Mountainous Thessaly Tour
About The Place
Koziakas Mountain, situated in the heart of Thessaly, Greece, stands as a formidable natural landmark with a rich tapestry of features that define its character. This mountain range is emblematic of the rugged beauty and untamed landscapes that characterize the Greek mainland.
Geographically, Koziakas is part of the Pindus mountain range, renowned for its imposing peaks and deep valleys. The mountain spans across a significant portion of Thessaly, serving as a prominent geological and ecological entity. Rising to an elevation of approximately 1,978 meters (6,490 feet), Koziakas commands attention with its commanding presence.
One distinctive feature of Koziakas is its diverse terrain. While rugged and imposing, the mountain’s slopes are not overwhelmingly steep, allowing for various types of vegetation to flourish. Dense forests cloak the lower altitudes, primarily consisting of deciduous and coniferous trees. This not only contributes to the picturesque landscape but also supports a rich biodiversity, providing habitats for diverse flora and fauna.
The region surrounding Koziakas is marked by a network of trails and paths, making it an attractive destination for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers. The trails offer a unique opportunity to explore the mountain’s diverse ecosystems, from the lower woodlands to the alpine meadows closer to the summit. Hiking through Koziakas allows visitors to witness the transition in vegetation, providing a tangible experience of the mountain’s ecological nuances.
Several rivers and streams originate from the slopes of Koziakas, contributing to the fertile plains of Thessaly below. These water sources not only sustain the local ecosystems but also form an integral part of the region’s agricultural activities, supporting the cultivation of crops and the well-being of nearby communities.
Historically, Koziakas has played a role in the local culture and traditions. Villages nestled in the foothills of the mountain have been shaped by the challenges and opportunities presented by the landscape. Agriculture and husbandry have traditionally been important livelihoods, with communities adapting to the demands of the mountainous environment.
In conclusion, Koziakas Mountain in Thessaly is more than a geological formation; it’s a living entity with a story told by its landscapes, flora, fauna, and the communities that have called its slopes home for generations. It stands as a testament to the intricate relationship between nature and human existence, inviting those who venture to explore its trails to uncover the layers of its natural and cultural heritage.
An all-round tour in nature and tradition
Swim under stunning waterfalls
Get to know the area’s history and myths from the local
- 7 Hours
Embark on our captivating Mountainous Thessaly Highlights tour, where we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Trikala or Kalampaka. Our first stop will be the awe-inspiring Pyli arched bridge, an incredible Byzantine-era architectural marvel nestled in the Portaikos River Gorge. The area offers various trails for delightful walks, allowing you to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the gorge.
Continuing our journey, we’ll drive along the river bed until we reach the Palaiokarya Waterfalls. These majestic falls are situated in a breathtaking natural setting, inviting you to take a refreshing dip in their cool waters. After our invigorating swim, we’ll ascend the imposing Koziakas mountain and visit the charming village of Elati. Surrounded by lush pine forests and under the shadow of Mount Koziakas’ summit, Elati offers delightful hiking paths, traditional architecture, and delightful local delicacies. We’ll spend an hour here, allowing you to explore the village and enjoy a traditional lunch (additional cost).
Next, we’ll delve into the enchanting heart of the forest, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Greece.” The Pertouli meadows, situated at an altitude of 1,000 meters, exude pure magnificence. Stroll through alpine meadows or opt for a horseback ride through the forest (extra cost). After our delightful time at Pertouli, we’ll head towards the northern side of Mount Koziakas and conclude the tour by dropping you off at your hotel.
Food & Drinks
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section
Any extra optional activities
Suitable Seasons: Throughout the year
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes and shoes according to weather conditions
Swimming suit, towel (optional)
Certified and Experienced Guides
Pick-up and drop off service with 9 seater 2020 Van from Trikala, Kalampaka or Kastraki
- Minimum 2 Participants
- Basic physical condition
- Swimming Knowledge
- Pick up from your hotel in Trikala or Kalampaka : 09.00-09.15
- Pyli’s bridge visit : 10.00-11.00
- Palaiokaria waterfalls : 11.00-12.00
- Elati Village : 12.30-14.00
- Pertouli Meadows : 14.30-15.00
- Drop off at your hotel : 16.00
- Distance : 113km
- Sun Exposure : 50%
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