze that makes it ideal for the sport. Because the breeze can die down at times, beginners also find it a great place to learn. Individuals can rent equipment on the island and hire instructors to help them learn. Windsurfing fans may even encounter some Olympic medalists practicing on the island.