An Adventure Traveler's Guide To Greece

Diving in the water
Diving in the water | © Christian Lendl/Flickr
Ethel Dilouambaka

Do you find lying on a beach and splashing around too tame – or lame? We have some good news for the more adventurous among us – Greece has many options for those who lean a bit more extreme. Give yourself a rush of adrenaline and explore the extreme sports scene in this ancient country pulsing with natural beauty with Culture Trip’s Adventure Traveler Guide to Greece.

Snowboard in Mount Helmos

Greece is a country where you can enjoy the pleasures of beautiful beaches and experience the beauty of magnificent mountains. As such, there are plenty of ski resorts where you can get your snow fix. As one of the most famous ski centres in Peloponnese, Kalavrita ski resort is located on Mount Helmos. With 11 tracks covering all difficulty levels, it boasts a reserved track for advanced snowboarders and skiers.

Snowboarding

Climb Mount Olympus

Explore Mount Olympus and its majestic beauty. The mountain is ideal for lovers of adrenaline sports, such as trekking, climbing, paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting or even jeep safari drives. Activities available encompass disparate levels of difficulty; we recommend a guided tour around the massif as the mountain has a large network of trails.

Paraglide in Delphi

If you ever dreamed of flying and want to explore Greece’s wonders from another angle, then you should try your hand at paragliding over Delphi. There are many options of tandem paragliding flights over the center of the ancient Greek world, which promises to be an exceptional experience you won’t forget.

Paragliding

Go on a Rafting Adventure Along Arachthos River

Arachthos, in eastern Epirus, is one of the most popular spots for river rafting. The 110-kilometer long river offers different levels of difficulty and allows rafters a unique vantage point to discover the stunning natural beauty of the region. Upon entering the gorge of Arachthos, intrepid rafters come across impressive scenery where they can even stop and walk to the Glyfki waterfall.

Get Your Scuba-Diving Certification

With its plethora of islands, Greece is an excellent location for scuba diving. Kythira is not necessarily the first diving destination that comes to mind, but it doesn’t mean it hasn’t got anything to offer. Blessed with natural beauty, the island is simply stunning and boasts many diving spots worth visiting.

Scuba Diving

Ride the Waves in Tinos

While it may not rival Australia or Hawaii as a surfing destination, the small island of Tinos has a great surf center strategically located on the northern coast, where the meltemi wind blows hard during the summer. Offering the advantage of being risk-free (read no shark or sandy bottoms), the beach of Kolymbithra is excellent for surfing, even for beginners. Tinos Surf Lessons is a surf center which offers surf tuition, surfboard rentals, as well as other water sports equipment, including canoe, kayak and skimboard rentals.

Learn to Skydive

Attention all daredevils and adrenaline seekers: skydiving is a recent activity in Greece with only a handful of well-established centers available. Whether you want to learn to skydive or simply try a tandem jump, Skydive Athens has the best options for adventurers. One thing is sure, you won’t regret any second of it.

Skydiving

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