The 10 best places for canyoning in Greece
Canyoning is travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming. Although hiking down a canyon that is non-technical, (canyon hiking) is often referred to as canyoneering, the terms canyoning and canyoneering are more often associated with technical descents — those that require abseils (rappels) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims. Ellines.com chose 10 canyons in Greece either easy or harder that will make you want to have the experience of canyoning.
1. Calypso in Kissavos mountain
Vertical cliffs, lakes and waterfalls up to 75 meters. You need to be experienced to manage to hang above its liquid beauty.
2. Vikaki in Zagori
Easy, but impressive. The descent starts between two narrow vertical rocks and ends at the bridge of Lazaridis.
3. Viniani in Evritania
Combines perfectly natural beauty and tradition, as it begins from the old village and ends at the old stone bridge, passing through five waterfalls.
4. Cave of Grevena
Photo: Kostas Petrakis
Fordable canyon of medium difficulty, with vertical rocks 200 meters high, enough water and small waterfalls.
5. Lucius river in Arcadia
It offers the possibility for two routes: the smallest includes swimming and the use of ropes is not required, while the largest includes a waterfall 15 meters high, which can only be passed by doing rappel from a bridge.
6. The Gorge of Ha – Lasithi
In Crete there are plenty of destinations for your sports activities. This is for experts only. The famous gorge with vertical walls is home to rare species of birds and is particularly attractive in spring, when there is water for doing leaps. Warning: It is dangerous after storms.
7. Kavousi -Heraklion
The small, narrow gorge with the red walls is particularly impressive in spring, when there is water.
8. Tsoutsouros -Heraklion
Ideal for beginners, this small gorge is very well secured.
9. Rodakino B-Rethymno
A dry gorge, dense and very narrow after the half route, with beautiful rocky formations.