Six types of tourism in Greece

Active tourism in Greece

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.

Rafting in Lusios Gorge

According to the legends, the supreme god Zeus bathed in the waters of the Lusios River. These places are called paradise, closed from the vain world. The monastery of St. John the Baptist on the slope of the canyon fits perfectly into such a Paradise. As for rafting, it is the second (medium) difficulty. The rafting will begin on the Lusios river, continue along the longest river of the Peloponnese, Alfios, and end near the Kukos bridge.

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

Greece is an amazing place that is considered a popular resort. In 2018, more than 30 million people visited the country, and this figure is growing every year.

Greece is loved for its comfortable climate almost all year round, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, developed tourist business and incredibly beautiful landscapes. But the main wealth of the country is its heritage, history, unique antique sights, which were left behind by one of the most ancient nations.

In this selection we have collected 10 of the best resorts in Greece!

Crete

Crete is considered to be one of the best European resorts and has a very developed tourist infrastructure. This largest Greek island is washed by three seas and was inhabited in ancient times by the Minoan civilization - the earliest in Europe. There are many unique historical monuments left in Crete, for example, excavations in Gortyna, Knossos, Malia and others. In addition, the island has unique natural attractions - Lake Kurna, Samaria Gorge, Balos Bay and others.

Corfu

The northernmost Greek island of Corfu is also called Kerkyra, and it is also popular with tourists. It has a good climate, everything for a comfortable stay and many natural and historical attractions. In addition, the island is popular among Orthodox and Catholic pilgrims, as the relics of revered saints are located in the temples of the island. Easter is celebrated here on a grand scale - processions, parades and performances.

Zakynthos

This islet in the Ionian Sea is famous for its historical sights - the Venetian fortress, medieval temples with frescoes of the 11-15th centuries. According to legends, Apollo and Artemis were fascinated by the beauty of the island, and it is not surprising, because there are stunning golden beaches, many citrus and olive trees and pine forests. Zakynthos also has the largest population of Caretta Caretta sea turtles.

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What to do in Greece if you come there in winter? Or don't you like a beach holiday? Let's talk about the six most popular types of recreation for every taste and budget.

"Beautiful Hellas", "the cradle of Europe", a country with the most ancient and diverse culture, unique language, a country of biological diversity and amazing landscape. Unfortunately, in recent decades, Greece has gained popularity only as a summer tourism destination, when a beach holiday is combined with a trip to nearby attractions or buying a fur product. This is unfair because Greece is interesting all year round. In each season, stepping on the ancient land of Hellas, the traveler will discover unexpected little joys with which he can replenish the treasury of impressions. Here are six types of recreation that this wonderful country has to offer.

What to do in Greece

Excursions to historic sites

Undoubtedly, the first thing to see in Greece is the legacy of ancient civilizations. Archaeological sites are scattered throughout the country. Remains of the Palace of Knossos in Crete, in the labyrinth under which the legendary Minotaur was imprisoned, the impressive Lion Gate in Mycenae, Dion - the city of Zeus at the foot of Olympus, the Delphic Oracle, and of course the Athenian Acropolis. This is not a complete list of historical monuments that can be seen in Greece.

Of course, a self-guided tour will cost a little more than the excursion programs offered by tour operators, but it should be noted that within the framework of such programs the sights are looked around very quickly, many are not looked around at all. Therefore, if you want to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of Ancient Hellas, thoroughly, and, most importantly, to see the sights without haste and fuss, you still better go on an independent journey. I assure you that you will discover treasures and secrets that are inaccessible to the clients of travel agencies.

Outdoor activities

In addition to interesting and informative excursions to historical sites, Greece provides a wide range of options for outdoor activities. The mountains and mountain rivers of Greece are undeservedly ignored by tourists, and in addition to their stunning beauty, they open up opportunities for sports such as skiing, speleology, rafting, mountaineering, trekking (hiking), mountain biking.

Types of Tourism in Greece

On the example of Greece, you can try all types of recreation: from standard beach to alternative. Tourism brings a quarter of all income to the country, so there will be activities for everyone. We are talking about a vacation in Greece - choose the option that is close to you.

Beach tourism

There are 394 beaches in the country with the "Blue Flag" sign for the purity of the water and the coastline. Therefore, do not be surprised when you see numerous campsites in the Peloponnese, in Pelion, Macedonia, Epiria, Thrace and in all resorts - Greeks also love to come to the Ionian Sea. Travelers also follow their example and come to the country with tents or on trailers. Our top 5 best beaches:

  • Super Paradise, Mykonos.
  • Lalaria, Skiathos.
  • Sarakiniko, Milos.
  • Kolimbirtes, Paros.
  • Navagio, Zakynthos.

Sea tourism

Want to visit islands from ancient Greek myths? Choose cruises - it is not only picturesque, but also much more convenient than bus excursions. The islands are legends in themselves: they were once the nymphs who angered Poseidon. We advise you to visit:

  • Crete is the homeland of the Thunderer Zeus, the refuge of the Minotaur,
  • Santorini is part of the disappeared continent of Atlantis,
  • Rhodes is the homeland of the sun lord Helios,
  • Corfu is the hideout of the Argonauts after the kidnapping of the golden fleece.

Health Tourism

There are about 700 thermal springs in the country, and most of the hotels have spa centers. Mineral springs will help to improve the condition:

  • skin ,
  • kidney ,
  • stomach ,
  • heart and blood vessels,
  • endocrine system,
  • musculoskeletal system.

Even if everything is in order with health, water with minerals will rejuvenate the skin and cleanse the body. The most popular balneological resort is Loutraki.

Sports tourism

It's a crime to go to Greece just to see the sights at a frantic pace or, conversely, lazily wallow on the beach. In this country one should enjoy: food and wine, sea and midday heat, communication with locals and nature, antiquities and silence, discos and fun. All at once - it will not work in any other way here anyway.

Winter guests of Greece will find comfortable cool weather, no summer "bust" of tourists, a huge number of attractions and a well-developed tourist infrastructure. In addition, in winter, "fur-tours", beautiful nature and the opportunity to spend a wonderful vacation on one of the most beautiful islands in the country, Rhodes, do not go anywhere. The prices in spa hotels that have significantly decreased during the off-season period nicely complement the picture; in addition, it is in winter that you can gnaw on the granite of science without being distracted by the treacherously shining sea under the sun's rays.

Regions and resorts of Greece

Beaten and old, but true: Greece has it all! This amazing Mediterranean country has collected, it seems, absolutely all the benefits of the tourist world. Dizzying peaks, sheltered on their slopes with first-class ski resorts like Vasilitsa or Kaimaktsalan, here side by side with the wonderful beaches of the Peloponnese and Halkidiki. Well, a relaxed vacation on the countless Greek islands, so popular with tourists, is easily complemented by an impressive "excursion". Moreover, the latter is enough even in the dusty corner of Greece - from Athens to some tiny piece of land like Patmos. It is simply impossible to describe in a nutshell the main wealth of the country's regions, therefore on the page "Cities and Resorts of Greece" we briefly but succinctly told about the main directions and interests of the blessed homeland of Odysseus.

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Climate

In Mediterranean Greece, summer is hot and dry, and the number of sunny days per year exceeds 300. The hottest period lasts from mid-July to mid-August, so those who like to relax at a moderate temperature are better off here in May, June, September and October in Crete and Rhodes. The islands are always hotter than Northern Greece. Athens has approximately the same average temperature as on the islands, but in the latter the climate is milder and the heat is more tolerated.

It can be chilly at night in early and late summer due to the constantly blowing breeze. The holiday season on the islands starts earlier and lasts from April to October. In Northern Greece, the season lasts from May to September. The mildest and most comfortable periods for staying in the country are May-June and September-October. Read more: the climate of Greece.

See also the current weather forecast for the main Greek resorts for 10 days and the analysis of the weather in the country by month.

Visa and Customs

A Greek visa can be issued at the consular section of the Greek Embassy in Moscow (3 working days), at the Greek Visa Application Center in Moscow (3 working days), at the Consulates General of Greece in St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk (4-10 working days). Do not forget that in order to apply for a visa, you must purchase an insurance policy in advance for the entire duration of the trip.

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