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“this is what Samothraki is famous for”
Review of Fonias Gorge

Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Samothraki
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

From the point of view of nature Samothraki is known all over Greece for its Mount Saos and for its 'Vathres', the water ponds so unique for an Aegean island. The most spectacular, but also the most visited, are the water ponds in the gorge of the river Fonias (the murderer). Usually these ponds are below a waterfall, just as here.

To get to the Fonias gorge one drives for about 5km from Therma on the eastern road until a parking area. From here it is walking. The first, quite level part by the river, is pretty easy. After about 35 minutes one gets to the first pond with the highest waterfall. Most people stop here and the braver one's go here for a dip into the water, which even in summer is not warmer than 16-17°. Swimming in the nude is common, even if the place is full with people just visiting or taking a picnic.

For me the place was too crowded, so I took a steep path for about 20 minutes to the upper pool, where I was all by myself. The scenery is very beautiful here too, although just with a small waterfall. After a swim I went even further up with the path becoming more and more difficult. Good hiking gear is necessary.

While in the lower part there are many big plane trees, here one finds smaller arbutus and turpentine trees. The path continues on the upper sides of the gorge, but then after about an hour goes down again to the river, where one finds some smaller ponds. From here on I didn't see waymarks anymore. This third part is only for people fond of hiking, who want to enjoy the wilderness.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful walk along the river. Heavy rain damaged the island a lot 2 weeks ago, I suppose it's "stonier" than ever! It was difficult to find the track, we walked along the left bank, and crossed when we started climbing. A " must do"!

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The water falls are fascinating. Not only the cascade and ponds, but the whole surrounding with 500 years old trees and typical shrub is a must-see. During our visit the weather was cool but we still immersed ourselves into the cold water. It was revitalising.
I advise to wear swimming shoes because there are slippery and sharp rocks. Never ever try to dive and be careful while climbing. Not too dangerous but attention is a must.

Thank Tamer H
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

It is difficult to find that waterfall and it is a little bit hard to reach. But it worths to try. You just leave your card 2 - 3 km away from this waterfall. And be ready to walk on the pathways but this place is the mirror of heaven.

Thank Basak M
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Wild, beautiful, interesting. The path takes you along Fonias river, surrounded by pine and birch trees. It is shady and you don't have to walk in the sun. But you need trekking shoes and also bring water and food, since you will spend 4-5 hours there. Along the river there are several natural pools where you can swim. At the top there is a beautiful cascade and if you go further in the mountain, you won't be dissapointed, the next cascade is breathtaking. Be aware that is not a place for children. The path is very steep and there are a lot of naked swimmers at the pools.

Thank Oanavoicu
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