Canyoning in Fonias Samothraki – Short Route
About The Place
Samothraki, a hidden gem in the northern Aegean Sea, beckons travelers with its untamed beauty, mythological significance, and serene atmosphere. Dominated by the imposing Mount Saos, the island offers a distinctive experience blending nature, history, and culture.
Geography and Landscape: Samothraki is the eighth-largest Greek island, covering approximately 178 square kilometers. Its rugged terrain is characterized by mountainous landscapes, lush forests, and cascading streams. At an elevation of 1,611 meters, Mount Saos stands as the highest peak, shrouded in myth and crowned by the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.
Nature and Biodiversity: The island’s rich biodiversity is a testament to its pristine environment. Dense forests, predominantly composed of chestnut and oak trees, cover the slopes of Mount Saos. Samothraki is home to a variety of flora, including medicinal herbs and endemic species, adding to its ecological significance. The island’s diverse birdlife and the presence of protected habitats contribute to its appeal for nature lovers.
Ancient History and Mythology: Samothraki’s historical importance is deeply rooted in its association with ancient Greek mythology. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods, discovered atop Mount Saos, was a religious center dedicated to the mysterious Kabeiroi deities. The iconic Winged Victory of Samothrace, now displayed in the Louvre Museum, was unearthed here. Visitors can explore the archaeological site, marvel at ancient ruins, and immerse themselves in the island’s mythical aura.
Landmarks and Monuments: Apart from its archaeological treasures, Samothraki boasts picturesque villages and noteworthy landmarks. The Chora, the island’s capital, is a charming settlement with traditional stone houses, winding alleys, and panoramic views. The medieval castle of Myrina, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, adds a touch of historical allure to the landscape.
Thermal Springs: Samothraki’s therapeutic thermal springs, notably found in Therma, are renowned for their healing properties. The naturally warm waters flow into the sea, offering visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a soothing dip while surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.
Activities and Outdoor Exploration: The island’s unspoiled nature provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities. Hiking trails traverse the mountainous terrain, leading adventurers to waterfalls, secluded beaches, and scenic viewpoints. The island’s pristine beaches, including Pachia Ammos and Kipos, invite relaxation and the enjoyment of crystal-clear waters.
Cultural Events: Samothraki’s cultural vibrancy is expressed through traditional festivals and events. These celebrations, rooted in local customs and traditions, offer visitors a glimpse into the island’s authentic way of life.
In essence, Samothraki is not merely a destination; it’s an immersive experience that combines ancient mystique, natural wonders, and genuine Greek hospitality. This unspoiled island invites those seeking a tranquil retreat, an exploration of mythology, and an appreciation for the wonders of nature.
Duration of training : 30′
Duration of hiking before : 45′
Duration of main activity : 2.5 hours
Walking time after : 30 ‘
- 4 hours
Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Samothraki Island with a canyoning adventure you simply cannot miss. Discover the wonders of Fonias Gorge, the most popular canyon on the island, offering an ideal experience for adventurers of all levels. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes and exhilarating water features.
Embarking on this canyoning route, you will be captivated by the scenic beauty from the very beginning. The adventure kicks off with a leisurely hike alongside the river, surrounded by a lush plane tree forest. As you venture deeper into the gorge, prepare to be amazed by the awe-inspiring sight of five magnificent waterfalls, reaching heights of up to 25 meters. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you conquer the challenge of a thrilling slide and indulge in the excitement of numerous diving opportunities.
The route is blessed with abundant water, ensuring a refreshing and invigorating experience. You’ll find immense pleasure in engaging with the playful elements of the gorge, whether it’s navigating through water channels or embracing the thrill of aquatic games.
Make sure to mark your calendar for the ideal period to embark on this canyoning adventure: July-August. During this time, you can fully embrace the enchanting beauty of Samothraki Island and revel in the exhilaration of exploring Fonias Gorge, a destination that promises memories to last a lifetime.
What to Bring
Swimwear (to wear)
An extra t-shirt
Underwear for later
Hair elastics (if necessary)
Individual water bottle
Wear contact lenses or glasses with optical laces
Bring an extra pair of non-slip sports or hiking shoes + socks
Your personal equipment provided is neoprene suit, helmet, safety belt, special backpack
Photos / videos
- The minimum age is 12 years
- Minimum number of people 6.
- Normal physical and mental condition
- Normal body weight
- Comfort in swimming and at heights
- No previous use of alcohol or drugs
- Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
- Starting Time 9:00
- Ending Time 13:00
Parking Area near the Canyon
Cancellation Policy - Moderate
- If you cancel 10 days or earlier before the booked activity start date, you'll get a full refund.
- If you cancel within 4 and 10 days before the booked activity starting date, you'll get 50% back.
- Cancellations made 4 days or beyond, before the booked activity starting date, are treated as last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds.