There are outstanding facilities along all coastlines
of the mainland and particularly in the islands. Most of the hotels
can help with arrangements. Water-skiing is very popular
and there are over 30 water-ski schools in Greece with restaurants
and child-care facilities. Speed boats are also available for rent.
Independent scuba-diving is strictly prohibited,
in order to guard against the pilfering of underwater antiquities.
Divers may only venture out under the backing of a recognised
diving school. Snorkelling is permitted, and
is possible practically anywhere.
For further information, contact the Hellenic Federation
of Underwater Activities, West Terminal Post Office, Agios
Cosmos, 166 04 Hellenikon, Athens tel: (210) 981 9961; fax: (210)
981 7558; website: www.sportsnet.gr
Greek waters offer excellent fishing, particularly
during the summer and autumn. Boats and equipment can be found
in most villages.
This is becoming more and more popular and there
is scope for hill walking and climbing. There
are well-maintained trails in the most popular
areas, supplemented by goat and donkey tracks connecting villages
and leading over mountains. The finest areas for walking
include the Peloponnese, the Pindos Mountains
and the south and west of Crete.
Sites of archaeological interest abound, and
the visitor can often come across ancient ruins and traces
of lost civilisations. It is often advisable to use a
guide when visiting the more remote regions. There are over 7000
karstic cave formations in the country, the majority
More information on these caves is available from the Hellenic
Speleological Society, 32 Sina Street, 106 72 Athens (tel:
(210) 361 7824; fax: (210) 364 3476; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are some horse riding clubs in Greece (in
Attica, Crete, Corfu and Thessaloniki).