Activities in the Greek islands: where to practice certain sports

The Greek islands are mostly famous for beach holidays during summer time. Most visitors choose to come to Greece to relax and soak the hot sun by the sea. However, over the last years the country offers many chances for active holidays. Activities in the Greek islands are various and each destination is specialized in certain sports.

# Hiking

Greece is a fantastic place for hiking. In fact, this is a sport that can be practiced 10 out of 12 months and can give a boost to the development of year round tourism in Greece. Local authorities and volunteers are cleaning and signposting hiking trails in the islands and the mainland. These trails were in use until few decades ago, when cars and buses were scarcely introduced in the Greek countryside. The best months for hiking in Greece are from March to June and from September to November. Due to the hot weather, July and August are generally not suggested for hiking.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Greek islands. An island with great hiking trails is Kefalonia. The trails are signposted and cross many green forests with breathtaking view to the sea. Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Karpathos also have an organized network of hiking paths. Recently the paths of Sifnos were cleaned and signed. For detailed hiking paths in the Greek islands, advice

# Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a popular activity in the Greek islands. There are numerous islands for windsurfing due to the strong winds that blow over the Greek seas in summer. The Cyclades islands of Paros and Naxos are two popular windsurfing destinations in Greece, especially Golden Beach in Paros and Mikri Vigla Beach in Naxos. Along these beaches, there are windsurfing centers that rent equipment and provide courses. Rhodes and Kos are also two popular islands for windsurfing, while a developing windsurfing destination is Karpathos, especially the beach of Afiartis.

# Diving

Among the most popular activities in the Greek islands is scuba diving. The Greek seas are fantastic places for divers of all levels. The safe waters and the numerous shipwrecks from all historical periods create magnificent regions for diving. Visitors can find diving centers that offer courses and organize diving trips in many Greek islands. Especially popular for diving are the islands of Paros, Naxos, Leros, Corfu, Kefalonia and others. Interesting info of the day: Amorgos island is the place where scenes from the famous movie “The Big Blue” were shot.

# Rock climbing

The most popular Greek island for rock climbing is Kalymnos. The top quality solid limestone rocks of Kalymnos have given the ground for more than 2,500 climbing routes, mostly concentrated above the villages of Myrties, Massouri and Armeos, in the central and northern parts of the island. Many climbers head to Kalymnos every summer, climbing clubs offer courses and even a rock climbing festival takes place there every October. Very popular for climbing is also the neighboring island of Telendos.