Rafting in Venetikos River (Route A)
About The Place
The journey of the Venetikos begins with the convergence of two streams, one descending from the southeastern slopes of Vasilitsa Mountain and the other from the northeast of Avgo Mountain and the southern Taliaros Hills. These streams, named Aspropotamos from the west and Dotsikiotiko from the north, unite in the gorge of Portitsa, nestled between the villages of Spilaio and Parorio, forming the inception of the Venetikos River. Prior to this juncture, the northern branch carries the name Velonias. From this point, the Venetikos River winds its way eastward, covering a distance of 46 kilometers.
Traversing south of Orliakas Mountain and continuing south of the city of Grevena, the river becomes a visual spectacle at the “Gates of Venetikos,” where it flows between imposing vertical rocks. As it progresses eastward, near the village of Agapi, the Venetikos River merges into the Aliakmonas River. Throughout its course, the Venetikos is fed by numerous streams and rivers, including Smixiotiko, Stavropotamos, Tranos Lakkos, Sarganaiko, Agiouaras, Vathylakkos, Kerasia Lakkos, Paliokastro, Dyo Dendra, Kerasia, and Kryoneri.
The landscapes surrounding the Venetikos River boast molasse formations and alluvial deposits, creating a unique canvas of geological diversity. Its winding course forms a rich tapestry of habitats, from expansive canyons to verdant valleys and dense riparian forests. Adventure seekers can explore this pristine terrain through activities like rafting, embracing the untamed beauty of one of Greece’s most remarkable natural areas.
The riparian forests lining the Venetikos are adorned with common alders, willows, narrow-leafed ashes, and oriental plane trees. As it meanders, the river transitions between wooded slopes adorned with firs and pines, eventually giving way to various oak varieties. The region surrounding the river is a haven for plant species such as Colchicum autumnale, Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis, Dianthus deltoides subsp. degenii, Actaea spicata, Betonica scardica, Anthericum liliago, and Tragopogon balcanicus.
Moreover, the Venetikos region is a paradise for birdwatchers, featuring a diverse avian population. Permanent residents include grey wagtails and dippers, while the river is frequented by grey herons, great egrets, little egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, snipes, and sandpipers. Birds of prey such as lesser spotted eagles, short-toed eagles, and buzzards soar above, contributing to the area’s rich biodiversity.
The Venetikos River, a haven for plant and animal life, becomes a canvas of color during the flowering season, featuring orchids like Cephalanthera damasonium, Epipactis palustris, Neotinea tridentata, and Ophrys species. Amphibians, reptiles, and mammals further enrich the region’s biodiversity, with brown bears, wolves, otters, and a variety of snakes making it their home.
The ichthyofauna of the Venetikos River includes rare fish species like the European spirlin, large spot barbel, Vardar nase, Vardar spined loach, and West Balkan trout. Additionally, the crystal-clear waters invite swimmers to witness this underwater spectacle during the summer months.
- 3 Hours
Experience the ultimate adventure as you embark on a thrilling rafting journey along the magnificent Venetikos River. This Class 3 route spans 15 kilometers and lasts for approximately 3 hours, making it the perfect choice for experienced rafters seeking an exhilarating challenge. With our certified and experienced athlete-guides leading the way, you can feel confident and secure as you navigate the rough and dynamic waters, immersing yourself in the heart of nature’s beauty.
Venetikos River, as the longest tributary of Aliakmonas, captivates with its mesmerizing teal-colored waters, which enchant visitors throughout the year. Adding to its allure, the river is adorned with remarkable stone, arched bridges dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, showcasing the rich history of the region.
Your adventure begins on the bridge connecting the villages of Trikomo and Monachiti, and concludes at the magnificent five-arched Spanos Bridge. Along the way, prepare to be awed by the impressive landmarks you’ll encounter, including the two-arched Kagelia Bridge, the three-arched Aziz-Aga Bridge, and the Stavropotamos Bridge with its captivating four arches. Each bridge carries its own unique charm, providing you with a glimpse into the architectural heritage of the area.
As you navigate the Venetikos River, keep an eye out for the rich wildlife that calls this majestic waterway home. From vibrant bird species to the occasional glimpse of other native creatures, nature’s wonders abound, adding to the immersive experience of your rafting adventure.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary rafting experience on the Venetikos River. Our certified guides, who are champions in river sports, prioritize your safety and ensure an unforgettable journey. This unique adventure is available daily from February to April, offering you the chance to create lasting memories and connect with nature’s awe-inspiring beauty.
Book now and embark on the rafting adventure of a lifetime, guided by experts who will ensure your security and provide you with an unrivaled experience in Arachthos.
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 10+ accompanied by a legal guardian
- Starting time 10:00
- Ending time 13:00
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