Hiking Holidays Ionian Islands
Looking for your next Hiking Holiday Destination? Look no further than the incredibly beautiful Ionian Islands.
The Ionian Islands which are well known for their sunny beaches and clear blue waters, attract outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy many activities such as diving, scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing and of course sailing.
However, walking tourism has been gaining ground in the past few years, thanks to many initiatives to sign-post routes and eco tourism operators to educate people about available paths and walking tours.
Hiking & walking through the Greek Ionian Islands is incredibly rewarding due to their mountainous morphology and stunning landscapes across the endless blue seas. However, there is more to explore; walking tours often include stops at archaeological sites, spots of geological, natural or architectural interest, deserted villages, wineries, olive groves and much more!
5. Hidden Gems – Ancient Pathways
One of the best things about a hiking holiday in the Ionian Islands is that the hiking trails not only take you off the beaten track, but they often pass through timeless mountain villages, through abandoned settlements and through historical, mythical and ancient sites.
These trails have been used for centuries for the locals to pass from village to village – walk in ancient footsteps of long ago.
Be rewarded with discovering authentic villages rich in culture and filled with friendly locals and delicious fresh produce straight from the mountainous farms.
Find elderly locals practising the art of weaving on original looms and preparing fresh & tasty village dishes.
Time often stands still in these quaint little settlements and it really is the perfect way to uncover the raw and authentic feel of the Ionian Islands.
4. Some of the best hiking & walking trails in Greece
The Ionian Islands boast some of the best hiking trails in Greece. In particular, the Battery Trail of Kefalonia takes you along Venetian built cobblestones paths, through abandoned settlements before meandering through strawberry fields that then leads to some of the most incredible beaches.
In total there are 27 hiking trails around the Ionian Islands just waiting for outdoor enthusiasts just like you.
Photo By Paths Of Greece
3. Cool Down After a Hike
Most people associate Greece with incredible beaches and turquoise waters and the Ionian Islands are home to many spectacular bays, coves and inland waterfalls.
Most of the hiking trails in the Ionian will lead you on a pathway to the crystal clear shimmering sea, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful waters and enjoy a refreshing swim after a long hike!
During Spring, Summer & Autumn you can cool off in the sea or take a dip in the fresh mountainous waterfalls.
2. Hiking All Year Round
The Ionian Islands are known as the green islands, due to the rainfall during November & December.
Think incredibly rich green forests of cypress tress, olive groves & pine cascading down to meet the emerald waters below.
The climate in the Ionian means that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy walking & hiking trails year-round and the sea stays warm up until December, where you will still find a lot of locals still taking a daily swim.
Average Seawater Temperatures
1. Epic Views – Spectacular Scenery
The Ionian Islands are made up of 7 major islands and 5 smaller isles and numerous islets (There are about 24 islets located just around Lefkada). Green mountainous islands scattered in the turquoise Ionian Sea means some of the most incredible scenery in all of Greece.
Panoramic Views overlooking the sea, walking trails that hug the coastline and the peace and quiet of walking along ancient pathways. The natural & raw beauty of the Ionian Islands, cooler climate, cypress trees, olive groves and lush landscapes combined with some of the best beaches in the world makes it one of the best destinations for hiking.
It’s a place steeped in history, rich in culture and with friendly locals – the Ionian Islands should be on the top of the list for any outdoor enthusiast looking for an unforgettable hiking holiday.