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Canyoning in Deos gorge

Canyoning in Deos gorge

Product Code : 6281

About The Place

Nestled in the captivating landscape of northern Greece, the village of Metsovo and the surrounding Tzoumerka Mountains weave a tapestry of natural beauty, rich history, and cultural charm. This enchanting region offers an immersive experience that beckons travelers to explore its picturesque landscapes, delve into its storied past, and bask in the warmth of its local traditions.

Metsovo, a quaint village perched at an elevation of around 1,150 meters, is a jewel of Epirus known for its unique architecture, traditional craftsmanship, and vibrant cultural heritage. As you wander through its cobbled streets, you’re greeted by stone-built houses that exude a timeless elegance, adorned with wooden balconies and vibrant flowers. The village’s distinctive character reflects its deep-rooted connection to its surroundings and its long history as a crossroads of trade and culture.

A highlight of Metsovo is the Averoff Gallery, a cultural treasure trove that houses a collection of Greek and European art. From intricate Byzantine icons to modern paintings, the gallery provides insight into the artistic evolution of the region and its interactions with the wider world. Nearby, the Tositsa Foundation’s mansion invites visitors to explore its exhibitions on Metsovo’s history, culture, and traditional crafts, offering a deeper understanding of the village’s intricate tapestry.

Venturing beyond the village, the Tzoumerka Mountains embrace travelers with their rugged allure and unspoiled landscapes. This mountain range, characterized by steep cliffs, deep gorges, and dense forests, is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails lead intrepid explorers through pristine wilderness, revealing breathtaking vistas of rolling hills and verdant valleys. The Vikos Gorge, a natural wonder that ranks among the world’s deepest canyons, adds an extra layer of allure to the region’s hiking offerings.

The Tzoumerka Mountains are also a gateway to authentic experiences that showcase the area’s rural traditions. Picturesque villages like Syrrako and Kalarrites offer a glimpse into the past, with stone houses and narrow alleys evoking a sense of timelessness. These settlements provide a space for travelers to immerse themselves in the local way of life, partake in traditional activities, and engage with the warm hospitality of the locals.

Culinary enthusiasts will find their palates delighted by the gastronomic offerings of Metsovo and its surroundings. The region’s cuisine reflects the bounty of its fertile land and the artistry of its inhabitants. Locally produced cheeses, such as Metsovone and Metsovela, are renowned for their distinct flavors, while hearty dishes like kontosouvli (spit-roasted meat) and bourani (a dish featuring wild greens) invite visitors to savor the authentic tastes of the area.

Throughout the year, Metsovo comes alive with vibrant festivals and celebrations that celebrate its cultural heritage. Traditional events, such as the “Metsovo Cheese Festival,” showcase the importance of cheese-making in the region’s history and provide a platform for locals to share their culinary traditions with visitors.

The Tzoumerka Mountains and Metsovo are not just a destination; they’re an experience that resonates with those who seek a harmonious blend of nature, history, and culture. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of the mountains, the charm of the village, or the authenticity of local traditions, this region invites you to embark on a journey that enriches the senses and nourishes the soul.

Total Duration

  • 5 Hours

Full description

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled adventure as you delve into the extraordinary realm of canyoning in Deos Gorge, located in the enchanting town of Metsovo. This awe-inspiring experience promises an unforgettable journey through a very challenging trail, lasting 5 hours, and is specifically designed for experienced canyoneers aged 15 and above. With our certified canyoning guides leading the way, your safety and guidance are assured throughout the entire expedition.

Situated just 30 minutes away from Ioannina, Deos Gorge derives its name from the awe-inspiring sensation it evokes. In Greek, “deos” means awe, and you will soon discover why. The river flows from September to June, with a significant surge in water volume during Easter, attributed to the snow melting in the majestic Lakmos mountain, also known as Peristeri.

To access the gorge, we embark on a short 15-minute hike. As we venture further, we encounter the first set of easy rappels in a relatively open space. As the journey progresses, the gorge becomes narrower and more formidable, captivating you with its breathtaking beauty.

This particular route boasts an array of waterfalls, each displaying unique beauty, with the most impressive being a staggering 30-meter waterfall. After descending this awe-inspiring natural wonder, you’ll find yourself rappelling down an 11-meter drop, leading you into a dimly lit chamber. Brace yourself for a truly unforgettable experience as you navigate a pitch-black environment and rappel down a remarkable 23-meter descent.

The route culminates on a street, which requires a 45-minute walk to reach the endpoint.

Prepare to encounter:

8 mesmerizing waterfalls Rappels: Shortest – 8m, Longest – 30m, Jumps, Natural slides

Book now and immerse yourself in the extraordinary adventure of canyoning in Deos Gorge. Rest assured, your safety and security are our top priorities, overseen by certified canyoning trainers.

Suitable season: April to November

What to Bring

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Second pair of shoes that will get wet

Includes

  • Special equipment needed for canyoning: (neoprene suits, helmets, baudrier, ropes)

  • Certified guides

  • Free video and photos, recorded with a GoPro (you will need to bring an at least 8gb USB stick)

  • Civil Liability Insurance

Limitations

  • Minimum 4 people
  • Maximum 20 people
  • Ages 15+ accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • The route demands average fitness levels and swimming

Itinerary

  • Starting time 10:00
  • Ending time 15:00

Meeting point

Xrysovitsa Exit, Egnatia Odos

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