For a Safe and Enjoyable Experience
- Study the trail map (either on paper or on our website) ahead of time and decide where you want to go.
- Take plenty of water and a snack with you. Remember to take any rubbish back with you, though!
- Wear a hat, sturdy shoes and long pants; use bug repellent and sunscreen. A walking stick is also helpful.
- Give way to hikers ascending a steep incline. Some trails are too narrow to accommodate two-way traffic!
- If hiking with dogs, make sure you can control them.
- Try to avoid hiking alone and always let someone know where you are planning to go.
- Keep in mind that in some areas of the island, e.g. at Lazarides or Anitsaio, phone service is NOT available as there is no signal.
- Do not take unnecessary risks. Stay safe.
“Leave No Trace / Do No Harm”
We adhere to the basic tenet of “Leave no trace/Do no harm”, which means making a minimal impact wherever we go. As such, we ask that you follow these common-sense guidelines:
- Walk carefully along the marked trails, following the signs, and don’t wander off, as you may be trespassing over private and/or government property.
- Do not light fires or toss burning cigarettes into the bushes or wooded areas.
- Leave no rubbish behind, including cigarette butts. Carry everything you brought back out with you. If you can, carry an extra bag to collect other rubbish you might find along the way.
- If you must heed the call of nature, dig a hole and burry it. Don’t leave it out in the open.
- Refrain from playing music that could disturb local residents or other hikers, and particularly avoid making loud noises that might disturb wildlife.
- Do not collect excessive amounts of vegetation and do not leave your food behind for animals, as it may be harmful to them.
- Do not remove and take as your own objects, masonry, and other artefacts that you come across in your path, in “abandoned” settlements and villages. A photograph should suffice.
- Do not paint graffiti along the trails.
Respect the place, respect the local residents and respect those who will use the trails after you. Let’s all preserve this important part of Aegina’s heritage so future generations can enjoy it.