What makes Greece special and ideal for all kinds of sports all year round? The marvellous mild climate, a landscape that is four-fifths mountains and one of the longest coastlines in the world.

Sea sports in Greece

Feel the wind at your back as you sail through the Aegean and the Ionian seasencountering islands populated and deserted, emerald water and private beaches. If competition runs in your blood there are many racing events you can participate in, such as the Aegean Regatta, the International Cyclades Regatta and the Aegean Rally, to name but a few.

And then there is always the world beneath the glistening waves. Feel the exhilaration of diving deep to underwater caves, ghostly shipwrecks and colourful reefs, from Skiathos to Lefkas, Zakynthos, Santorini and Corfu.

Go windsurfing and kite-surfing on Crete, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Limnos, Samos and Lesvos. The water skiing and wakeboarding are excellent along the Athenian Riviera as well as on Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes, Lefkas, Santorini, Halkida and Crete.

Mountain sports in Greece

Change of scene. The action moves to Greece’s mountainsMountain sports will bring you to another side of Greece’s natural beauty, to lofty peaks, vertical cliffs, white-water gorges, rivers, lakes, forests and trails running through it all. On Kalymnos you’ll find one of the world’s ten best rock-climbing sites, and on Crete you can hike the longest gorge in Europe, Samaria.

Your trekking options are endless; from the mountain of the gods, Olympus, to the pillars of Meteora; from the Greek part of the European trail network crossing the country from end to end, to the ancient Roman roads of Epirus; and from the paths through the forests of Pelion to the donkey trails of the islands, each will etch itself onto your memory. If mountain biking is your thing you’ll find excellent routes near big cities, such as Parnitha near Athens, as well as in more remote locations where you can enjoy pristine nature, such as Litohoro, Samothraki, Karpenisi and Kissavos.

Every season in Greece brings new pleasures. Greece’s ski centres at Parnassos, Kalavryta, Evrytania, Vasilitsa near Grevena will test your downhill skills all winter long while in the summer the melting snow fills rivers such as the Lousios, the Acheloos, the Pineios and Voidomatis, making them ideal for rafting.

Extreme sports

In Greece, extreme sports offer genuine emotional experiences. Your adrenaline will spike on dozens of off-road routes for cars and motorcycles, or as you jump out of an airplane in the extreme sport of skydiving.

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Through a 36m tall opening, the shafts of daylight that come streaming in from above bounce off the water and light up the chamber with ethereal blues

Boating in Kefalonia’s Melissani Cave

Nothing prepares you for the ethereal blues and mystical aura of the Melissani Cave in Kefalonia
Containing 450 species of plant and animal life, the Samaria Gorge is a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve

Hiking the spectacular Samaria Gorge in Chania

Surrounded by some of the most striking scenery in Europe, the Samaria Gorge trail, in Chania, includes abandoned villages and the rich wildlife of Crete’s...
Volakes rocks near Volax village in Tinos

Discover the hiking paths of Tinos

Crisscrossing the entire island, Tinos’ extensive network of hiking trails is the ideal way to explore a landscape that exudes authenticity.
Hiking the Enipeas Gorge on Mount Olympus

Exploring the hiking trails of Mount Olympus

Whether you want to conquer the home of the gods or gently hike through divine nature, Mt Olympus stands ready to greet you
The most popular uphill trail of Pelion mountain is the trail of Centaurs

Explore the hiking paths of Pelion

There are walks you can do right across Pelion, taking you through a rich landscape of forests, streams and waterfalls and through fabulous mountain and...
Just the setting catapults this experience into once-in-a-lifetime territory, surrounded by the thick forest and gushing waters

Canyoning the Orlias Gorge on Mt Olympus

Become one with Greece’s most famous mountain by canyoning the Orlias Gorge, over boulders and down waterfalls … spiking your adrenaline level one minute and...
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