Famous for its shimmering coastal resorts and vibrant islands, Greece has long been a destination for sun worshippers and partygoers but our walking holidays in Greece let you uncover its more authentic side. Greece is a fascinating destination and a hidden treasure in the heart of the Mediterranean where a true trekker’s paradise is waiting to be explored. Our self-guided and guided walking holidays of the Greek Islands steer you in the direction of archaeological gems, traditional whitewashed villages and tavernas where you can hang out with the locals.
If you want to avoid the summer crowds, it’s the perfect off-season destination in Europe where you can enjoy the world-famous sunset of Santorini or the authentic hospitality of the little-known island of Evia. While history buffs should head to the island of Kythnos, nature lovers will be in their element exploring the mountains.
Island hopping is one of the best ways to explore Greece as you’ll get to experience the unique charms of each one, from the irresistible scenery of Santorini and the Venetian Castello town of Hora on Naxos to the Cycladic and medieval villages of Paros. And, of course, you can sample the local food and wines along the way. Tuck into a traditional Souvlaki and baked Greek Moussaka or devour some of the ginormous olives that are dripping in olive oil. Greece is also renowned for its wonderfully fresh fish and seafood that is caught each day.
Greece Walking Holidays
8 Daysfrom£ 1,099
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Discover Evia with walks through coastal paths, forests and gorges
Top 5 Islands to Explore on Walking Holidays in Greece
Kythnos: Boasting everything from ancient archaeological sites to stunning landscapes, Kythnos is a paradise for walkers. It may be one of the less popular destinations but it sure packs a punch with its incomparable scenery. Our guided walking holidays in the Greek islands also introduce you to its fabulous culture and friendly locals. Discover the most idyllic views as you follow a series of walking trails past ancient sites, along the coast and through the untamed countryside, or explore the fabulous Byzantine castle ruins that lie on top of the headland.
Evia: Although Evia is the second largest island in Greece, its beautiful mountain villages and heavenly beaches remain much less crowded than other islands. As well as taking you off the tourist paths, Evia will charm you with its picturesque landscapes that wrap around country lanes and goat trails. Discover authentic mountain villages, Byzantine churches and fascinating Roman sites, perhaps resting for a cool drink at one of the traditional Greek tavernas or ouzo-meze bars along the way. The walk through the valley of Mili is especially scenic and as you wind among citrus trees, cypress trees and olive groves, the most dramatic views across the Aegean Sea unfold.
Santorini: Arguably the most famous island in Greece, and in the world, owing to its stellar sunsets and Cycladic whitewashed houses, Santorini is every paradise seeker’s dream. It’s hard to believe that the entire island was created from a gigantic volcanic eruption circa 1650 BC, forming its distinctive crescent shape that you see today. The villages of Oia and Fira are equally as captivating and give you a glimpse into the culture and history of Santorini. You’ll also find world-class restaurants and bars on the island where you can try traditional Greek food and enjoy a drink as you look out over the Mediterranean. If you prefer to escape the busier parts of Santorini, there are plenty of secluded walking trails and ancient sites to explore.
Paros: Walk along Byzantine paths that connect the ancient villages of Paros and uncover the incredible past of this beguiling island. Its famous white marble put Paros on the map when it was used to carve the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb. The beaches of Paros are undoubtedly beautiful but it’s the historic villages and towns that really let you get under its skin. Head to the capital and port town of Paroikia where medieval and neoclassical buildings line the streets or follow the centuries-old Byzantine path from Leftkes to the east coast of Paros.
Naxos: This is the largest of the Cyclades islands and its diverse landscape plays host to pretty walking trails, ancient sites and mountain villages. The main town of Hora is made up of higgledy-piggledy streets, fortified Venetian mansions and a vibrant waterfront but if you prefer to go off grid, you won’t have to go far before you find yourself at an historic site or a remote mountain village. As you explore, you’ll also notice a blend of Classical, Venetian and Byzantium influences throughout the island. Because of its fertile landscapes, Naxos is home to some of the finest produce in the country, including olives, corn, grapes, figs and citrus fruit.
This was an excellent week of walking. The paths are steep in some places but well defined and Jose guided us with care and attention on the challenging ascents and descents of the Sierra Aitana. The walks were well-paced by Jose but the days are long so you do need to be fit. We trekked through a number of landscapes illustrating the historic and current use of the area and Jose with his local knowledge enhanced our understanding of how this area has evolved over the centuries as well as the current challenges. The views from the walks were amazing – one way you could see the coast from Alicante to Benidorm and beyond and the other the folding valleys and mountains of the interior. The skies were blue and the days sunny and warm and we experienced very little wind even on the summits. We were based at the Hostel Rincon de Pepe where we had a wonderful week being looked after by Raquel. The food was amazing and hearty (three courses plus wine). The terrace was also great place to have breakfast every morning as the sun rose out of the Med, as well as a beer or two after the walk as the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
This is a great week’s walking in a little-known (and underrated) part of Spain. The Aitana range is a compact set of mountains so you get to tick off almost all of it, and there are great views from the top of all the peaks, out to the coast and across to the surrounding peaks. Most of the walks are reasonably demanding, but also rewarding.
Being based in one location, with very short transfers (or none) for each walk makes for a very relaxing week aside from the walking. It’s also a fairly short transfer to/from Alicante Airport.
The vast majority of meals are included which makes it much better value than some other (apparently similarly priced) holidays.
Jose the guide is exceptional: hard-working, helpful, supportive and deeply knowledgeable about the area.