Is wild camping allowed in Greece?

No, in Greece wild camping and free standing are unfortunately not officially allowed. Outside the tourist areas, however, it is usually tolerated by the authorities and residents.

Last researched: Spring 2020

Wild camping, standing free, and bivouacking away from official campsites is strictly prohibited. Particularly in the high season, this is regularly checked in tourist areas, nature reserves, and on beaches. In the worst case, fines are imposed.

  • In tourist areas, nature reserves, and beaches, you can be fined up to 3.000 € and three months imprisonment.
  • In other areas, you may have to pay a fine of up to 300 €.

In practice, however, wild camping is much easier, as these penalties are rarely enforced off-season and inland. In most cases, local authorities and residents tolerate wild camping.

Wild camping in Greece: The legal situation

The legal basis for wild camping is laid down in Law N. 2160/1993 Article 4 paragraph 12.

Wild camping by the sea
Wild camping by the sea
Pitch under palm trees
Pitch under palm trees

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Greece

From the picture-book beaches to the Greek mountains, the land of the gods invites you to be discovered and explored. On your journey through Greece, you will not only encounter a beautiful nature, but the Greek history and legends are also reflected in the ancient buildings and ruins you encounter everywhere. Combined with hospitable inhabitants and delicious food, Greece is worth a trip. We have put together a few tips and tricks, so you don't get into trouble while camping here.

Observe prohibition signs
When camping wild with a tent, you should pay attention to official signs of the tourism authority. If there is no sign prohibiting it, camping is usually tolerated by the regional authorities. In areas with prohibition signs, however, the prohibitions and penalties are usually enforced.

Parking and not camping
If you are traveling with your campervan or motorhome the situation is a bit different. You are allowed to park your vehicle, but not to camp. To avoid trouble, keep your tables or chairs in the vehicle. Most of the time, the authorities are not very strict and bend the rules.

Avoid tourist areas
Most bans and penalties are imposed in tourist areas, as residents and other tourists feel harassed by wild campers. However, the situation is quite different in rural areas. Especially if you are traveling in a small group, people will greet you and tolerate wild camping.

Respect residents
As in any country, you should follow the general rules of conduct for wild camping. Especially in Greece, there is a strong emphasis on interpersonal relations, so you should be open and friendly with the residents, then they will not complain about you to the authorities and tolerate your stay.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Greece

Greece is known for its delicious food like gyros with tzatziki or its ouzo which you can enjoy ice-cold with water. The legends of Hercules and Olympus are known all over the world. But why do many religious buildings have blue roofs and why is Athens the perfect city to sunbath? Read the answers and eight other interesting facts here.

Fact #1 - Open Hands
Gestures with open hands are considered an insult in Greece. So you should wave with your hand closed or turn the inside towards you.

Fact #2 - Blue roofs
Especially the blue domes of Santorini are known all over the world. But why are they blue? According to old legends, this is supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Fact #3 - Sun worshipper
Greece is a sunny country, but Athens has a special place here. Thanks to its location, about 348 sunny days a year are reported here.

Fact #4 - Greece does not mean Greece
The official name of the country is not Greece, but the Hellenic Republic, or Hellas for short. The name Greece goes back to the Romans.

Fact #5 - Mountains
About 80% of Greece consists of mountains and highlands. Due to this mountainous landscape, there are no rivers that can be navigated by ships.

Fact #6 - Archaeology
Greece has the most archaeological museums in the world. Not surprising, after all, it is the land of antiquity.

Fact #7 - Short ways to the sea
In Greece, there is no place more than 137 km away from the sea. A short swim in the sea is no problem.

Fact #8 - Plants and herbs
Greece has over 6,000 plant species and is second only to Madagascar in terms of medicinal plants and medicinal herbs.

Fact #9 - Caution when bathing
Even if the Greek beaches invite to bath, nudism or topless bathing is not allowed on the beaches.

Fact #10 - Name day goes before a birthday
The Greeks celebrate their name days bigger than their actual birthday. This is due to the Greek Orthodox religion.

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