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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 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.

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 started planning our Bologna trip, I knew we had to take day trips to both Ravenna and Parma for the obvious reasons: the former is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, while the latter is the birthplace of prosciutto ham and parmiggiano reggiano cheese. As I researched, I decided we should also visit Modena. Soon I realised that there was still enough time for yet another day trip. Bologna boasts an excellent location, allowing easy day trips to cities like Verona and Venice. However, it felt wrong just to sneak peek at said destinations rather than plan a future trip just for them. So, I thought we should stick to the Emilia Romagna region and opt for a more laid-back destination, like Ferrara.