RESEARCH THE INCREDIBLE
Sometimes you just want to get away from the crowds and discover your own secret beach spot. Greece certainly obliges – there are hundreds of stunning secluded beaches that require a boat or a hike to get to, so chances are it will be just you and your beach towel. Glyka Nera is a stunning secret beach in the south of Crete. Somehow a few trees grow in this barren location at the foot of a 200m cliff, where it meets the Libyan Sea. It’s the most beautiful beach in this part of Greece and it does attract a few independent sorts staying in the nearby villages. Agios Georgios beach is on the tiny island of Symi and you can only reach it by boat. The sheer size of the cliffs there will make you feel miniscule as you relax on the beach or swim in its azure waters.
Indescribable beauty and priceless treasures await your discovery on many of the Greek islands. So which ones do we single out for being off the beaten track, with secret beaches, hidden bays, charming villages awash with light, ancient traditions and authentic flavours? In Crete, head out for new explorations at the secluded yet stunning islands of Chryssi, Dia, Gavdos and Spinalonga.
Alpine lakes, dramatic gorges, serene wetlands, national parks and mountain forests… when it comes to exploring nature in Greece, there’s something different to discover in every part and every season. A tapestry of landscapes with an amazing array of biodiversity and beauty unfolds before your eyes in Greece: national parks, waterfalls, rushing rivers, lakes, wetlands, mountain ranges, even the remnants of volcanoes on Santorini, Nisyros and Milos. You will soon discover just how much variety such a small country can display. The mild climate and natural environment are ideal for hiking, riding, off-road driving, rafting, kayaking, rock, and mountain climbing and even canyoning.
Green mountain slopes
Welcome to the third-most mountainous country in Europe. At one end of the backbone of Greece are the peaks of Varnountas and Grammos and at the other the Pindos range and legendary Olympus, just north of verdant Pelion. And to the south, down to Taygetos in the Peloponnese and on to Asterousia in southern Crete. The majesty of nature in Greece will leave you gasping in awe. For the ancients, the mountains were identified with the gods. Olympus was the home of the twelve, the Muses lived on Elikonas, Pan on Mainalo, while Parnassus belonged to Apollo. More recently, Greeks have considered the mountains their refuge from the pressures of urban life. They are the perfect destination for adventures and outdoor sports. Conquering the peaks and hiking the gorges, climbing the sheer slopes and testing your limits… The rewards will be just as epic as the landscape.