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Discover and Explore Outdoor Activities In Crete

If you are into outdoor adventure and want to discover the true colors of Greece, the island of Crete is the ideal destination for you. If you are interested in getting close to real nature and heart of Greece, there are multiple activities on offer. Crete hides many secrets like vast canyons and crystal clear waters, rocky mountains and undiscovered coves. Follow these guidelines and you will not be disappointed. Are you already excited?

If you come to the island during the summer, it’s also the chance to completely relax and calm your spirit. A good choice is to stay at the Minos Palace, home to absolute rejuvenation in its spa. The Ananea Wellness guarantees a real renewal and revival of body, mind and soul.

Hiking & Trekking

Hiking in Crete is hugely popular thanks to an immense network of paths and trails. It’s a breathtaking chance to get to know this beautiful island on foot. There are many paths on the island – some are well-known and quite easy while some require detailed maps making your trekking experience a bit more adventurous. Just be warned, if you want to go trekking during summer, it can get really hot. You will certainly need a hat, sunscreen and lots of water. In winter conditions are quite different and in some areas mountaineering experience might be necessary.

Walking Zakros Gorge

One of Crete’s most famous walking trails is Zakros Gorge. Start your walk from Zakros village, from there the trail will lead you through a narrow canyon of rich vegetation and wild herbs. After about two hours, the path emerges close to Zakros Palace, just 200m from the beach.

Rock climbing

Offering unrivalled views of the jewel coloured waters of the Aegean, rock climbing on Crete’s beach cliffs is an experience second to none. The island has naturally protected routes suitable for all abilities.

Water Sports

What is the most popular activity on an island but water sports? Parasailing, parachuting, windsurfing, Jet skiing… the list goes on. Whatever your heart desires in terms of high seas activities, you will most likely find it in Crete. Head for the coast, dive in and discover a talent you might never even have known you had! Kitesurfing is a growing sport and is one of the most popular for newcomers to the island, while fishing or pedalos are a more sedate option.

Snorkelling

Last but certainly not least, this fabulous island is made for snorkelling through crystalline waters. The excellent visibility, comfortable temperatures and abundant wildlife mean you could stay in the water all day.

All in all, Crete Island has so many possibilities. All you have to do is take advantage of them. Summer is waiting just around the corner!

 

 

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Diving into the Blue Waters of Patmos, Greece

Dive into Patmos blue waters, and you won’t regret it! As the locals say; visiting Patmos Island is a blessing. There’s an unusual atmosphere here that you don’t find on other Greek Islands. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but probably comes from the wonderful people, beautiful scenery and fantastic water sports. Known as an historical wonder thanks to the famous Monastery of St John, the island is on the fast track as a water sports fan favourite too.

Living by the sea

One of the highlights on our visit to Patmos was meeting people that actually live on the beach all year long. They shared their passion for the sea, their love of nature and thirst for action. They live for the sea and the sports they can take part in on the water. In the beginning I was a little scared to give it a go, but my new friends convinced me! I tried out water skiing on Kampos Beach. It’s the ideal place because the beach is huge and the waves weren’t too bumpy.

Windsurfing is also available or you can hop on a boat to go exploring some of the nearby coves. Looking out from the beach you can take your pick of all sorts of sports like kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, barefoot skiing,  tubing and of course as on every Greek beach, volleyball. It doesn’t matter what you think your level is, most sports are suitable for all ages and start with beginner lessons.

Not only is Patmos surprisingly great fun for sports, but there is plenty going on besides. We visited a couple of very nice cocktail bars right on the beach. It’s very picturesque and a sunset sipping a strawberry daiquiri is very difficult to improve on! For water sport enthusiasts Patmos is the perfect choice because it’s got everything; sun, sea and sand and wonderful accommodation right on the beach like the luxury hotel Patmos Aktis.

A extreme adrenaline rush

After trying out my waterskiing skills, (improving every day!) we decided to go one step further and explore the magical beaches from under the sea. Scuba diving is something I never even considered before, but it’s a sport like no other. We visited underwater caves, dived from the rocks and all in all fell in love with the island both above and below the water level.

Enjoying the true Patmos

When you get tired of shriveled fingers and toes, head inland for a walk around the small island. The island’s Chora (the center) as well as the Monastery of St John the Theologian and Cave of the Apocalypse are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a reward for all that energetic swimming. Visit in the evening when the sites are lit up like beacons. It’s the calm before another day of water sport fun on Patmos Island.

The next morning, wake up full of energy and enjoy life!

 

 

 

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