avoid the mass toerism in Greece: hiking, snorkeling, ...

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1. Posted by babipsylon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!


I'm planning a trip to Greece by airplane, then rent a car. So we thought of moving around, spending 3-4 nights in 4 or 5 different locations. We would like to get away from crowded beaches and other places that attract mass tourism, most of the time. Probably fly to Athens, as it is a bit cheaper, but Kalamatos is also a possibility. We plan to go at the end of June.

Anyone some tips for locations (small villages, ...) where the hiking is beautiful and not too difficult (trips of 4 hours), but the paths not too crowded? We would also like to visit the coast, do some snorkeling, maybe some windsurfing if it's not too expensive, and maybe hike to some lesser known archeological sites.

cheers, and thanks!


2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 182 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

On the Peloponnese Peninsula:

There are loads of great hikes around the modern town Corinth. The ancient site of Corinth is just inland from the modern town and a small village called Old Corinth is set up around the ancient site. There are several hotels and restaurants in this village surrounding the ancient ruins. Base yourself here in Old Corinth - hikes radiate out from here. The Kastro atop Acrocorinth looms in the distance and makes for a great day hike and you can take an easy self-guided tour of the fort.

The town of Kalavryta is well suited for hikes in the mountains. I see you will have a car, but there is a very scenic railroad that runs through a gorge and begins from the coastal town of Diakofto. Of course, if you base yourself in Kalavyrta you can opt to ride the train through the gorge and back - it is quite scenic. The hikes and scenery around Kalavryta are stunning and quite verdant. This is a popular spot with Greeks, but I wouldn't consider it a mass-touristed spot, which you seem keen on avoiding.

By the end of June tourism will be beginning to pick up gradually, but the places I mention should be quite manageable.

Off the Peloponnese Peninsula:

As for more hikes, there are plenty around Delphi, which is indeed a popular tourist spot. The town of Delphi is a gem - not too big or small. Even if you find it too crowded due to the time of year, you will find the trails nearby are devoid of people - most are there to see the ruins of ancient Delphi. Book ahead if the sound of Delphi appeals to you.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Apr-2019, at 13:41 by road to roam ]

3. Posted by youparkandfly (Budding Member 5 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!


Away from mainland Greece you could try Crete and specifically the left hand end of the island. Aegean run a daily scheduled service from Athens to Chania.

The further west you travel from Chania and avoiding the tourist sea side towns nearby you will find some lovely beaches that are great for snorkelling. On the southern shore try Elafonisi , its remote has the most wonderful beach and is very well worth the trip.

For hiking the Samaria Gorge runs from the mountains down the the sea, its a great day hike.

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