Τop islands for hiking in October in Greece

Crete: Hike Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s most popular hikes, with endemic wildflowers and wildlife. Or the trail through the mysterious Valley of the Dead leads to Kato Zakros .

Naxos: The central plain of olive groves, Tragaea has plenty of trails linking rural villages. Climb to the Cave of Zeus, a natural cavern on the slopes of Mt Zas (Doric pronunciation for Zeus) from Filoti.

Paxi: A diminutive Ionian isle perfect for escaping the crowds on paths along ancient olive groves and snaking dry-stone walls.

Ithaki: Hike pathsamong the olives groves that once belonged to Ulysses.

Hydra: The picturesque vehicle-free island in the Saronic Gulf with well-maintained paths to beaches. Don’t miss the central path to Profitis Ilias monastery, and if you still have energy continue to Mount Eros.

Alonnisos: A network of easy trails leads to pristine beaches with lush vegetation.

Karpathos / Saria: Hike to places where time seems to have stopped. Walk from Avlona to Vroukounta the archaeological site of ancient Vroukous.