Acheron River, where experiences are endless

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Acheron River (ποταμός Αχέροντας) is one of our favorite places in Greece and we have already written a post about this paradise place. Last summer we visited Acheron River again. And that time we were determined to walk and swim into its cold waters. So we prepared ourselves, bought river shoes (you definitely cannot walk in the river without them) and a waterproof case, where you put your keys, some money and your phone (it is advisable to have your phone with you if you decide to walk a long distance). You can buy these at the stalls at the start of the walk, near the parking places. Leave behind a bag with a towel and dry clothes to change when you arrive back. 
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The water was freezing at the beginning. And this is the most challenging part of the walk. Because of the springs, the water at this point is very cold and you may think that you cannot manage walking any further. We recommend you start walking fast. Or rest for 5-10 seconds on the banks so that your body gets used to the temperature. And then start walking again. The water temperature gets better after a couple of minutes. Nature becomes stunning, and your walk more adventurous. For some short distances you must walk through narrow paths and slippery rocks. At some parts the river gets deeper. Swim hard and fast to cope with the current of the river. Stop for a while, listen to the nature sounds and feel the vibes of this ancient place.
Photo By Giannis Gioutlakis

After an exciting one hour of walking / swimming, we reached this stone bridge. This is the point where you can walk upon the rocks and reach the top of the bridge. The view is breathtaking. From there you can go back to the river or you can follow the path on the right hand side (follow the red spots). It takes about 45 minutes to go back to where you firstly started walking in the river. We chose the second option. We were completely wet by the river and we really enjoyed walking in the dense green nature. 

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Acherontas river and its springs, a paradise on earth.

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In Preveza perfecture, at Northwest Greece, is the hidden gem of Acherontas river. This place of outstanding natural beauty attracts people from all around the world.
 
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Once your arrive, you follow the path in the forest that leads to the springs of the river. Stop and admire the water that springs out of the ground. As you walk further down, the paths become wet so make sure you wear appropriate shoes. Then you reach a point where you must get into the river and walk against its current. A lot of people can not stand the feeling of the freezing water and they stop there. Standing is unbearable but you get used to cold once you start walking. The braver ones swim in the summer. You will definitely feel blessed, being on this paradise on earth, watching the water that runs through the rocks, behind the trees and the ground. 
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Kayaking and rafting activities take place in the area for those who like water sports. Apart from the long routes for those who are experienced in kayaking and rafting, there are water sports companies that organize kayaking and rafting on a short and enjoyable route for beginners. Also horse riding in the river is very popular in the summer. Trained horses are available to give you one of the best riding experiences of your life.  
Tip: Trekking Hellas organize outdoor activities and guide you through the natural wonders of the area. 

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If you seek unique natural beauty, Aoos river is your destination

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Located near KonitsaAoos river is a must-visit place in a beautiful area rich in trees, flowers and birds. If you walk the paths along the river you will be amazed by the stunning nature’s colours. 
 
 
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Hiking is the visitors’ favorite sport, but you can also do water sports such as rafting and canoe kayaking. There is a 7 hour hiking path to Zagorohoria for the  adventurous. If you are not used in walking that long, a beautiful route by the river -starting from Konitsa‘ s bridge and ending at the Monastery of Stomio- is only 1.5 hours long. It accommodates just one monk who would be delighted to start a conversation with visitors as he is alone most of the time.  Read more...