Travellers to Greece are not only fascinated by the varying scenery but also by the thrilling mythology of the Greek pantheon. Greece is an incredible destination for campers: Many sites are ideally located in olive groves, pine forests or right by the sea, providing breathtaking settings for a dream holiday.
Whether you prefer family-owned campsites, with traditional taverns, or resorts with extensive entertainment programs, you’ll find what you’ re looking for in Greece.
Panhellenic Camping Association
6, Dragatsaniou Street, GR 105 59, Athens, Greece
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Although Greece is inviting for its perfect weather and scenery, free camping in an area not specified for camping is prohibited, and punished by heavy fines.
Current law prohibits the installation of tents and the parking of camper vans in archaeological sites, the seashore, beaches and generally public spaces. The police have the right to arrest free campers without a warrant, and penalties may reach up to a year's suspended sentence. However, if the camper is arrested setting a fire or polluting, the penalty may be up to five years.
In any case, everyone who chooses free camping for their vacations should respect the environment.
Simos Camping, Elafonisos
The exotic island of Elafonisos, off the coast of the southern tip of Peloponnese, is an ideal destination for those looking for pristine beaches and low-key vacations. The tiny island allows one to explore the region and nearby destinations, such as Monemvasia or Kythira. The Simos camping grounds are located less than 5 km away from the port, and offer all amenities for campers, including a mini-market, a bar, a restaurant, free WiFi and bike rental services.
Luxury Safari Tent at Surf Club Keros, Limnos
Limnos is anisland of the Northern Aegean which boasts stunning nature, beautiful landscapes and unspoiled beaches. A perfect destination for relaxation. Located in Keros Bay, Surf Club Keros is a windsurfing resort where you can stay on-site in a variety of accommodation options, from safari tents to luxury studios with A/C and en-suite bathroom. If you prefer to camp with your own equipment, you can also simply request a camping site.
Club Agia Anna, Evia
Perfect for families, Club Agia Anna is located on the northeastern coast of the island of Evia, near the village of Agia Anna. Built near the beach, the campsite includes swimming pools and volleyball and basketball courts. The highlight of the club is its extensive program and activities for children. One may choose between six types of accommodation, including tents, bungalows and studios, a garden cabana or even a luxury yurt.
An underrated jewel of the Cyclades, Serifos is a charming little island which boasts a top-notch camping site called Coralli. Situated on the sandy beach of Livadakia, Coralli offers high-quality facilities, with a restaurant, café and a mini-market. Come with your own equipment or opt for a bungalow with all basic amenities (private bathroom, A/C, TV and refrigerator as well as a private terrace).
Gythion Bay Camping, Peloponnese
Peloponnese is a marvelous region with ruins, myths and ancient cities, coupled with olive and orange groves, and long sandy beaches. Explore its treasures while staying at Gythion Bay Camping. Located near Gythion, the campsite is located by the beach and features a swimming pool and windsurfing facilities. Tent and caravan rental is available but you can set your tent. A mini-market, a bar and a restaurant are also on the premises.
Lichnos Camping, Parga
Epirus is a mostly mountainous region on the western coast of Greece. For those who love nature, it offers a variety of landscapes, from rugged peaks to mountainous stone-house villages and verdant valleys with rivers and stunning long beaches. Lichnos Camping is a resort by the beach, comprising an apartment complex and a camping ground. Basic camping facilities, with 150 spaces for campers, caravans and cars. Includes a garden, an organized beach with umbrellas and sun beds, a mini-market and a restaurant, the grounds are a little piece of heaven in the wild.
Akti Oneirou, Halkidiki
Located in the peninsula of Sithonia, Akti Oneirou Camping and Bungalows has a private beach. Comprising a series of bungalows, wooden houses and several pitches for tents and caravans, this resort-like camping ground includes basic facilities as well as a beach bar and restaurant.
Camping Leros, Leros
Leros is an unassuming island of the Dodecanese Archipelago, where you will find Camping Leros, in a 400-year old olive grove. Located in Xirokambos, the campsite includes a diving club where you can take week-long scuba diving lessons or take part in snorkeling excursions. If the open air appeals to you but you rather sleep indoors, the site also includes bungalows for rent. Add to this a charming little café with barbecue facilities.
Mithimna Camp, Crete
Crete is widely known for its stunning nature and delicious gastronomy. Enjoy everything while camping at Mithimna Camp in Drapanias, in the northern part of the island. Offering beautiful views over the Kissamos Bay, the campsite has cooking and washing facilities, a mini-market, a Cretan restaurant and a bar, and it is conveniently located by a beautiful beach. Wooden cabins are also available for rent.
Santa Maria Surfing Beach, Paros
Camp under the starry sky in Paros at Santa Maria Surfing Beach, known for its many watersport facilities and golden sand. The camp includes bungalows, beach huts and pitches by the sea. A mini-market, a beach bar and restaurant on the beach, a pool, a tennis and beach volleyball courts, plus all the basic amenities and even horseback riding possibilities.
Gavdos – Crete
Gavdos, with its stunningly beautiful sandy beaches and cedar trees is a top destination for free campers especially in the areas of Agios Ioannis and Lavraka. Make sure to try fresh fish and goat from the taverns of Ai Giannis and Sarakiniko. Keep in mind that nudism is the norm.
A heaven on earth only a few km from the island of Koufonisi. An oasis with crystalline waters and amazing beaches were you can experience the epitome of relaxation. Make sure to visit the Venetsanou tavern to savor homemade flavors in a mystique atmosphere.
The island of Anafi, is another favorable destination for free camping, especially in the area of Roukounas with its long stretches of sand. The area offers a single tavern, Zampetas open until late at night to answer to your cravings.
A simple love affair has flourished between Donousa and free campers. While in Donousa you can either camp at Livadi or Kedros. Livadi is the place to go if you wish to be fully cut from civilization while Kedros on the other hand offers a beach bar and showers.
You can either camp on a sandy or a pebbly beach depending on your preference and savor exceptional local delights such as lamb on a spit, moussaka, fava beans, sour cream cheese and spaghetti with lobster.
This is the ultimate place for camping enthusiasts whether you wish to camp by the sea, the river or the verdant landscape. Christos, Paradeisos and Gria are three of the most exceptional places to camp in the area and while on the island make sure to try some of the local recipes with goat and zucchini flowers as well as some of the homemade desserts.
A favorite camping spot as it offers a lush verdant landscape and it is situated in very close proximity to Athens. The best two spots to camp are Dragonera and Halikiada and its easy for you to eat anything you desire as there are many taverns scattered all around the area. Agistri offers an amazing setting with crystalline waters appreciated by all ages.
Tilos is a free camper friendly island that features showers and washrooms to all campers. The best camping places of the island are Eristos and Plaka and of course you can savor exceptional local specialties at the nearby taverns such as goat, fresh fish, shrimp and fresh vegetables.
Moving to the cluster of the Dodecanese, the beautiful island of Nisyros offers an exceptional landscape for the camping enthusiasts. The perfect place to camp on the island is the beach Pahia Ammos with its golden sand and the tavern serving flavorsome local recipes.
The beautiful island of Evia is a heaven for both free and organized campers. We suggest the area of Hiliadou with the enormous beach and the nudism friendly beach nearby perfect for the free spirited campers. Visitors may find a couple of canteens for sandwiches or refreshments close by and a few taverns right above the beach.