The Acheron River
The Acheron River is a place of unique beauty and immense tranquility. It deserves at least one whole day to discover and admire, especially if you are a natural beauty lover. In the mountains of Souli, at an altitude of 1,600 meters, just 2 km from the village of Gliki, are the springs of Acheron River and the starting point of the journey we suggest to the Mythological Gates of the ancient Hades.
Legend of the Acheron River
According to the legend, in the sources of the Acherontas River in Glyki lived once a monster, a Dragon that poisoned the river’s water, making the water deadly for people and animals in the area. Saint Donatus killed the dragon, and since then, the river waters have become sweet, hence the name Glyki (sweet) of the homonymous village.
First Hiking Route
From this small village, you can enjoy a walk through two paths that cross the Riparian forest of plane trees. One starts from the Glyki Information Center and leads to Skala Tzavelena. Following the famous path that Souliotes used during the Ottoman domination, go down the green slope to the river bank. Visit the -ruined today- Byzantine temple and stay for a while in the Dragon Cave, the point where the springs gush. The route is wonderful, and the view will surely amaze even the most disinterested person. Wild, stunning vegetation, crystal clear waters, reeds, ferns and plane trees, and small waterfalls make the landscape a miraculous scene.
Second Hiking Route
The second hiking route is even more impressive. It starts from Skala Tzavelena’s location and ends at the Souli Plateau (village of Samonia). The scenic path traverses the Acheron Straits along their entire length, following a route parallel to the river. On the way you will see the imposing gorge of Acheron, the “Gates of Hades.”You will be seduced by the wonderful alternations of the landscape. The impressive “Dala” bridge is on your way. Be sure to take photos. The hiking trip lasts 4 hours.Natura 2000 Network
The river is protected by the Natura 2000 Network. Many species of insects, small animals, and rare plants can be found on the banks of it.
Acherontas also offers any kind of sport. Try horse riding along the river, experience rafting, kayaking, and canoeing, even if you haven’t tried river water sports before. The river is easy to navigate as it does not require any special knowledge. Finally, if you are adventurous and you are not scared of the cold waters, you can swim safely and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the river.