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Hiking in Greece can be an absolutely memorable experience. This is mainly because the Greek countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse. From lonely mountain tops and deep gorges to endless plains and welcoming beaches, a hike in Greece comes with an impressive amount of stunning viewpoints. Local hiking clubs and groups across the country plan hiking trips and walks along picturesque routes and trails as well as trekking events in an effort to bring more people closer to nature. Andros Routes, the team of volunteers who promote hiking activities in Andros, decided to take this initiative further by organising a walking festival on the beautiful Greek island. The 1st Andros On Foot Festival was an incredible feast celebrating the joy of hiking. We were there and we had a fantastic time. 

Greece may be a very small country but it’s full of wonders. Mostly famous for its beaches, our country’s other natural treasures should not go unnoticed. For instance, caves in Greece, although scarce, are breathtakingly beautiful. Each of them hides a unique little world of impressive natural sculptures that date back to millions of years.

Those who know us well can confirm that we are not the fittest people on the planet. Yet, we always embrace new experiences with immense enthusiasm. That’s why we were thrilled to find out that Andros, one of our favourite Cyclades islands, provides unique hiking opportunities alongside its breathtaking beaches. Andros Routes, the team that restored and maintains the island’s wide network of ancient paths, have made sure that hiking trails are accessible to all. From absolute beginners to the most skilled hikers. 

Are you dreaming of endless stretches of golden sand kissed by emerald waters? Or do deep blue waves crashing on magnificent black rock formations thrill you more? Either way, we can all agree that the Greek islands’ popularity stems mainly from their beautiful beaches. However, there’s a lot more to the Greek islands than that and Andros is a fine example of this. With a network of about 160km of paths, hiking on Andros island is yet another reason to visit.

When I think summer vacation in Greece, my mind drifts to some small island in the Aegean Sea. One of those windswept rock formations with white-washed houses perched on steep cliff sides. The kind of island you need to spend a minimum of 6 long hours on board a ship before you can swim into its deep blue waters. This is why I was always skeptical about Elafonisos, the tiny island overlooking the southern tip of the Peloponnese. It ticked none of my boxes. Given its proximity to the mainland, I didn’t even know if it qualified as an island to begin with.

But the truth is that I kept hearing nothing but praise about Elafonisos and its beaches. So, “Why not?”, I thought. And I went. And, then, I threw my doubts and my idiotic unticked boxes out of the window. Elafonisos is one of the best destinations imaginable for a relaxing summer vacation by the beach.