- Category: NEWS
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 12:14
Greece is a mountainous country- the third most mountainous in Europe- with over 300 mountains covering about 80% of its total area. The two most important ranges are Pindos, which forms the “backbone” of mainland Greece, and Rodopi, the country's natural border with Bulgaria.
Over 40 mountain complexes exceed 2,000 meters. Renowned since antiquity, Olympus (2,918) is the highest mountain in Greece and among the highest in the continent.
Forests cover 37,520 km² of the country's total area (as of 2005). Intensive livestock grazing- especially in areas affected by fires- uncontrolled construction and the opening of new roads pose the most serious environmental threats, while authorities often turn a blind eye to illegal activity, even when it comes to designated protected areas.
Still, Greece has a lot to offer both to experienced mountaineers and to nature-lovers wishing to escape from stressfull city-life.