Parapente (Paragliding) acquired its name from the French words “parachute” and “pente” (mountainside). It began in the 1960’s from a NASA program, but practically the sport was established in the mid 1980’s in France.
This sport requires good physical condition, excellent technical, psychological and metal alertness, perceptiveness, as well as knowledge of meteorology and aerodynamics which are taught by special instructors. Taking into account weather conditions, the parapente can reach a height of 4,000 m and can travel a distance of 2.0-2,5 km. Flights may last several hours, with speeds ranging from 48 to 60 kph.
Greece has the ideal climate for parapente (paragliding) flights, since the drier the climate of an area or a country is, the better it is for the development of the sport.
For more information regarding hang-gliding and parapente (paragliding) in Greece, local clubs and the various events that are held throughout the country, contact:
Hellenic Aeronautical and Airsports Federation P.C.
70262 Glyfada, 166 10 - Athens
Tel: +30 210 9649 788, +30 210 9649 876
Fax: +30 210 9649 547