Containing 450 species of plant and animal life, the Samaria Gorge is a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve

The best active holidays in Greece

Hiking, mountain biking, windsurfing & kitesurfing, scuba diving … even rock climbing and canyoning. Discover the best outdoor activities in Greece

If getting active on holiday in Greece is what you’re looking for, start getting excited now. Hiking, mountain biking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, kayaking … even rock climbing and canyoning. If it happens outdoors or underwater in Greece, we’ve tried it and we’re here to let you know how you can too.

Outdoors fun all year round

With 10 months of sunshine a year and a combination of mountains and one of the longest coastlines in the world, Greece has ideal conditions for active holidays throughout the year. So it doesn’t matter if you’re heading to an island or somewhere on the Greek mainland, make sure to pack a pair of good walking shoes and your sportswear. You’re in for a whole lot of fun.

Hiking around mainland Greece

Hiking is for many the best (it’s definitely the easiest) way to get active on your holidays in Greece. We’ve got hiking experiences for you to enjoy all over the country, including some of the most epic hikes anywhere in Europe.

If you’ve seen the Meteora landscape (with those giant rocks reaching into the sky and monasteries at the top of them) you’ll adore the hiking paths all around the area. And who could resist the temptation of hiking Mt Olympus, the legendary mountain of the gods? You don’t have to conquer all 2,917m to the highest peak. Far from it. Even the lower slopes are breathtaking, with the path along the Enipeas Gorge being easy enough to be enjoyed by the whole family, crossing wooden bridges and passing hidden waterfalls and other incredible nature.

The same goes for the many hiking paths on Mt Pelion, the mountain of mythical centaurs in eastern Greece where you can hike between villages and reward yourself with authentic Greek dishes in tavernas that are lost in time. And in Evritania, another tree-filled region of mainland Greece, we hiked to the menacingly named Black Cave and returned to tell the tale. 

The best walks on Greek islands

If you’re on a beach holiday on a Greek island, don’t think twice about hitting the hiking trails. In fact, many of the paths take you into the mountains where you’ll adore the cooler temperatures in peak summer months. In Kefalonia, we explore Mt Ainos (the first Greek island national park) and we take you down the spectacular Samaria Gorge in Crete (hands down one of Europe’s most epic hikes). Thassos, Tinos and Folegandros all have a wonderful network of hiking trails you can follow and you’ll never want to leave Santorini once you’ve walked along the caldera or into the mountainous interior. If that’s not all the motivation you need to get active on your holidays, then we don’t know what is.

Water sports in Greece

When it comes to active holidays on Greek islands, you can’t look any further than water sports. You’ll be able to water ski, windsurf, kitesurf, scuba dive and all those beach activities you love to do on a summer holiday. But we’ve also gone looking for day excursions you can do as a family or group of friends.

The Blue Caves are one of the highlights of Zante … but what about exploring them by sea kayak? Pretty cool, right. And we’ve also gone sea kayaking in Samos and to a couple of incredibly beautiful mainland destinations that are tailor-made for intrepid travellers: Lake Kremaston (in central Greece) and the Nestos River (in northeastern Greece). And just when you thought Meteora couldn’t get any more incredible, we’ve got yet another way to enjoy them … river-rafting.


Plenty more ways to get active on holiday 

If you’re into it, you’ll probably find it on your holidays in Greece. Mountain biking? There are mountains trails all around Athens and hiking and mountain biking day trips from the Greek capital to Mt Dirfis in Evia and elsewhere. Rock climbing? There are a surprising number of climbing sites all around Greece … but Kalymnos is one of the best climbing destinations in the world. Canyoning? You can’t beat the Orlias Gorge on Mt Olympus. Even snow skiing! There are more than 20 ski centres in Greece (yes, you read right), with the biggest being near Arachova on Mt Parnassos and Kalavryta on Mt Helmos.

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If you’re the kind of traveller who loves exploring everything about a country, you’ll love our guide to the top things to do in Greece. We take you around the leading cultural sites and on food and walking tours and introduce you to the best ways to experience Greece’s magical sea and countryside … all so you can plan your perfect holidays in Greece.

If you’ve booked your holidays to Greece and want to know all the things to do in and around your destination, or if you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration to decide where to go, welcome to our guide to the best things to do in Greece. It’s designed to be both inspiring and practical, helping you choose and plan the experiences you’ll be including on your bucket list.

Pick your perfect beach holiday

For us, Greek beaches are about so much more than sun, sea and sand. They all have their own character and reasons to visit. So we’ve explored all the most famous beaches in Greece and painted the picture for you. (Apologies in advance if it gets you wanting to be there right now.) if you’ve spent any time searching ‘Greece’ on Instagram, you’ve probably been introduced to many of them already. Then again, seeing really is believing.

How to bring Greek culture to life

When we think of Greek culture, we see so much more than temples and marble pillars. For us, Greece’s archaeological sites are alive with the myths and legends of antiquity. So we went looking to answer why Greece is referred to as the cradle of western civilisation at all the top ancient sites and toured museums and art galleries (many modern ones too) on islands and around the mainland. All so you can choose the right experiences for you.

Culture truly is all around you when you’re in Greece, which is why we’ve got a wide range of city and island walking tours you can follow, whether you’re on a city break in Athens or Thessaloniki or visiting a Greek island. We take a ‘locals know best’ approach, seeking out all those hidden gems you won’t find in a guidebook as well as ticking off the highlights. And of course you’ve heard of island-hopping. But have you ever heard of village-hopping? You have now.

Don’t forget to pack your appetite

Whether you’re a card-carrying foodie or looking to get to know Greek food a bit better, you’re in for a treat. We’re more passionate about food and drink than perhaps any other part of Greek culture and it shows in our foodie tours in cities and islands, as well as our vineyard and olive oil tours and our focus on classic Greek products like mastiha from Chios and ouzo from Lesvos.

You’ll find amazing things happening on the food front in Athens. And Thessaloniki might just be the premier foodie destination in Greece. That said, there are quite a few destinations that would disagree. Check out our food and drink tours – definitely some of the best things to do in Greece – and decide for yourself.

Get active on your holidays in Greece

One of our favourite sections in our guide to the best things to do in Greece is the collection of all outdoor activities. We take you to the top of mountains (they don’t all need to be as tall as Mt Olympus, although we take you there too) and trek down some of the most stunning gorges in Europe. If you’ve only ever been on a beach holiday to Greece, you’ll be amazed how many signposted hikes there are on both mainland and islands. There are even hikes that end at the beach. How’s that for a reward after a hike?

We have hiking excursions to some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece (yes, Meteora, we’re looking at you) and ideas for mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoning and even snow skiing. And if you’re a water sports enthusiast, there’s diving, kayaking, river rafting and more.

Boat trips to hidden beaches and islands neighbours

Finally, we went looking for the best boat trips in Greece. Some take you to remote beaches and others into sea caves. There’s even a boat trip from Alonissos that takes you around Greece’s first marine park. Or you could even boost your Greek island holiday by taking a day trip to a neighbouring island, or by adding an unexpected island-hopping twist to Athens getaway to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. We’ve got dozens of boat trips to choose from.

We’re here to give you ideas. The rest is up to you.

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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

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View from Lycabetus hill in Athens

Fill your lungs with the unexpected green spaces of Athens

Perfect for picnics, strolls and jogs, Athens’ parks and hills offer a serene counterbalance to the energy and bustle of the city centre
Exploring the beauty of Lake Kremaston by kayak

Exploring the beauty of Lake Kremaston by kayak

Spending a day kayaking or canoeing on the fjord-like Lake Kremaston is yet another magical outdoor activity in Central Greece
You pass a couple of waterfalls and some plunge pools big enough to take a dip, especially refreshing in summer

Hiking the Black Cave gorge in Evritania

Fill up on nature at its best by hiking from the picturesque village of Proussos to the historic Black Cave, hidden within one of the...
And where there are mountains, there’s mountain biking.

Mountain biking in Evia on Mt Dirfis

The tallest mountain in Evia offers a fantastic escape for mountain biking and other activities in nature, just 2hrs by car from Athens
Taking to the slopes and exploring the natural beauty of Greece’s most modern ski resort

Winter sports on Mount Parnassos

Taking to the slopes and exploring the natural beauty of Greece’s most modern ski resort is the perfect add-on to a winter city break in...
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