Greece continues to be a top destination for travelers looking for a bit of ancient history, idyllic beaches, and charming Mediterranean culture. Visitors interested in more eco-friendly activities during their stay in Greece won’t be disappointed as the country plays host to a wide range of natural sites and attractions. From the Acropolis in Athens to the black sand beaches of Santorini, leave a minimal impact as you experience ecotourism in Greece.
Staying green in a bustling capital might seem difficult, but in Athens, you can enjoy the opportunities for eco-friendly activities. Get to know the city on a walking tour and learn about its ancient history from a local guide. Hike up Mount Lycabettus for stunning views of Athens, the port of Piraeus, and the Aegean Sea. See the city’s famous attractions like the Parthenon, sitting atop the Acropolis or leisurely meander through the neighborhood of Plaka. Reduce your carbon emissions and take public transportation to the coast for a day at the beach.
Much has been said about Greece’s many pristine islands, 6,000 to be exact, but only a few, in particular, have a world-renowned reputation. Santorini, specifically, is full of eco-friendly excursions catering to all sorts of visitors. From volcanic hikes to sailing expeditions, the island’s diverse landscape offers different types of outdoor activities for everyone. Visit Santorini’s largest village of Emporio and participate in food or wine workshops. Discover the island’s stunning landscape and geological history on a scenic hike or bike tour. Take a dip in a natural hot spring and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the volcanic sulfur as you relax and recharge those hiking legs.
Explore the islands of Greece, enjoy stunning views of its varied landscape, and encounter its abundant flora and fauna on a sailboat tour. With the power of the wind, leave a minimal impact as your cruise through the Greek Isles. While on a sailboat tour you have the chance to see land-dwelling and marine life common to the Greek ecosystem such as wall lizards, loggerhead turtles, sperm whales, dolphins, endemic birds, and more. Check out the many tour operators offering eco-friendly tours of the islands, intent on preserving the natural habitat of local species.
Mount Olympus National Park
Home to the Greek God Zeus, Mount Olympus is not only an important site in Greek mythology but also a destination for eco-friendly activities. The national park is accessible by train, bus, and car. Once you arrive, you’ll find an extensive array of easy walks and challenging hikes available in the park. Mountaineering is a popular sport to take part in and nearby towns offer guided treks for groups of different abilities, including families.
Have a thrilling experience while staying eco-friendly on a canyoning excursion to the Canyon of Centaurs near Kissos. Dive into nature with a bit of outdoor adventuring. Glide across natural water slides and rappel down waterfalls. Various tour providers offer guide or instructor services and include safety equipment to accommodate participants of all skill levels. Canyoning is a great option for travelers looking to have a more intense and active experience while being environmentally responsible. The best time to have a canyoning adventure is between the months of March and October.