Guidelines for a safe hike

A man and a dog hiking overlooking Enipea Gorge on Mount Olympus

As you prepare to hike in the beautiful landscapes of Greece during the hot summer months, here are some essential tips to ensure your safety and enjoyment. 

Ideally, you should avoid hiking during a heatwave. However, if you really want to take a hike, please keep in mind:

  • The night before the hike, make sure you sleep well, eat lightly and do not consume any alcohol.
  • Start the hike well-hydrated.
  • Inform your hotel and/or family of your destination, route, and estimated return time.
  • If possible, avoid going on your own.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing that covers the entire surface of the body, as well as appropriate shoes.
  • Always wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • In your backpack, always have at least 1.5 liters of water, electrolytes, honey sticks, sunscreen with a high protection factor, a whistle, a flashlight, a power bank for your phone, and a lighter.
  • DRINK BEFORE YOU'RE THIRSTY... do not forget to drink small amounts of water at regular intervals, every 20 minutes.
  • And... after the hike, good gradual rehydration.

Useful numbers:

112: EU number for emergency situations

100: Police

166: Ambulance

108: Coast Guard

199: Fire Department

2107793777: Food Poisonings

Stay safe while you enjoy your holidays in Greece!