Rafting in Greece has become popular during the cooler season from November to May, where the rivers are running fast filled with water. Discover another side of Greece, away from the beaches and head for the mountains experiencing river rafting through the wild landscapes.
The best areas to practice rafting in Greece are in Epirus, Northern Greece, and Peloponnese.
Try rafting on Arachthos in Epirus, Northern Greece as well as on Tavropos and Megdovas in Evritania in Central Greece. In Peloponnese we propose rafting on the rivers of Loussios and Alfios in Arcadia.
As anywhere else in the world the difficulty level of these rafting paths varies – some parts require previous rafting experience, while others are suitable for beginners. You will find that most clubs organizing rafting rides in Greece also offer courses for novices. Some excursions last for more than one day and combine rafting with other nature activities, such as hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
River Rafting Clubs in Greece
Rafting on Voidomatis River in Epirus and excursions in Tzoumerka
Rafting on Aliakmonas River, near Meteora but also in Grevena
Rafting down Lousios River in Messinia, Peloponnese
Rafting on rivers in Grevena, Epirus, Thessaly and Peleponnese
Rafting in the Pindus Mountains
Rafting on Evinos River, Sterea
Best time rafting in Greece?
The best time to go rafting in Greece is in spring or in autumn when the rivers flow and weather is right. However, there are tracks going all the year round.
Rafting in Epirus
Epirus will surprise you with its gorgeous rivers, some wild and fast running, and others wide and lazy. The whole area is covered with deep, green forests, vast valleys, huge canyons, and tall mountains.
The best way to explore the wild nature is rafting your way through it. Rafting is a sport that will give you an adrenaline rush, and in Epirus it will be combined with the breathtaking scenery. The rivers in Epirus offer different levels of difficulty, which makes it an ideal destination for beginners as well as rafting experts.
The Greek rivers in Epirus
Arachtos is one of the most interesting rivers for rafting in Greece. On its course you will see two of the most famous old Epirus bridges; Plaka, the tallest single arch bridge in Greece, and Arta. Along the course you will pass through the gorge, starting under a vertical steep slope that drops 700 meters; you will see waterfalls and rare bird species nesting on the distant canyon cliffs. Halfway through the gorge, you can make a stop and walk to Glyfki’s waterfalls.
Level of Difficulty: 2-3 (Beginners), 4 (advanced)
Duration: 2 hours (4 hours for advanced)
Voidomatis River has sparkling clear waters and is ideal for your first rafting experience. It starts off at Aristi Bridge near Zagorochori in a green forest with small waterfalls and old stone bridges. On you way rafting down Voidomatis you will reach the abandoned monastery of Agioi Anargyroi (16th century) after approx. 45 minutes. Here you can explore the vertical rocks and impressive caves once used as hermitages. Before ending your rafting trip on Voidomatis River you paddle under the single arched bridge of Kato Kleidonia.
Level of Difficulty: 1-2
Duration: 90 minutes
Kalarrytikos River has its source in the Tzoumerka Mountains and is the tributary to Arachthos River. It is an exciting river for rafting with a rather abrupt slope. The ride itself takes place in an alpine landscape, down through a narrow canyon with wavy rapids and interesting passages graded as level 3 and 4. The ride starts at Gogkou Bridge and ends at Plaka Bridge.
Level of Difficulty: 3-4
Duration: 3 to 3½ hours
Kalamas River has its sources in the mountains of Epirus near Ioannina and its delta meets the Ionian Sea. In the ancient times the Greek name of this river was Thyamis. Kalamas River is a good choice for both experienced and beginner rafters. The ride goes down river and ends at the Kalama Dam.
Route Vrysela – Kalama Dam: Difficulty level 1 – Duration 4 hours
(with an optional stop at a river islet for a picnic and visit to the archaeological site of Titani)
Route Vrosyna – Neraida: Difficulty level 2+ – Duration: 4-5 hours
Route Neraida – Vrysela: Difficulty level 2 – Duration: 3 hours
Acherontas River runs in an area of great natural beauty and offers thrills to all rafting enthusiasts. It is a 4-kilometer ride starting at the river source at Glyki’s Bridge and ideal for beginners. The water in Acherontas never declines and offers rides all year round. For the more experienced and adventurous rafters we suggest trying the most difficult parts of the river from Sertziana to Glyki, a ride which lasts 4-5 hours and the passages are graded as level 3-4.
Level of Difficulty: 1-2 & 3-4
Duration: From 1hr to 4-5hrs
Is rafting dangerous?
Rafting or white-water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.
Explore the Greek nature river rafting
River rafting is a great activity for action and adventure in nature – ideal to discover secluded spots of extreme beauty while paddling past deep canyons and green mountain slopes. Give it a try and explore the Greek nature from the rivers all year round.