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“Hike to the waterfall”
Review of Fonias Gorge

Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Samothraki
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful hike along the Fonias River but it is poorly marked and due to bad storms in September last year the river has changed its course which makes it easy to confuse the trails. We ended up on a higher trail to the first waterfall and had some narrow misses in places where the path had been washed out. Stay close to the river bed even if it means clambering over rocks and tree roots and you should be ok. The waterfall itself is beautiful and the water in the little pond is ice cold. There are two other waterfalls at a higher level but we decided against going any further after our experience with the unmarked trails.

Thank sratan
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

It ie a wonderful experience both to walk and to dive in Fonias Gorge. The deep water is refreshing and the view is fascinating. Nearby, there is an nice cafe restaurant. Note that you will need comfortable hiking shoes.

1  Thank barbaraThessaloniki
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

The river is marvelous with great views and great places to swim. You should also visit Fonias Springs which is on top of that river and you could really enjoy your live. A must see!!

Thank tokapstoarni
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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.

Thank saronic
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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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