Summer Holidays in Greece for Adventurers

Greece may be a popular summer holiday destination for a beach-time on a Greek island but so it is for outdoor adventures and a fun active summer holiday. If you are an adventurer, check out here the best outdoor activities in Greece.

Undoubtedly, summer holidays in Greece usually are all about the high temperatures, the beach, sunbathing, the Greek islands, and simply relaxing with refreshing drinks, delicious food, and beautiful views. But there are other things in this country that should be as much appreciated.

If you are a nature lover and an adventurer, you shouldn’t miss out on the beautiful weather and the incredibly diverse landscapes. Greece has the perfect environment for those who love fun and active holidays. Whether it’s a hiking, sailing, kayaking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, canyoning, and even skiing, Greece has it all.

Let’s check out the 3 most popular outdoor adventures.

Hiking

Greece is, in fact, 80% mountainous, with more than 40 mountain ranges and over 2,000 meters high from which you can enjoy stunning views. Hikers have the option of coastal and inland hikes, some of which offer 360-degree views of the island’s summits.

Many hiking trails have thousands of years of history and culture, so it is not uncommon to come across Byzantine churches, medieval castles, and ancient ruins during a walk.

Some of the top hiking experiences are:

  • Olympus
  • Meteora
  • Pindos Mountains
  • Cyclades
  • Crete

Sea Kayaking

Explore the 11th longest coastline in the world. You can arrange a day trip or a kayaking trip for a week and more. Most of Greece’s waters are calm and safe, thus, there are islands where you can go around and paddle in a day. Water clarity and marine life are top-notch, so you may have the opportunity to spot dolphins, sea turtles, and monk seals.

The landscapes around the Greek waters range from volcanic minerals and scenic limestone cliffs to lush hillsides dotted with pine trees to waterlines. Also, you can discover ancient coastal ruins, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and the Temple of Atina Lindos at Rhodes.

Some of the top kayaking experiences are:

  • Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
  • Lindos in Rhodes
  • A Santorini sunset paddle
  • Milos

Canyoning

With over 150 canyons in Greece, you can explore from simple routes that the whole family can enjoy to challenging trails that require skilled and experienced guides. Many of the Greek canyons are ideal for half-day or full-day canyon excursions. Most of them end up at a private natural beach.

The canyon can be dry, flowing, or with stagnant water that forms an impressive landscape of waterfalls, water slides, and swimming spots in natural pools. Perhaps joining a group is definitely the way to go, as some require a combination of special equipment and physical and mental agility.

Some of the top canyoning experiences are:

  • Goura Gorge, Athens
  • Orlias Gorge, Mt. Olympus
  • Havos Gorge, Evia
  • Samaria Gorge, Crete