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TOP GREEK ISLANDS FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

On the Greek Islands adventures await even the most dedicated sunworshipper. The list starts, but doesn’t stop, at easy-breezy windsurfing, night-time scuba-diving and trekking on centuries-old trails.

1- Island Trekking 

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The islands once had numerous walking trails, including the magnificent cobbled kalderímia. Many were bulldozed during the 1980s and 90s, but local enthusiasts have protected the remaining paths, which have also been waymarked and mapped. Another option is the mountain ranges and gorges of Crete,  or Corfu , with its 220-km (137-mile) trail from Corfu Town to Mount Pantokrator.

2-SEA SWIMS

As it has been for thousands of years, the Greek Islands is a cultural hot spot. Here, it’s possible to spend the morning in a local museum, the afternoon at an atmospheric and crumbling castle, and the night watching a movie under the vines at an outdoor cinema

At their best, the aquamarine Greek  seas resemble a tropical paradise: think pristine sands, glittering waters and dramatic mountain backdrops. You’ll  find even committed landlubbers in  the water here, particularly when the temperatures soar.

 3-Cycle the Cyclades 

As it has been for thousands of years, the Greek Islands is a cultural hot spot. Here, it’s possible to spend the morning in a local museum, the afternoon at an atmospheric and crumbling castle, and the night watching a movie under the vines at an outdoor cinema

Take to the Cycladic hills for steep but stunning village-to-sea ascents  and descents – Mílos, Náxos and Páros provide some of the best mountain climbs. Bikes can be rented on most islands; alternatively take a bike tour – try Naxos Bikes (www. naxosbikes.com) or Paros Cycling (www.paroscycling.com).


4- Scaling New Heights 

As it has been for thousands of years, the Greek Islands is a cultural hot spot. Here, it’s possible to spend the morning in a local museum, the afternoon at an atmospheric and crumbling castle, and the night watching a movie under the vines at an outdoor cinema


For an adrenaline rush with a view, climbing the imposing cliffs and rocks of the Greek Islands  is hard to beat. Head to rugged Kálymnos  for a range  of rock faces; the craggy west shoreline provides the perfect challenge for any climber.

5- Catch the Breeze 

As it has been for thousands of years, the Greek Islands is a cultural hot spot. Here, it’s possible to spend the morning in a local museum, the afternoon at an atmospheric and crumbling castle, and the night watching a movie under the vines at an outdoor cinema


The offshore breezes in this part of the world are famously strong, creating fantastic conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The undisputed Greek kiteboarding capital is Poúnda on Páros , but other islands (with both suitable winds and equipment rental) include Koureménos on Crete , Kamári on Kos  and  Vailikí on Lefkáda .

6- Under the Sea 

As it has been for thousands of years, the Greek Islands is a cultural hot spot. Here, it’s possible to spend the morning in a local museum, the afternoon at an atmospheric and crumbling castle, and the night watching a movie under the vines at an outdoor cinema

It’s a weird and wonderful world under the water, with plenty of curious creatures and corals to seek out. Take a diving tour to explore more; recommended companies include Santoríni Dive Center (www.divecenter.gr) and Achilleon Diving Center on Corfu (www.diving-corfu.com).

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