Active Adventures in Greece that aren't on the beach

June 28, 2020

Active Adventures in Greece that aren't on the beach

We all know Greece is the perfect spot for doing nothing besides catching sun, going for long swims and never finishing that summer book, but if you're looking for some active adventures away from the beach, we've got some great ideas for you.

Most of our daily stress on a Greek holiday revolves around deciding whether we want calamari or octopus – and we typically choose both. If you’re looking for a break from the monotony of utter relaxation and want to do something a little more active than a mid-morning nap under the palapa, maybe some of these activities will inspire you to go off the beaten path. Below we have compiled a list of things to do, whether alone or with your family, that are well-worth getting off your sun-lounger to go visit.

 

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Bungy Jumping the Isthmus (aka Corinth Canal)

With the relatively new road, you do not actually know you are driving over the isthmus, so if you go, try to take the old road in order to fully absorb this marvel of modern engineering. It’s truly impressive – and really effing high! Harness-up and embark on one of the most exhilarating moments of your life with the cool team at Zulu Bungy

 

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Canyoning in Pelion

Pelion is on the mainland and faces the island of Skiathos. It offers a great mix of lazy beach days as well as some great hiking and canyoning. The Centaurs’ canyon was home to the half-men and half-horse of ancient mythology. Mountain Escapes will take you through this magnificent land, tell you some interesting myths and let you discover Pelion’s beauty. Rappelling down into the canyons, slipping and sliding down natural water slides, and cliff diving into water pools is a perfect way to spend the day. And you will still have time to make it to the beach at sun-down for one last dip into the big blue.

 

Credit image Karishma Saraf

 

Exploring Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave was re-discovered in 1951. Going in is an adventure, as you can only access it by row boat through an underground tunnel that’s not for the claustrophobic. Located on the island of Kefalonia, this beautiful cave – aka The Cave of the Nymphs - has a wide opening at the top which allows for sunlight to seep through and creates truly awe-inspiring colour patterns. It was used in antiquity as a place of worship and who knows what else. Historical conjecture aside, if you’re on or near Kefalonia, this cave must be visited. 

 

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Rafting the Voidomatis River (Vikos Gorge)

Voidomatis River is located in the Northwestern part of Greece and is prized as one of the cleanest rivers in Europe. As part of the Vikos–Aoös National Park, it offers beautiful walks along the river as well as some good rafting, kayaking, zip-lining and it’s quite simply a beautiful place to go spend some time in nature. As a bonus there are the Kolymbithres in Papingo, where you can cool off in stunning, naturally sculpted oval pools. 

For any outdoor activity in this area contact the experienced team at Papigo Rafting - they will make sure you have an unforgettable time.

 

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Swimming Giola natural sea pool

What is the most perfect natural swimming pool? Giola Lagoon. Located on the Astris Rocks on the island of Thassos, the only way to experience it is to walk/climb down the rocks and just dive in. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, water or any other provision, as there is no shade and it can get blistering hot on those rocks.

Some people seem to have a difficult time finding this natural wonder, but it’s pretty easy thanks to Waze and any other navigator apps. Regardless of car or motorbike, you can reach there no problem - just drive slow once you’re on the dirt trail.

 

Credit image Nikolaos Smalios

 

Rock Climbing on Kalymnos Island

Spectacular beaches aside, for many rock climbing enthusiasts Kalymnos is a top destination – it also holds a climbing festival almost annually. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber, this island has routes for all levels. With over 700 routes graded 7b and up, this is a paradise for sport climbers. If you’re really hard-core, try the (in)famous grade 9a, suspiciously named Los Revolucionarios. It’s intense, to say the least. If you’re not up for it, just go there and gawk at the guys and gals gripping their way up it, often hanging upside down.

For some good info on climbing Kalymnos, go to: https://climbkalymnos.com/climbing/

 

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Diving off Amorgos Island

If you are looking to combine some quality Med diving with a beautiful island and fine beaches, Amorgos is the place. Amorgos is in the Cyclades but a relatively quiet alternative to its more famous neighbors. The Amorgos Diving center https://www.amorgos-diving.com/ offers a slew of options, including a wreck dive. Cargo ship Manina 3 sank back in 1981, and now offers the opportunity for beginners to circle around it and for the more advanced thrill seekers, you can dive into the cargo holds down into the propeller area – at about 30+ meters down. Manina 3, now an artificial reef, is a source of food for many fish species, and corals making it an all-round great diving experience. 

Another reason we recommend Amorgos Diving? They are dedicated to keeping our seas clean https://www.amorgos-diving.com/celebrating-world-oceans-day-with-a-clean-up/

 

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Extreme Highlining the Navagio (NOT!)

Last but not least, we just had to include this activity as it’s absolutely nuts: Highlining. Think of walking a tightrope but the difference is you are balancing on a slackline – making this death-defying act more dynamic and bouncy, like being on a long trampoline spaghetti. 

Take a look at this video of Lyell Grunberg.

If you are still interested and seriously brave have a look at www.naturalextremo.com for more info. 




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