Pindus Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

1. Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

Drive to the rafting base in Klidonia, on the main road from Aristi village to Papingo village. There the rafting team will welcome at 10:30 AM and provide you with the necessary safety equipment. When ready, a minibus will transfer you to the starting location, the bridge of Aristi-Papigo. During the transfer you will have impressive views of Mt. Tymphi, Astraka towers and Papigo villages. A safety briefing will follow, some river practice and off you go! During the descent, the group will stop for an optional refreshing dive in Voidomati’s crystal clear waters and visit the deserted 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi monastery. On the final stage of the trip, the boat groups paddle under Klidonia’s stone bridge artificial waterfalls. The descent finishes shortly after Klidonia’s bridge just outside the rafting base. One thing is certain; by the time you reach the end, at approximately 1:30 PM, you’ll wish you could start all over again!

Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

2. Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

Enjoy a light 3-hour hike with a trek leader from the Chapel of Profitis Ilias to the Beloi viewpoint in the Pindus Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramas of the limestone and dolomite rocks and virgin vegetation. Visitors to the Zagori area will often hear about Vradeto, the highest village in the region. But there is more to see than a mountain village. A stunning ride through varied landscapes leads to this small, picturesque place, from where you’ll start your hike of about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers). Suitable for the entire family, this is one of the easiest hiking routes in the Pindus Mountains, home to the world’s deepest gorge. After you’ve taken in views of the entire length of the Vikos Gorge, return to Vradeto for a short coffee break at the traditional kafenion (café), where you can see a photo exhibition. Next, you will walk the famous Vradeto rocksteps, a traditional stone-made path that used to connect Vradeto with the rest of the region’s settlements. End your tour close to the village of Kapesovo, where a transfer will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

From Kalabaka: Guided Hiking Tour in Meteora

3. From Kalabaka: Guided Hiking Tour in Meteora

During our hiking routes you have the opportunity to explore one of the most famous and breathtaking locations in Greece and UNESCO World Heritage monuments, located next to Meteora in central Thessaly. Theopetra Cave is only 3km south from the town. The formation of the limestone rock has been dated to the upper cretaceous period thousand years ago. The site has become increasingly important as human presence is attributed to all periods of the Middle and Upper Paleolithic, the Mesolithic, Neolithic and beyond, bridging the Pleistocene with the Holocene. Also the river of Pineios and the Pindus Mountains are pretty remarkable. The unique complexity of the huge columns of rock creates an immersive archeological site of cultural evolution throughout the centuries. On top of these gigantic rocks there are monasteries of great history with their origins trailing back to the 14th century.

Jeep Safari at Pindus Mountains (Valia Kalda)

4. Jeep Safari at Pindus Mountains (Valia Kalda)

A unique adrenaline-pumping experience on dirt roads and tracks in truly unspoiled nature. Valia Kalda (meaning Hot Valley in the local Vlach/Aromanian language, as opposed to the cold heights surrounding it) is a protected national park with some of Europe’s oldest mantle rocks (40 million years old). It is a unique ecosystem and a safe refuge to several mammals (brown bear, wolf, fox, boar and chamois [mountain goat-antelope]), rare bird species (the golden eagle) as well as reptiles. Our expert guides strictly follow routes approved by the park administration for as little a human footprint in this wonderful nature as possible, these tracks used by brown bears, lumberjacks, and the occasional shepherd. We sample wild berries (according to season), while we admire high mountains, forested slopes covered with Balkan Black pine trees and stunning nature unfolding in front of our eyes, occasionally dipping in ice-cold waters.

Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

5. Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

Experience the alpine terrain and stunning vistas of Mount Tymfi in the Pindus Mountains and see untamed nature on a full-day hike to Dragon Lake According to legend, the lake was named for the dragon that is said to inhabit its waters. The dragon is said to be in constant conflict with another, from Mount Smolikas, the 2nd highest mountain in Greece after Mount Olympus. The 2 beasts fought each other by throwing pines and rocks, creating the peculiar landscape you will hike through. As you walk, discover a rich fauna, including alpine triton, a very rare amphibian that measures between 8-12 centimeters in length, has a black-brown shaded outer spine, and is protected by law. Hiking from Mikro Papingo, you will follow an uphill path to the Astraka refuge, where you can rest over hot coffee or lunch. Then, continue to the grassy uplands, studded with wildflowers. At some points you might encounter pack snow, even up until July. After approximately 1.5 hours, you will reach the lake. Nestled at an altitude of 6,725 feet (2,050 meters) on Mount Tymfi, it’s surrounded by the towering mountain peaks of Lapatos and Ploskos. Take in this magical scenery - and keep an eye out for the dragon - before retracing your steps back to Mikro Papingo.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

A great activity with our 2 teenagers, we enjoyed these few hours of rafting, even if it was rather calm, the landscapes were beautiful… the contrast between the trees, the rock and the turquoise water was magnificent! We made a short stop to soak our feet, see bathing for the less cautious and it was very nice. On the way back, an on-site restaurant allows you to have lunch, which is quite practical after these 3 hours.

very cool experience... not rafting for seasoned rafters but with kids aged 11 and 13 this was a cool first experience. Kostas was a good guide who took the time to give some explanation about the area

Great rafting with great instructors! Christos guide us also for our next places to visit and it’s worth it! Although the rafting was calm, the place was marvelous and with icy water.

Very courteous and a very detailed and interesting tour. I would take Nikos again.

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