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Riding the Wind in Athens

Greece has the perfect atmosphere for hang and paragliding. If you’re looking to add a little thrill to your next vacation, consider a gliding expedition in Athens.

 

Riding the Wind in Athens

 

You can view the beauty of Greece from above in an airplane or helicopter, but there is nothing quite so exhilarating as feeling the wind on your face as you glide along the sky’s currents, unencumbered. Thanks to the dry climate, Greece offers the perfect elements for an exciting gliding tour.

So, what is “gliding”?

  • Hang Gliding: A small, non-motorized aircraft with a delta wing is used for hang gliding. The flyer is harnessed to the device, using shifting body weight to control the direction of the flight. A single flight can last up to 10 hours.

  • Paragliding: The flyer is harnessed to a large, overhead “wing” (some refer to it as a parachute, though its construction is quite different), which is sustained by the wind currents. A single flight can last up to 4 hours.

 

Gliding was introduced to Greece by the Athens Gliding Club in 1935, but hang gliding and paragliding didn’t come into the picture until some time later - in the 70’s and 80’s, respectively. It is still a popular activity for locals and tourists.

Either activity does require a degree of physical fitness, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before setting out.

You’ll want to avoid the wetter months, so the best time to go gliding in Greece is between the months of April and October.

For more information about gliding, you can contact the HASF (Hellenic Air Sports Federation) at +30 210 0964 9788.

 

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