Extreme vacation: how to spend an original and active vacation in Greece

Extreme vacation: how to spend an original and active vacation in Greece

The Greek tourist authorities have confirmed a new policy to open borders for individual countries. Russia is also on this list. How Greece controls the situation with the coronavirus, and in what perspective the restrictions on the entry of Russians can be lifted, read our material.


Greece is doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of travelers and local residents. This was stated in an interview with the BBC by the Minister of Tourism of Greece Haris Theocharis. According to him, the situation with the coronavirus in Greece is one of the most favorable in Europe. The number of COVID-19 cases in Greece is still much lower than in other EU countries.

The authorities have implemented health protocols and extensive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and are constantly monitoring the situation in high-risk areas, acting precisely where necessary.

As the minister stressed, Greece ranks fifth in Europe in terms of the number of coronavirus tests carried out. 16 thousand tests are carried out in the country every day, including 8 thousand tests at border points. Most of the coronavirus cases in Greece are not caused by inbound tourism, Theocharis said, but because people do not follow health and safety regulations.

So, according to the Ministry of Civil Protection of Greece, from July 1 to August 30, 406,857 checks of arriving visitors were carried out at the points of entry into the country, of which only 853 cases were detected with coronavirus.

Since the resumption of international flights (July 1), Greece has received more than 3.2 million foreign guests. The total number of cases of coronavirus in the country approached 10.8 thousand people.

First of all, those tourists who are more likely to become carriers of the virus are tested at the entrance. Such visitors are "calculated" by the EVA program, created to check the risks of COVID-19.

Artificial intelligence EVA analyzes the data that international tourists upload to the electronic PLF (Passenger Locator Form) form on the website . ov. r, and on the basis of this information invites the competent services to check specific arriving tourists.


According to Theocharis, Greece will pursue a new policy to open borders for individual countries. Initially, limited access to 500 travelers per week is allowed, and if the epidemiological situation in connection with the arrivals of tourists from this country remains favorable, then the quota will gradually expand.

Want to rediscover Greece? Beaches, sea and architectural monuments are not all that Hellas is famous for. An authentic and unusual vacation is when you go hiking on trails that have not been trodden by tourists, venture into rafting on the purest mountain rivers or sea kayaking. There are a lot of opportunities! Where to look for adrenaline, fresh impressions and adventures - read right now on the ZagraNitsa portal

It is problematic to organize such trips for ourselves, and even in a foreign country. First, you need to know where in Greece is the best trekking, rafting, kayaking, cycling tourism. Secondly, it is difficult and inconvenient to carry equipment with you. Thirdly, on vacation you want to relax, and not deal with organizational issues. Therefore, it is better to turn to professionals. Trekking Hellas has been operating in Greece since 1986 and knows all about hiking, cycling, kayaking and rafting. Almost 20 thousand Greeks and 1800 foreign tourists use its programs annually.

Hike to Vikos Canyon

Vikos Gorge is part of Vikos-Aoos National Park. Tourists from all over the world come here. Some are looking for peace and tranquility, while others dream of conquering Vikos. By the way, it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the deepest gorge in the world. Its depth reaches 1600 meters, and its total length is about 20 km! The purest river Voidomatis flows along the bottom. To view the landscape from a height, you first need to overcome the steep slopes. The Vikos route runs along the riverbank, but in some places you will have to get your feet wet while crossing the crystal clear waters of Vikos. The duration of the trip through the canyon is 5–7 hours. Start - in the village of Monodendri. 45 minutes after leaving the village, you will get as close to the canyon as possible. Then - another 4 hours of an exciting journey and exit to the source of Voidomatis. The route ends in the village of Vikos.

Such trips are organized from May to October. The price depends on the number of people in the group. If only two people take part, the cost is 65 euros/person, three - 50 euros/person, four - 40 euros/person. The price includes: services of an English-speaking guide, transfer, picnic lunch, trekking canes.

Hiking in Crete

Who hasn't heard of Crete, the largest island in Greece? One can write odes about its fabulous beaches and crystal clear waters! Another pride of the island is the mountains. The highest - Ida - "grew" up to 2500 meters! From there, there are stunning views of western Crete: there are few places in the world where high mountains are so close to the sea. The Lefka Ori mountain range is popularly called the "White Mountains" because of its shining limestone. This is a great hiking spot. The starting point is the charming city of Chania. Together with a guide, tourists will walk along ancient roads and shepherd's paths, descend into beautiful gorges. There is an opportunity to visit the longest canyon in Europe - Samaria.

The program covers 8 days/7 nights and costs € 980 for a group of at least 4 participants. The price includes accommodation, meals, transfers, equipment, entrance fees to the gorges and guide services. Trips run from May to October (except August).

Hiking in Meteora

Meteora is one of the main attractions with which Greece is associated. The Orthodox monasteries “hanging in the air”, built in the 14th-15th centuries, are mesmerizing. But there, above, there are not abandoned monasteries: monks live in them. Tourists never cease to be amazed at this feat of hermitism. In 1988, Meteora was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the rocks, you can enjoy unique views, and professional guides will tell the history of the monasteries, tell about the features of the area, its geological significance. The beginning of the route is in the village of Kastraki near the monastery of St. Nicholas. Travelers will be shown old trails. The paths go around the rocks from different sides, and the monks still walk on them. There are two large rocks near the village - Pneuma and Dupiani. On their tops are the ruins of the most ancient monasteries of the era of Pantokrator. The bottom-up view is mesmerizing! Further, the route runs through a dense forest. This is the path to the once abandoned but now restored Yapapanti monastery and the ruins of the monastery of St. Dimitris. Then you will have to climb up - to the steep rock, to the monasteries of Barlaam and the Great Meteor (Transfiguration of Christ). The way back - descent from the mountain and again a journey along the ancient monastic paths. On the way back, there will be one more stop - near the cave of St. George Mandila.

You can sign up for a walk at any time of the year. The duration of the hike is 4–5 hours. Price - 20 EUR/person. provided that there are at least three. In addition, you need to pay for the entrance to the Great Meteor Monastery (3 euros/person). Food and drinks are not included in the price either.

One of the cities that Greece is famous for is Thessaloniki. The gentle beaches of the suburbs, exciting shopping, many interesting historical sites and attractions attract travelers from all over the world. To enjoy your holiday in Thessaloniki to the fullest, you need to know the location of the city, the beaches in the nearby villages and famous places to visit.

Basic information about Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second most populous Greek city with an important trade and tourism value. The cultural center of a country with a long history is the most attractive vacation spot.

Where is Thessaloniki and how to get there

The city of Thessaloniki has an area of ​​19.3 sq. km and is located on the coast of Thermaikos Gulf of the Balkan Peninsula. The population is just over a million, including urban and suburban residents.

You can come to rest in Thessaloniki in any convenient way. The city has an international airport "Macedonia", which is most often used by foreign guests. Locals, on the other hand, prefer to travel by trains that connect Thessaloniki with the capital and the main resort areas. The railway station is conveniently located at: Greece, Thessaloniki, 546 29. The geographical location of the city influenced the construction of one of the largest Mediterranean ports. From the city, tourists can go to the Greek islands, to the port of Piraeus, Mytilene, Alonissos, Skiathos and others.

From Moscow, a direct flight takes 3-3.5 hours, the approximate cost of a seat is 7-12 thousand rubles, depending on the class of services. A more economical way is to fly through the capital. From Athens, the flight is operated by local airlines. In this case, the cost of a ticket for one passenger will be about 5-6 thousand rubles. The rest of the options are tedious and fall short of expectations.

A bit of history

Thessaloniki was founded by the king of Macedonia Cassander in 315 BC. ... The city got its name in honor of the wife of the ruler - Thessalonica, sister of Alexander the Great. The city is famous for the birth of Cyril and Methodius, who contributed to the spread of Christianity and Slavic writing. Thanks to them, Thessaloniki remained a major center of Christians for a long time, on a par with Constantinople.

After the Turkish invasion in the 15th century, life and architecture in Thessaloniki changed. The influence of the Turks lasted until the early 20th century. The final liberation of the city of Thessaloniki took place during the First Balkan War in 1912.

The fire of 1917, which left a large number of people homeless, greatly changed the appearance of the city. However, even now in architecture, much resembles the times of Byzantium. Orthodox churches and monasteries fit well into the face of modern Thessaloniki. All buildings in the city are low-rise. Almost every window offers a wonderful view of the sea surface.

Transport links

Public transport in Thessaloniki is represented by bus only. One direct city bus ride costs € 1. There are tickets that allow you to move around the city for a certain time with several transfers. For example, a travel time of 1 hour 20 minutes with 3 transfers will cost a tourist as early as 2 euros.

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