Hiking in the Cyclades: 4 islands that challenge you to walk them

When one listens to the Cyclades, the picturesque alleys, the white and the blue, the bougainvilleas, the churches on the rocks, the beaches and the summer holidays come to mind. Sure, the Cyclades are all that, but there is a more adventurous side to them, which few know.

All you need is an appetite for walking and exploring and… the right shoes. Most hiking trails in the Cyclades are categorized according to the level of difficulty and experience, so you will find in your research paths that are difficult, moderate, family or suitable for beginners.

Because the Cyclades attract many hiking enthusiasts, the routes are mapped, with special signs that inform you about the wider area and about monuments you encounter. You may be near a temple, a historic church or a magnificent beach! There are also signposts on the signs, on the pavement on rocks or in trees, which assure you that you are following the path correctly.


Old bridges, watermills, valleys - even small waterfalls will be discovered while hiking in Andros. It can walk next to small rivers (Achla, Vori, Pythara), while it has the opportunity to admire the dry stones but also to enjoy a unique view, as some of the routes reach almost to the ridge of the mountain massifs of the island.

In Andros have been recorded more than 25 hiking routes, of varying degrees of difficulty, which are offered for experienced and novice walkers.


It has countless options, for every age or endurance and the most well-marked network of trails. The most ideal route: Castle - Panagia Chrysopigi.


Although Paros is not so well known for hiking trails, you can create your own routes. One idea is to start from the old mill of the village of Marpissa, following an easy route, which passes through an old path that leads to the monastery of Agios Antonios and crosses a small cedar forest.


A world destination, with tremendous natural beauty and a path not to be missed. The most famous route of Santorini is Fira - Imerovigli - Oia. Initially through the alleys of Fira, it is directed to Firostefani and reaches Imerovigli. For many this route is enough, but you can continue reaching Oia, enjoying the awesome view. Another route is that of Pyrgos - Megalochori, which connects these two villages.


Paths that lead you to age-old plane trees, old churches, archeological sites, beaches or old buildings. You do not have to follow the entire path of the path as the paths cross many villages. Ideal route to be combined with swimming in the sea Agios Arsenios- Agia Anna.