Greece holidays have seen a spike in popularity with active holidaymakers wanting to explore both the islands and the mainland by foot on the many available hiking trails. With unspoilt, secluded beaches and stunning mountain scenery, it is no wonder that more people are opting to take in the beauty of Greece up close and at their own pace. Many hiking paths are available for the keen walker who likes a challenge, or the more leisurely hiker who wishes to relax along the way. Greece holidays offer the hiking traveller diverse options for their own unique walking holiday.
Hikes for Beach Bunnies
The small region of Kea is paradise for hikers searching for secluded beaches. The Pises-Vróskopos-Pises trail will take you to a private beach which can only be accessed by foot. The sandy path will carry you along an eye-catching route for one hour. Be sure to take your camera as the trail features unusual rock formations. Once you reach the Vróskopos beach, reward yourself with a dip in the crystal clear waters, or relax on the secluded beach with a good book and a cold drink. If you find this trail to your liking, try the similar beach hike of Agios Simeoón – Agios Fílippos trail. This hike also leads you to a secluded beach, but is slightly longer at one hour and forty five minutes. You will walk along valleys and riverbeds until you reach the historic chapel of Agios Filippos on a private sandy beach. Indulge in the history of this trail and take an afternoon to explore the beautiful surroundings.
The Samaria Gorge in Crete
If you plan to visit the island of Crete during your Greece holidays, then set aside a day to enjoy the challenging and striking trail of the Samaria Gorge. The gorge is a natural fortress with a rich history for you to explore. One interesting fact is that a point along the trail was the birthplace of the Cretan goddess Britomartis, and a shrine to Apollo can also be seen in this area. The dense expanse of trees which are apparent throughout the route mark a heavy contrast to the more sandy beach trails, but the hike is not without it’s own access to water. The path runs alongside a river, and hot or exhausted hikers can refresh themselves in the cooling waters of Agia Roumeli. To find your perfect hiking trip to Greece, check out travel websites like Directline Holidays, with packages to suit all budgets.