Discover mountainous Greece
Greece, apart from its huge coastline and countless islands, is primarily a mountainous country with more than 300 larger or smaller mountains.
The most significant Greek mountain axis is the Pindus Mountain range, forming the “backbone” of Mainland Greece, which extends naturally to the mountains in the Peloponnese and Crete. In addition, the majority of the islands are in fact the mountain peaks of the now submerged landmass of Aegeis, which at one time linked Mainland Greece with Asia Minor.
The highest mountain in the country is Mount Olympus in Macedonia -known from Greek mythology as the home of the gods- reaching a height of 2,918 m (9,573 ft).
About 40 mountain ranges in Greece exceed the elevation of 2,000 m (6,500 ft), including: Mounts Smolikas (2,637 m-8,651 ft), Kaimaktsalan (2,524 m-8,281 ft) and Grammos (2,520 m-8,268 ft) in the Northwestern Greece, Giona (2,510 m-8,235 ft), Vardousia (2,495 m-8,185 ft) and Parnassus (2,457 m-8,061 ft) in Central Greece, Psiloritis (2,456 m-8,058 ft) and White Mountains (2,452 m-8,044 ft) in Crete island, and Taygetos (2,405 m-7,890 ft) in Peloponnese peninsula.
The Greek mountains are characterized by their diversity, rare scenery and unique forests, some of which rank among the oldest natural wooded lands in Europe. Due to the unsurpassable rich flora and fauna, many are protected as National Parks, while at the same time the infrastructure that was developed over the last few decades has created ideal destinations for those daring tourists who want to enjoy winter and mountain activities.
Beautiful landscapes, ravines and valleys, proud mountains, unspoilt traditional villages, untouched protected areas and an ancient anthropocentric civilization such as that of Greece, make the country a hiker’s paradise.
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