Camping in Greece Is an Adventure Waiting to Happen
The timeless feel of Greece draws in millions of travelers every year. Many are in search of the country's rich history, while others come to enjoy Greece's diverse climate and terrain. Camping in Greece is one of the more appealing activities to both locals and foreigners. It's relatively easy to do with official campsites set up across the country.
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Finding Campsites in Greece
Without a doubt, EuroCampings.eu is one of the best places online to find campsites in Greece. There's a lot to like about this website. First, there's an extensive set of filters that can be applied to your search for a campsite that meets your needs. You conveniently begin with campsites divided up by their geographical regions. But notice the two additional tabs to the right: facilities and theme. Under the "facilities" tab is an array of characteristics you can use to filter choices. By clicking on each category on the left you open up another list of search options. The usefulness of the "theme" tab will differ depending on which country you search. For example, a search of naturist-friendly campsites turns up nothing in Greece but many in France. (I'd still recommend contacting the campsite operator directly to confirm.)
Once you've narrowed down your search, the suggested sites show up on a handy map above. You can examine the specifics of each site by either clicking on the map or selecting it from the search results. From here you receive some very useful information: weather forecasts (including average annual temperatures), regulations, reservation request forms, and reviews. In fact my only complaint with the site is an apparent inability to search campsites or sort results by user review score. As is you must look at each campsite to see how it's been reviewed. Regardless, if you're considering going camping in Greece, you'll definitely want to check out EuroCampings.
Traveling to and in Greece
Getting to Greece is easy enough, with 15 international airports serving the country. The airport you fly into will largely be determined by where you plan on camping. And if you can't find any good airline deals directly to Greece, there are plenty of other European flight deals to be had. Getting a low-cost flight from one European city to another is quite easy. Once you arrive in Greece, you'll need to get to your campsite. Most major cities are connected by air, including the major islands. Rail transport has thoroughly modernized in the country over the last several decades and may be a great alternative. Of course, you can still rent a car or take a ferry.
Camping in Greece
A significant portion of Greece's population lives on or near its 8,500 miles of coastline, so it makes sense that most major campsites in Greece are also located there. The interior mountains of the country do offer numerous hiking, backpacking, and camping opportunities, but most organized campsites are coastal. Greece's climate is fairly typical for the Mediterranean region, with warm summers and little in the way of prolonged periods of rainfall. Coastal temps at the peak of summer can get quite warm, though sea breezes will cut some of the heat down. The farther inland you go to the north and east, the cooler and wetter the climate tends to be. That said, bringing a dry bag or backpack rain cover wouldn't be a bad idea, though you shouldn't have to use it frequently. Bringing other practical camping gear is also recommended. Sunscreen is a must.
In terms of dangerous wildlife, the Living Hazards Database of the AFPMB officially lists several creatures considered to be poisonous in Greece. Camping outdoors is rarely an issue as most poisonous creatures are relatively rare according to residents. But be wary of one particular snake locals dub "Ohiá," more commonly referred to as a horned viper or sand viper. Don't let the "sand" part of the name bother you too much though; you'll rarely if ever see them in sandy areas. They tend to stick to dry, rocky areas with little vegetation.
• Greece Travel FAQ
• Travel Guide to Athens