Sports Tourism

Greece, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is ideal for participating in a sport or taking part in events or games (sports tourism). In the recent past the country has frequently organized many large sports/athletic events (world championships, Pan-European games, significant international tournaments, etc), with the crowning event being the 2004 Olympic Games that were held in Athens.

Greece, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is ideal for participating in a sport or taking part in events or games (sports tourism). In the recent past the country has frequently organized many large sports/athletic events (world championships, Pan-European games, significant international tournaments, etc), with the crowning event being the 2004 Olympic Games that were held in Athens.

These sports/athletic events contributed significantly to the construction of many modern large and small sports facilities, stadiums and training centers throughout the country, covering a wide range of sports, where today local residents and visitors to the region are able to exercise or train in their favorite sport: from athletics, soccer, volleyball and basketball to tennis and golf, sailing and surfboards. Moreover, many hotels offer their guests special facilities, ideal for sports tourism (basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, sea-sports, etc).

Water sports are very popular in Greece, a country of seas with emerald waters and wonderful sea beds. Greece offers the sea sports lovers a great deal, since it is endowed with awesome natural attractions in Aegean and Ionian Sea; in addition our country boasts the fully equipped supplies with high quality services on the islands and around the mainland. The 3,000 island Greek archipelago is an ideal place fro sports tourism, an opportunity to discover unspoiled beaches and more than 20,000 km of coastline to admire.

Greece also offers an endless choice of land sports and activities: Mountaineering, climbing, trekking, mountain biking, spelunking (caving), canyoning, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, etc, are just a few of the sports that you can enjoy in Greece throughout the year as the climate is ideal for outdoor activities and sports.

Finally, Greece has the ideal climate for gliding, hang gliding and parapente (paragliding) flights, since the drier the climate of a region or a country is, the better it is for the development of the above-mentioned sports, which utilize the upward currents in the atmosphere to help the glider, the kite-glider or the parapenter to fly for quite a while. The period between April and October is the best time to fly.

Suggested Places:

In the mainland there are places like Athens, Etoloakarnania, Arta, Chania, Drama, Evritania, Fthiotida, Heraklio, Ilia, Imathia, Ioannina, Kastoria, Kilkis, Larissa, Lassithi, Magnisia, Preveza, Rethymno, Thesprotia, Trikala and Viotia. As for the islands, Chios, Amorgos, Andros, Antiparos, Donousa, Folegandros, Ios, Iraklia, Kea, Kimolos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Syros, Schinoussa, Thirasia, Astypalea, Rodos, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Leros, Nissyros, Tilos, Lesvos, Samos, Zakynthos.