Explore the best walking trails in Greece with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
If you choose to hike Richtis, hike 'up', DON'T hike down. By this, I mean start at the beach, not at the trail head. You can do this by putting "Richtis Beach" into your car's GPS. Then you can start at the end where the trail is actually maintained. While not entirely impassable, the higher portion of the trail is nearly entirely grown over and you need to be willing to rock hop down the stream itself until you reach more passable portions, which still are not all that passable. There will be scrambling over steep, wet, smooth rocks - with deep pools of water below you if you're lucky. There are also a couple of water traps that you need to be mindful to not fall into - deep water, at the bottom of a deeper, smooth-wall hole, no way to get put without rope and an able body partner to rescue you. These are the higher portions of the trail. The lower portions - hiking up from the beach, before you reach the largest water fall - is well maintained, and the trail is pretty well marked and safe. If you choose to venture passed the steep, tall, old, wooden stairs that lead to the top of the waterfall, know that the trail only gets more hazardous the further up you go. There are a couple old, abandoned stone houses along the trail, but you have to really want to see them. If you really want to see the stone bridge, hike down from the trial head - it's easy and on paved road until the bridge - then turn around and go to the beach.
DON'T SWIM IN THE RIVER. If you go to the top, you'll see a ton of run off from the farms there (citrus, root vegetables). Best case is manure, worst case is chemical fertilizer. You probably don't want to swim in it either way. Trash up stream too.
Mount Ainos, on the island of Kefalonia, is the highest peak in Greece's western Ionian Islands. Its summit offers splendid views of the countryside, the sea and the neighboring island of Zakynthos. You'll see a species of fir tree, the Abies Cephalonica, that is unique to the island and a unique pine species, Pinus Nigra. Local legend has it that the mountain slopes are also home to a herd of wild horses. Temperatures are much cooler at this altitude than they are near the island's coastal settlements. This can be refreshing in the sweltering Greek summer. The description and map show this trail as a loop. It is more like an out and back. There are blazes and signs (in Greek) guiding hikers to the summit. A visit to Ainos' peak is not to be missed while visiting the island of Kefalonia.
Great hike through a Cretan "jungle". Unique scenery for eastern Crete which tends to be very dry. Not difficult at all (had to climb over a couple of boulders but that's pretty much it) and with lots of variety. Old watermills, wild flowers and herbs, LOTS of plane trees, the waterfall and the beach at the end. Took over 600 pics as the gorge is -almost- entirely shaded which gives lots of opportunity for interesting high contrast pics as the light passes through the vegetation.