Greece

Greece

Located in south eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula Greece is near the three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. It has an area of 131,957 square kilometers and a population of about 11 million. The country consists of three main geographic areas: the largest is the mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus, and some 6,000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea in the Greek archipelago.

A large segment, 80 percent, of the country is mountainous or hilly. At the same time, it has 16,000 kilometers of coastline. Of those 7,500 are in the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago.

It has an area of 131,957 square kilometers and a population of about 11 million. The country consists of three main geographic areas: the largest is the mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus, and some ,.000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea in the Greek archipelago.

A large segment, 80 percent, of the country is mountainous or hilly. At the same time, it has 16,000 kilometers of coastline. Of those 7,500 are in the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago.

Athens to Pindus Mountains 4 x 4 Tour

Athens to Pindus Mountains 4 x 4 Tour

As soon as I heard of the Tripology Adventures expedition through the Pindus Mountains of Central Greece, my wanderer’s spirit did a double take. The concept was intriguing, a turnkey guided self-drive caravan into mountainous areas so remote that only fully equipped all-wheel drive vehicles could get me there. I was already checking flights to Athens! However, a nagging thorn kept catching at the edge of my enthusiasm, the self-drive part. A look at Greece’s geographical statistics reminded me that this 132,000 square kilometer (32,600 square mile) country (i.e. over three times the size of Switzerland) was 80 percent mountains. And of its 117,000 kilometers (73,000 miles) of roadways, only just over one third were paved. I may consider myself an experienced city and highway driver, but I harbor no delusions about my ability to handle a full size Sport Utility Vehicle over unpaved mountain trails. Fortunately my query to Tripology put the matter to rest. While driving on their itineraries is often arduous, a majority of participants fall into the passionate drivers category, oftentimes more eager to take the wheel than share it. I was on my way.