About us

Greek Youth Hostels Association

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The Greek Youth Hostels Association (GRYH) is a non-profit organisation, operates since 2017 and offers you 21 Youth Hostels all over Greece. The aim of the association is to strengthen youth travel and common learning -  in conjunction with the development of activities aimed at fostering relations of communication, solidarity and mutual understanding among young people regardless of their nationality, gender, religion or ideological orientation. GRYH promotes meetings of young people, families and groups on tours and trips, their contact with the nature, environmental awareness and healthy living, the development of their personality, as well as opportunities for using leisure time through sport, games, culture and joint actions. 

We are proud to be a member of Hostelling International  (HI) and its global network.

Hostelling International Greece

HI is the brand name of more than 90 Youth Hostel Associations in 90 countries, operating over 4,000 hostels world-wide. What makes HI different from other hostel operators is a focus on quality over quantity: all member countries are required to meet HI's internationally-agreed Assured Standards for comfort, so you can rely on a consistent level of services and facilities wherever you stay. HI Hostels enable you to meet people of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and provide a rich resource for learning and for building a better, more peaceful world.

The Greek Youth Hostels Association accepts the criteria set by HI:

“to promote the education of all young people of all nations, but especially young people of limited means, by encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities in all parts of the world, and as an ancillary thereto to provide hostels or other accommodation in which there shall be no distinctions of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, class or political opinions, and thereby to develop a better understanding of fellow men at home and abroad”.

Unique, diverse, cosmopolitan and sustainable

Just as there are diverse types of people, so there are numerous Youth Hostels throughout Greece. The GRYH has developed special labels and ranges of offers for various groups of guests. These labels are "Family Friendly Hostel," "Active Hostel", "Green Hostel",  "Fun Hostel", "Charming Hostel" and "Group Friendly Hostel".  With our labels and specified categories such as culture, nature, sports and experience we hope to make it a little easier for our guests to choose the perfect Greek Youth Hostel for their particular travel needs. We offer an authentic version of hidden gems off-the-beaten-path and a connection with local and rural culture and its people.

Become curious? Let yourself be carried away by Greek hospitality... Enjoy exploring our Greek Youth Hostels website!


Cooperation with the German Youth Hostel Association

This portal was realised as part of the cooperation between the Greek Youth Hostels Association and the German Youth Hostel Association through an Anton-Grassl-Fund grant.

The establishment of the Greek Youth Hostels Association was actively supported by the German Youth Hostel Association and its Regional Association Unterweser-Ems.