Whatever time of year you visit Epirus, you are in for a treat! Whether you are looking forward to wandering through the beautiful mountain villages of Zagori, relaxing on one of the fantastic beaches near Parga and Sivota or enjoying a winter break in Ioannina, Epirus has something for everyone. And if you’re feeling adventurous, a day trip to the Acheron River is there to add some excitement to your holiday.
There’s a whole range of activities to choose from on the Acheron (also known as the Acherontas) River, made all the more special by the backdrop of Epirus’ spectacular gorges and forests. Not just that but Greek mythology tell us that Hades’ Gate was right here, near the Acheron Springs (it will difficult to believe given the idyllic setting) and that Charon rowed the souls of the dead over the river, crossing from the land of the living into the underworld.
Of course, nowadays it’s a more “lively” crowd that’s attracted to Epirus and the Acheron River – especially those rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, cycling and even zip lining for an adrenaline-filled day out.
Whichever way you choose to explore the river, the cool waters, high-sided canyons and wild beauty of Epirus make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The Acheron Springs are 1,600m above sea level (2 km from the village of Glyki) and the entire surrounding area is part of the Natura 2000 network.
And there’s no need to worry if you’ve never done anything like this before – most of the activities on the Acheron River are easy and there are lots of organised experiences where beginners are more than welcome. You’ll have an experienced guide who will explain everything and make sure you’re ready to set off on your new adventure. On the other hand, experienced adventurers can still find a wide range of more challenging options.