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.
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.
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.
The picturesque town of Preveza (Πρέβεζα) is situated on the North cape of Amvrakikos Gulf. A visit to its town is not to be missed if you travel in the Northwestern part of Greece. It is the capital of the region, known for its history, natural beauty, cobbled stoned alleys and lively port, traditional tavernas and summer cultural events, and surely turquoise colored beaches that make you will feel you are in an island.We collected some of our favourite pictures to show you the beauty of this idyllic town.
The church of Agios Charalampos – Photo by Preveza
Ioannina is a city in Northwest Greece, known for its lake Pamvotis and the picturesque island in it, where about 100 families live permanently. The island is accessible by boat from Molos in Ioannina city. There are also guided tours. The route is about 10 minutes long.
Once you arrive you admire the architectural beauty of its houses and the well maintained gardens. Stroll through the narrow alleys and visit the little shops that sell local traditional folkloric items and silver jewels.
One of its main characteristics is the Museum of Ali Pasha. You can visit Ali Pasha’s bedroom where the bullets that took his life still lay on the floor. There are also displays of traditional costumes and Ali Pasha’s personal objects and documents.
Other places on the island that are worth visiting are the Pre-revolutionary Period Museum with a great collection of exhibits from the Ottoman occupation period. You can also visit the 5 monasteries on the island that are of great significance.
The lakes are one of the most important natural parks in Europe with exceptional beauty. Visitors have stunning views of the surrounding mountains reflecting in the waters. If you like bird – watching this is a paradise of 261 bird species, such as pelicans, wild ducks, Dalmatian pelican and many migratory birds.
Saint Achilios is a small island in Small Prespa. One can visit the island by a wooden floating bridge. There are 11 houses on the island, a guest house with a restaurant and the ruins of Saint Achilios church which does worth a visit. Definitely an ideal place for those who seek quiet vacation near nature. Find accommodation near Prespa Lakes with Booking.Com
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.
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.