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GET TO KNOW THE SOUL
OF GREECE ON FOOT Discover the secrets of Greece the old-fashioned way, on foot, by taking long treks or short hikes through scenery of unimagined beauty
It’s hiking season in Greece, where the weather is still dry and the days are long enough to get in long journeys that do justice to the incredible landscape. So to put you in the mood, we’ve identified five of the best hiking locations in the country. Enjoy!

Mytikas, Olympus’ highest peak. 
The classic ascent to the top of Mt Olympus starts from the Prionia refuge at 1,100m. This is the highest spot that you can drive to and if you’re hiking on the E4, you’ll also pass through here from Litochoro and the Epineas Gorge, before continuing up the mountain.

Walking the Vikos Gorge. 
One of Europe’s deepest and longest gorges, this is a must for nature lovers. The descent from Monodendri and the ascent to Vikos is steep, but the walk above the Aoos River in the heart of the Vikos-Aoos National Park is fairly even and not too demanding. The six-hour trek is mostly shaded. Ravishing flowers cover the slopes until late spring, and you can even take a dip in icy waters if you’re truly brave.

Taygetos. 
On the Laconia side alone the network of signed paths on this mountain surpasses 90km of varying length and degrees of difficulty. The Messinia side has a comparable network and includes the stunning Koskarakas, Viros and Ridomos gorges.

Pelion. 
This thickly wooded mountain, with its two coastlines, lush ravines, well-maintained traditional paths and stone bridges is one of the most satisfying places in Greece to hike.

The great Samaria Gorge. 
Hikers by the thousands come here from all over the world in summer to walk the most famous gorge in Crete and to experience the power of nature close at hand. The gorge is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250m at the northern entrance and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli.
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Path to the top of Olympus mountain in Greece