These 2 Greek Hiking Trails are Among Europe’s Most Photographed

Popular not just with experienced hikers but families and instagrammers as well, these two trails are some of Europe’s most beautiful.


Two Greek hiking trails feature on a list of what can be considered the most scenic trails in Europe, based on online reviews and social media.

The list of beautiful trails, which was put together by workout equipment company Onbuy Treadmills, was compiled with the help of various experts and Tripadvisor reviews. The trails on the final list were then ranked according to the number of times they’ve been tagged on Instagram. Europe is home to thousands of hiking trails, and the two Greek trails on the list were ranked as number 27 and 28.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Samaria Gorge trail, the most famous hiking route on the island of Crete, placed as number 27. A big draw for tens of thousands of visitors each year, especially during the summer, it’s a 16-kilometer hike which takes from five to eight hours to complete depending on your shape and experience, all downhill.

This ruggedly beautiful canyon is not only instagrammable, but a place you’ll remember. The trail begins at Xyloskalo, more than 1200 meters above sea level, on a steep, rocky path downward (a walking stick is a good idea here), and continues along the Tarraios river, through the abandoned village of Samaria and the natural habitat of endangered wild goats, through the narrowest part of the gorge known as the “Gates,” where the steep rock walls stand only a few meters apart.

Read all about hiking the Samaria Gorge here.

 
 
 
 
 
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The second Greek trail on the list, in 28th place, is perhaps less famous among hikers, but all the more recognizable in photos due to its iconic views. This is the Fira-Oia trail on Santorini – a path connecting the two famous villages running along the edge of the caldera. 10.5 kilometers long, it is a moderately challenging route which takes around 3 hours to complete regardless of the direction you choose, featuring some more demanding, steep sections with loose gravel.

This trail offers more than a nice hike; it’s a way to see Santorini. However, don’t make the mistake some excited tourists do and come unprepared; water and hiking boots are recommended, and a walking stick or hiking poles can be a good idea too. Beginning and ending in the photogenic villages, reviewers call this the most beautiful hike they’ve ever been on, with mind-blowing views of the caldera.

Find all of our articles about Santorini here.


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