Acheron River

Acheron River, Parga Municipality: Hours, Address, Acheron River Reviews: 4.5/5

Acheron River
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Bart M
Middelburg, The Netherlands542 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Acheron springs offer a great relaxing environment. Isolated patches where you can enjoy the river and an exiting walk upstream through the river. The gorge is similar to the narrows in Zion National Park. We’ll worth a visit!
Written September 25, 2021
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remoncic
Gelderland Province, The Netherlands2 contributions
Sep 2021
Stunning. I didn't expect this to be such an experience. We were here in september, not too hot, not too crowded. A delight and perfect day trip from Parga or Ioannina. Btw. yes the water is cold. So what, it's a river in a moutainous area. You'll get used to it pretty quick or even forget about it because it's so beautiful.
Written September 24, 2021
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Maria I
Wakefield, UK18 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Went with friends in hire car. You need to go prepared to get wet, the water was cold but you got used to it we walked a long way eventually swimming in the clear fresh water . It the whole experience was magical made me feel very relaxed .
Written September 22, 2021
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Dim DeL
Spaichingen, Germany158 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It's totally a must go!!!
The beauty of the nature as you walk to get to the springs is incredible! The water is so hot that I couldn't feel my feet but it's worth to get into these beautiful water!!
Written September 22, 2021
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paullamar69
Arad, Romania266 contributions
Sep 2021
We traveled here in the second part f September and the water was cold but still I swim and do a rafting tour.
Written September 21, 2021
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Pete V
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021
This is an easy walk up the Acheron River, suitable for the whole family. The nice thing is that, while you can finally walk for a couple of kilometres, you can decide when to turn around depending on ages of the family or abilities of the walkers.

There is shallow wading from the beginning, and it does get progressively a bit more complicated, with some areas becoming chest-deep and some areas requiring a short swim to keep going. You then get to some huge rocks to be navigated, and for the few that make it all the way past the bridge there is a big lake.

Along the way, even from right at the beginning, very cold fresh water springs can be found on the sides of the canyon in a couple of places; these are perfect for drinking direct from the mountain.

It can get a bit cold in the water, and being in a canyon there is limited sunlight, so keep an eye on the kids for when they start to turn blue...:)

The depth of the water will naturally vary with the seasons, so be aware that at some times it will be an easier walk that at others. But it is still worth doing even if you don't get as far upstream as you would like.

Very important: wear decent water shoes!!! You cannot do this walk barefoot, and flip-flops or sandals are also a bad idea.
Written September 19, 2021
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Savvy traveller73
4 contributions
Sep 2021
First, you have a free spacious car park right at the beginning of the hiking trail, so you need no worry about this.

The trail starts on the right bank of the river, and it lasts for about 400 meters through the lush green forest  There are many picturesque spots where you can take photos of  sky blue or emerald-green water, depending on the site.

After you reach the end of the trail, everything becomes even better, but you need to step into the shallow but 7 °C cold water, so it is time to wear your summer beach slippers, sandals, crocs, or even better - water shoes. 

Do not try to step into water  barefooted. The stones and pebbles are sharp and slippery.

The current will prevent fast pace, but after a few minutes you will spot the few springs on your left (the right bank). The water is emerging directly from the rocks. 

Maybe this is a perfect place to taste this crystal-clear water and become strong like Achilles.  :)

The water is knee-deep here, and this is the farthest point for me. 

If you want to go onward, you will need your swimwear, but please mind the aforementioned temperature.

Don't miss this excursion, if you have an opportunity for it.
Written September 18, 2021
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EML
The Netherlands46 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I would highly recommend visiting the springs of Acheron. We went there with family. It was my husbands first visit and he was truly surprised.
Written September 12, 2021
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Keith P
Exmouth, UK187 contributions
Aug 2021
Went on an organised coach trip from Parga which included a relaxing boat ride at Ammoudia looking for otters, kingfishers etc. We then moved onto a small town called Gliki for a substantial lunch in a lovely restaurant by the river Acheron.
A 10 minute ride took us to the entrance to the gorge where we were able to walk upstream in the river. Although extremely cold at first, your feet soon got used to this and it was enjoyable experience. Unfortunately the toilets at the gorge entrance were disgusting and those on the cafe had not been checked for a while.
The guide was excellent throughout and we learnt much about the area - history, mythology, geography etc.
One advantage was that the coach picked us up from Valtos Beach and others along the main road from Parga. The cost was 50euros pp which bearing in mind the very good lunch we thought was reasonable value. We already had water shoes suitable for pebbly beaches and you could buy them at the gorge. We had bought a waterproof pouch in Parga for our camera.
Written August 28, 2021
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Caroline C
10 contributions
Aug 2021
Stunningly beautiful BUT get there early! We arrived at 9.30 and could walk up the river and see very few others. We made it to the bridge but on the way back, it was like the M25 on a Monday morning!
The water is freezing but stick with it as it is so worth while and you soon get used to it. To reach the bridge does require you swimming in a narrow gorge that has quite a current against you - not for the young or weak swimmers but even if you make it this far and turn back, it is worth it.
Another reason to get there early...parking! The parking area is vast and when we arrive there were no more than 100 cars there. By the time we returned, it was utter carnage. Once you have finished the walk, we recommend avoiding the fast food options and jumping in your car and going the short way down the river where there are a few riverside restaurants where your enjoyment of the river can extend a little longer
Written August 27, 2021
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