The Acheron River, set 25km from Parga, is a local gem that supplies the entire area with refreshing H2O. With abundant vegetation and crystal clear water, it’s surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape.
Its springs are located in Ioannina, on the mount Tomaros, at an altitude of 1600 m. The river runs through Preveza and Thesprotia and flows into the Ionian Sea, to the village of Ammoudia. The springs of the Acheron River are an area of outstanding natural beauty are close to the villages of Kanalaki and Glyki.
The best way is by car and the area is easily accessible through motorways. From the village of Gliki, you can follow the road signs for “Acheron Springs.” If you haven’t hired a car, you can book a trip with a local travel agent and visit with a tour group.
Apart from the natural beauty, the springs of Acheron are known worldwide for their mythological contents. In Ancient Greek mythology, Acheron was one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld. According to tradition, Zeus was devastated when the Titans drank from the water, and the ancient Olympian god of the sky condemned the river to remain eternally under the earth while its water became darker.
What you will find here
In many parts of the river where the water flow is normal, there are lakes and water pits that are home to a range of amphibians and fish. In other locations, the river flows through steep and high cliffs. In the rocky side slopes of Acheron, there are many birds of prey that nest in the forest slopes of the canyon.
Acheron River is worth the visit for its magnificent transparent water and
the surrounding rocky landscape. It should definitely be on the list when visiting Parga or any of its nearby areas, as it retains its unspoiled natural beauty and secret energy. Exploring the flows from the mountains of Souli Epirus until it reaches the Ionian Sea in Ammoudia Beach is a memorable experience.
Just a few km away from the sea, there is a forest with exotic-looking plants growing in the water. After you cross the forest, you will see the edge of the river, reaching the imposing Roman bridge, where you can sit and have lunch. Today, the Acheron River is an ecosystem that is recognised and a protected area by the Natura 2000 Network.
What to do
Apart from exploring the natural wonders, you can also enjoy some great local dishes at one of the nearby restaurants. For adventurous types, along the river is pathways for hiking and rafting activities. The landscape is hilly and green with surrounding elm and oak trees. And for those who don’t mind the cool temperature, make sure you take an unforgettable dip in the extremely cold crystal clear waters at any given opportunity.
• Horse-riding at Piges
• Paragliding at Paramythia
• Rafting, kayak, canoe-kayak at Stena
• Mountain-bike along the river
• Canyoning at Stena
• A caique mini cruise at the Acheron estuary
• Swimming in the cold waters of the river
• The historical villages of Souli
• The beautiful town of Parga
• The necromantic oracle of Acheron
• The remains and the Museum of the Ancient Nikopolis
• The town of Preveza
• The Ancient Theatre of Dodoni and Ancient Kassiopi
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