Because of its incredible climate and wide range of scenery, from islands to mountains, Greece is a top vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Many people choose to be as close as possible to nature by camping, which has grown in popularity in Greece. While there aren’t many official campsites around the country, those that exist often come with a lot of amenities. They also vary widely in terms of landscape, from campgrounds on the beach to sites in densely forested areas. Experiencing Greek islands and national parks from a campsite provides a unique perspective on the natural beauty of the country—those who love the outdoors should consider a Greek camping trip for their next vacation. A handful of the top locations for camping in Greece include:
Located near Gythion in the Peloponnese, this site sits right next to the beach and provides guests with a swimming pool and equipment for windsurfing, as well as quick access to the many historical attractions of the area. The Peloponnese features a number of ancient cities and Byzantine ruins, as well as gorgeous beaches and endless stretches of orange and olive groves. For maximum convenience, the main camping area has a bar, a restaurant, and a miniature market. Guests can rent caravans or tents in addition to bringing their own gear.
The island of Leros, part of the Dodecanese, sits off the beaten tourist track. The camping site on the island is located in the heart of an olive grove that has produced fruit for several centuries. Leros tends to attract scuba divers, since the campground features a diving club that offers lessons, scuba adventures, and snorkeling trips. People who do not want to sleep in a tent can rent a bungalow to get a bit of shelter from the hot Mediterranean sun. The campground also features a small café for easy meals and facilities for grilling.
On the western coast of Greece is Epirus, a mountainous region with lush forests. Outdoor enthusiasts often find themselves in this area because of the variety of landscapes situated in a relatively small area, including rugged mountains and rivers cutting deep valleys through them, not to mention some charming stretches of beach. The beach at Lichnos features apartments along with camping grounds that offer basic facilities, as well as umbrellas and sun beds for beachgoers. There’s also a beautiful garden. In all, the site is an excellent place for nature-lovers to stay while hiking through Epirus.
In Greece, the island of Skiathos has become known for its excellent camping along Koukounaries beach. The camping site is located less than a quarter-mile from the beach, and a bus makes it easy to travel to Skiathos Town or the other beaches scattered around the island. Ancient trees around the camping grounds provide protection from the bright sun, making it a perfect home base for an island getaway. Travelers can reach Skiathos via ferry from either Volos or Agios Konstantinos, and these boats also serve the islands of Skopelos and Alonissos.
Located in the Northern Aegean Sea, Lemnos does not receive many tourists, which means that its beaches are relatively pristine. On the island is Surf Club Keros, a windsurfing resort that offers guests a wide range of accommodations, including safari tents and luxury studios. You can also bring your own equipment if you prefer. The island features some truly breathtaking landscapes that are worth spending some time exploring, but Lemnos is also one of the best places in Greece for windsurfing.
Travelers with children who enjoy the outdoors should definitely consider spending a few nights on Evia. Along the northeastern coast of this island is Agia Anna, a small village near the beach with a well-developed campground resort that boasts basketball and volleyball courts, as well as swimming pools. The programs and activities for children are extensive here, so the kids will have an unforgettable time. In addition to tents and bungalows, the accommodations include a special garden cabana and a luxuriously appointed yurt.
A four-hour ferry ride from Athens, Paros has become a popular choice among people who want to introduce some nature into their vacation. Great campgrounds are situated in Agia Irini, Krios, Naoussa, and Santa Maria, and all are virtually right on the beach. Strategically planted trees provide shade from the sun as well, and guests have access to great facilities. In addition, Paros proves a great choice of home base for exploring several Greek islands, since the ferries can carry travelers to many surrounding destinations.
One of the more popular Greek islands, Naxos has golden beaches, ancient ruins, and beautiful stretches of land waiting to be explored. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are both popular pastimes for vacationers. Those who want to maximize their outdoor time often choose to camp on Plaka beach, which is famous for its watersports; or Maragas beach, known for its beautiful, blue waters. Both of these campgrounds are only steps from the sea and can be reached easily from the port of Naxos, where ferries dock.