Hiking in Kalypso gorge
About The Place
Kalypso Gorge lies on Kissavos, also known as Ossa, is regarded as a geological extension of Mount Olympus, and it is geographically separated from it by the Tempe Valley. Reaching a maximum elevation of 1,978 meters (Prophet Helias), Kissavos is situated between the Larissa Valley to the west, the Agia Valley to the south, and the sea to the east, where its slopes descend to form sheltered coves. A prominent valley cleaves the mountain into two sections, referred to as the “Big Canyon” to the north and the “Big Stream” to the south. Geologically noteworthy, Ossa boasts a foundation of crystalline rocks overlaid by other igneous formations.
The eastern and northern flanks of Kissavos are enveloped in lush surroundings, where a variety of forests including beech, chestnut, and pine thrive. The mountain’s southern ridge also hosts stands of fir trees. To the east, Kissavos meets the Aegean Sea, revealing splendid beaches and a diverse medley of vegetation, ranging from shrubbery and plain trees at lower altitudes to beech and fir trees at higher elevations.
Throughout much of the mountain’s expanse, particularly its eastern aspects, remarkable canyons cut through the terrain, often accompanied by vigorous streams. Among these, the Kalypso stream stands out, adorned with waterfalls, pools, and jagged rocks. The northeast side boasts a rugged and untamed landscape, with the peak’s cone devoid of vegetation. Perched at an elevation of 1,978 meters, the summit even harbors a captivating underground chapel dedicated to Prophet Helias.
Visit the big waterfall and its beautiful lagoon
Enjoy a flavorful picnic at “dimosia”
Argil (natural clay) bath
- 5 Hours
Hiking of Kalypso Gorge begins from Kokkino Nero. Located above the village of “Kokkino Nero” famous for its red water spa springs, the enchanting Gorge of Kalypso in eastern Kissavos captivates with its lush greenery, natural pools, and cascading waterfalls, creating an unrivaled landscape of extraordinary beauty.
Following a brief 30-minute uphill hike, we arrive at the magnificent big waterfall, where a pristine lagoon invites us for a refreshing swim and an invigorating dive.
Retracing our steps along the same path, we pause at the “dimosia” for a delightful picnic, savoring the flavors of our meal in the midst of nature’s embrace. Following our rejuvenating break, we embark on a 1.5-hour trail, leading us to a serene natural pool, offering the perfect setting for bathing and experiencing the therapeutic properties of natural clay, known as argil. Alternatively, we have the option to head to the cold water spa in Kokkino Nero, where a soothing mud bath awaits, providing a unique and relaxing experience.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Kalypso Gorge, indulging in the picturesque surroundings and embracing the healing powers of nature. This extraordinary adventure promises unforgettable moments and rejuvenation for both body and soul.
* Those who don’t want to continue walking have the option of going directly to Kokkino Nero by vehicle.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes and hiking shoes (depending on the season)
Your own personal water bottle
All necessary local transfers for the operation of the activity
- 6 years and older
- Basic physical condition
- Meeting time 10.00
- End of activity 15.00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds