Greece is primarily a mountainous country with more than 300 larger or smaller mountains. The most significant Greek mountain axis is the Pindus Mountain range, forming the “backbone” of Mainland Greece, which extends naturally to the mountains in the Peloponnese and Crete. In addition, the majority of the islands are in fact the mountain peaks of the now submerged landmass of Aegeis, which at one time linked Mainland Greece with Asia Minor.
Above the town of Kalambáka, the visitor encounters a breathtaking site of impressive monasteries “balanced” on massive detached stone pinnacles, 400 metres above the ground. The “stone forest” of Metéora is one of Christianity’s holiest places as well as a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, a perfect combination of natural and man-made landscape. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.
At 263 km from Athens and 78km from Thessaloniki, the area is ideal for the lovers of alternative activities, ranging from trekking to paragliding, canyoning, rafting, climbing, mountain-biking and jeep safari. But you don’t have to go extreme to have your personal Olympian moments. Mountaineering on Olympus is not only a divine experience but also an option covering all levels of difficulty and stamina.
Mount Parnassos, with an altitude of 2,260 metres, ranks among the highest mountains in Greece. Here you will find the biggest downhill ski resort in Greece, offering ski lovers long-lasting snow-covered peaks. Use as your starting point the near-by village of Aráchova ,the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, set in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. In spring and summer, hike the mountain trails and discover the unspoiled Greece while following walking paths through wild flowers, lush valleys, ancient sites, and old pathways.
At the heart of Epirus, nestled among the steep and snowy slopes of Tymfi mountain range, you will find Zagorochoria National Park, one of the most beautiful and rich ecosystems in Europe. A complex of 46 picturesque traditional villages built in a magical setting amidst pine and fir trees is waiting to be discovered! Traditional architecture with impressive stone mansions and natural forested surroundings, are the ingredients of an unparalleled destination ! Explore a variety of mountain trails for trekking lovers and “Drakolimni”(Dragon Lake), one of the three alpine lakes in Pindus mountain range, which according to local legends used to be inhabited by dragons!
Above the city of Volos, Mount Pelion has relatively low levels of wilderness and elevation. The mountain area forms a natural borderline between the district of Magnesia and the Aegean Sea. Its soft slopes and easily accessed peaks make it a popular destination for hiking lovers and weekend mountain climbers. Gain an exhilarating experience all year round in its traditional villages, whether it’s in mid-winter when everything is covered in snow, or in spring or summer when colorful wild flowers cover its slopes, which are full of fir, chestnut and oak trees.
The traditional villages of mountainous Arcadia wait for visitors to discover their magic all year round. A great escape in Greek countryside with green landscapes, incredible atmosphere and delicious food, just 2 hours distance from Athens. If what you seek is to feel relaxed and refreshed, just sit back in front of the fireplace in a traditional guest house or a luxury resort and gaze through the window at the lovely natural surroundings. Action lovers can try their ski skills at Mainalo ski center, practice your favorite extreme sport in Lousios River or pick a hiking route and explore the countryside.