Rafting in Acheloos river
About The Place
The Achelous River, known as Αχελώος in Greek and Ἀχελῷος in Ancient Greek, graces the region of Epirus in western Greece with its flowing magnificence. Spanning a length of 220 km, this river historically demarcated the boundaries between Acarnania and Aetolia, showcasing its geographical and geopolitical significance. The culmination of its journey sees the Achelous gracefully emptying itself into the Ionian Sea, a culmination that holds both geographical and mythological importance.
In ancient times, the Achelous River was not merely a geographical feature but also a deity revered as the river god Achelous. The spiritual essence of this watercourse found its place in the cultural fabric of the region, a sentiment echoed by Herodotus, who, in awe of its transformative power, likened it to the Nile. The river, previously known by names such as Thoas, Axenus, and Thestius, has left an indelible mark on the landscape and history of Epirus.
The Achelous River originates at an elevation of about 2,000 meters on the eastern slope of Lakmos mountain in the Pindus range, near the village of Anthousa in the Trikala regional unit. Its course takes it southwards, defining the boundaries between various regional units such as Arta, Trikala, Karditsa, and Aetolia-Acarnania. Along its journey, the river contributes to the formation of reservoirs like Kremasta, Kastraki, and Stratos, each adding to the intricate tapestry of the region’s geography.
The historical significance of the Achelous River is profound. In antiquity, it was celebrated as the largest river in Greece, originating in Mount Pindus and winding through Dolopian and Agræan territories before entering the plains of Acarnania and Aetolia. Its waters, characterized by a whitish yellow or cream color, earned it the later name Aspropotamo or the White River.
The river’s impact on history is not confined to ancient times. The Battle of Achelous in 1359 witnessed clashes between Albanian forces and the Despotate of Epirus near the Achelous River. This battle led to significant geopolitical changes in the region, establishing the Despotate of Arta and the Despotate of Angelokastron and Lepanto.
In the modern era, the Achelous River has witnessed the construction of dams such as Kremasta, Kastraki, and Stratos, shaping the landscape and contributing to the generation of electricity for western Greece and the central region. However, the Acheloos River Diversion project has been a subject of ongoing debate since the 1980s, proposing the construction of four large dams and a channel to divert water westward for irrigation purposes. The project has faced delays due to environmental and social concerns, highlighting the delicate balance between development and environmental conservation in this historically rich region.
- 2 - 3 Hours
Embark on the ultimate adventure as you immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of rafting on the magnificent Acheloos River in Tzoumerka. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, this Class 2-3 route spanning 15 kilometers and lasting 2.5 hours promises an unforgettable experience. Under the expert guidance of certified and seasoned athletes-guides, you can feel confident and secure as you navigate the rapids and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of Acheloos.
As the second longest river in Greece, Acheloos boasts the largest volume of water. Its headwaters originate in the majestic Pindos mountain range, carving a stunning 220-kilometer path before flowing into the Ionian Sea. The journey begins at Mesochora Dam, offering a picturesque starting point, and concludes in the charming village of Terpna.
Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerizing landscape that unfolds before your eyes. Bridges lost in time, hidden passages, and the tranquil teal waters surrounded by lush forests create a captivating backdrop throughout the route.
Along the way, you’ll encounter the impressive Mesochora Dam, the towering Athamanika mountain range, and thrilling Class 2-3 passages that will keep your adrenaline pumping.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience rafting in Acheloos. Book now to secure your spot and embark on a thrilling adventure, knowing that your safety and security are ensured by our certified guides who are champions in river sports
What to Bring
Second pair of shoes that will get wet
Certified guides, champions in river sports.
Boats and paddles, neoprene suits, shoes, helmets, life jackets, anoraks and all the Rafting equipment
Transportation in our own mini buses.
Video and photos recorded on a GoPro (you must have an 8gb or above USB stick)
Be insured against all liability
- Minimum 6 people
- Maximum 50 people
- Ages 12+ accompanied by a legal guardian.
- Starting time 10:00
- Ending time 12:00
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