Rich in its diversity of landscapes, alive with the variety of its flora and fauna, the Greek countryside is astoundingly beautiful – a place where the soaring peaks of craggy mountains sit juxtaposed against the lush softness of the rural landscape.
From the thick pine forests and amazing peaks and lakes in the north of country to the fertile valleys and olive groves of the Mediterranean south, the diversity in terrain delivers geological monuments of striking beauty and unique micro-environments where wildlife flourishes.
The Mediterranean climate of the southern coastal areas produces mild winters and hot summers, while an alpine climate prevails over much of western and central Greece and parts of the Peloponnese. Northern Greece has a more temperate climate characterised by cold, damp winters and hot dry summers.
As a consequence, Greece is an ideal destination for much of the year when considering a holiday centred around such countryside pursuits as walking, hiking and climbing. It also has much to offer the eco-tourist who wishes to experience and learn about Greek nature and the culture that surrounds it.
The best time of year to explore the Greek countryside is in the spring months, from March to May, when the countryside is illuminated by the myriad of different coloured flowers that burst into colourful bloom. However, autumn is also a fantastic time to visit to take advantage of the late summer sunshine.