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Leave the poor sea alone for a day and go hiking !

Leave the poor sea alone for a day and go hiking ! It's totally worth it. You leave your... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Roland D
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Amazing experience

We did canyoning with an organised group and an instructor (Hellas canyoning) and we enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
finitzia
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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.

2  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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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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