Around the Mediterranean Sea
The Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea are probably the most popular place to provide vacation for Germans. They are known for non-expensive trips, for discotheques, beach parties, overdoses of alcohol, for all but for hiking. Wrong. Well, they are no match for something like the Alps or Scandinavia, but like the majority of islands - mountains that rose above sea level they are - they provide a good ground for touring around in either mountainous terrain or at least along the coast. And then there is always the subtropical climate as a contrast for people from Middle Europe.
Mallorca is a synonym for a cocktail of sun, beach, discotheques, diluted with Sangria, it is quite the opposite to hiking. Apart from the coastal areas that may offer numerous attractive patches, there is the dominating mountain chain of the Serra de Tramuntana, which can be crossed on the GR221, a more than 100 km long trail fitted with huts for accommodation.
Much smaller when compared to its bigger neighbor, we nevertheless found it worth enough to spend a couple of days on the island. Lacking substantial mountains, some wild and remote trails are located here and there, especially in the north along the coast, neglected by 99% of the island's visitors. The town of Eivissa is another place of interest with its ancient fortress.
The Adriatic Sea ia part of the Mediterranean. Its eastern shore hosts the Dalmatian Alps, part of which is the Biokovo. Its proximity to the touristic areas of the Makarska Riviera makes it possible to combine a package trip with tough hiking activities.
This is not just an island, it is an active volcano, giving it a special attraction. Both the active Nea Kameni volcanic island and the giant caldera, let alone their combination, are something you should have seen once in your live-time. Too small for hiking it is nevertheless possible to make some strenuous move on Santorini.