Best Outdoor Activities To Experience The Breathtaking Natural Beauty Of Greece

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 09 March 2022
Best Outdoor Activities To Experience The Breathtaking Natural Beauty Of Greece
Mountains, caves, lakes, rivers, small island chains, and gorges all wait to reward intrepid explorers with unforgettable experiences.

Here are some of the best outdoor activities to try if you want to see the untamed beauty of Greece unfolding before your eyes! 

1. Walk Samaria Gorge In Crete

Samaria Gorge

Running a length of 15 kilometers from the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains to the Libyan Sea, the Samaria Gorge is one of the best-known and most impressive natural landscapes in Greece.

It is located in the region of Hania, and traversing it takes the visitor through the rich, wild nature of the White Mountains National Park, past cypress and olive trees, pine forests, and countless springs. The gorge is 140 meters wide, narrowing to three meters at the location known as Portes (or Sideroportes). The sight of the soaring rock faces that flank the path is truly unforgettable.

2. Hike Through The Forests Of Rodopi 


The Rodopi mountain range was named after the mythical Rhodope, Queen of Thrace who, together with her husband Haemus, angered Zeus with their arrogance and were punished by being turned into mountains.

Far from the nearest large city, the mountains offer visitors the opportunity to wander through virgin landscapes with dense forests of conifers, diverse vegetation, and numerous waterfalls. At the ends of the days out in nature, welcoming refugees, remote mountain villages, and traditional guesthouses await. 

3. Go Water Rafting On The Arachthos River 


A unique experience awaits those who take to the waterways of the rich natural environment of Epirus, with its imposing gorges and deep canyons, proud mountains, and green forests.

The Arachthos River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Greece and ideal for rafting, as it combines exciting rapids with calmer sections. As you travel with the current you will pass through the wild, imposing Arachthos Gorge and stop to see the Glafki Waterfall. 

4. Go Sea Kayaking In Lichadonissia


A kayaking trip in the “Caribbean of Greece” isn’t an experience you’ll soon forget. This densely forested island group just off the coast of northern Evia is an exotic location, a paradise of azure water and white sand. A trip here can include a visit to a shallow wreck, which can be appreciated without scuba equipment.

Another pleasant surprise is the seal colony that lives on these small islands, offering spectacular photo opportunities. Nearby is the island of Strongyli, featuring a lighthouse built on the ruins of an 11th C. monastery.

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