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Greece is a beautiful place. It is steeped in history and mythology, where towering mountains and pristine beaches surround luscious forests, deep valleys and many more natural wonders. For an outdoor adventurer, there’s no better natural playground for hiking, snorkeling, or any other way of traversing such a variety of terrains – all under the blissful warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Here, we take a look at three of the best places to enjoy new sights and experiences in Greece.

Outdoor adventure Greece

Mount Olympus in the distance – Wikimedia Creative Commons – By Cristo Vlahos – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Related: Hiking Santorini from Oia to Fira

Outdoor adventure in Greece

Mount Olympus

Of course, no escapade to Greece would be complete without attempting to climb the majestic heights of Mount Olympus. This epic home of the Gods stands at 9,570 feet. This makes it the tallest mountain in the country. Mount Olympus is home to a vast array of rare plants and animals. The area is teeming with fauna and flora, including many endemic plants and over 100 species of birds – which is likely why it became the first National Forest in 1938.

This expedition offers unparalleled hiking opportunities through emerald forests and quaint whitewashed towns, hidden waterfalls and rocky peaks. There are a variety of trails to choose from to suit all ability levels, so you’re sure to find one that suits you and your hiking crew. Whichever peaks you tackle, be prepared for breathtaking views of the sun-drenched landscapes below.

Meteora Greece

Beautiful Meteora – Wikimedia Creative Commons – By Stathis floros – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora is something of a hidden gem when it comes to mainland Greece. Here, ancient monasteries perch precariously atop towering sandstone pillars. Meteora is a testament to the bravery and creativity of the ancient monks who built them. This fascinating region is well worth a visit. Come and scale the rocky ascent up to these treasured architectural wonders or hike the network of trails that cover the land in between.

It’s recommended to explore Meteora with an experienced guide. The twisting paths and ancient buildings hold many stories and secrets that only locals know. A knowledgeable guide is sure to add a whole new layer of amazement to any adventure here.

Oia Fira hiking trail

Hiking Santorini Island Greece –


Santorini is a magical place. The iridescent waters of the Aegean Sea lap against volcanic beaches, and rows of white buildings are etched into the rugged landscape. Hop onto a catamaran for a cruise around the island, where you can relax on the red sands of the lava beaches or go diving to explore the bustling underwater world, teeming with colorful marine life.

Don’t forget to leave time to also explore the active volcano, which is only accessible by boat. Once you’re there, hike the small islets made entirely of black lava and bathe in the therapeutic hot springs. Then head back to the main island for some authentic Greek cuisine. Be sure to try the Tomatokeftedes, an aromatic, fried tomato dish.

The Mediterranean is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, so lace up your hiking boots. Don’t forget to pack your diving gear and get ready to be swept away in the rich history, welcoming culture and natural beauty of Greece.

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