Over the last years, a new kind of active holiday has developed in Greece, canyoning.

This extreme sport includes hiking and climbing in canyons and if necessary swim in waterfalls.

There are some alpine and mountaineering clubs in Greece that practice people in these sports and organize excursions in popular canyons in Greece. Impressive Gorges A very impressive gorge in Greece is Vikos Gorge, located on the north western side of the country, in the region of Epirus, near Zagoria.Vikos is the second deepest gorge in the world, after the Grand Canyon in the USA. As it is run by river Voidomatis, many sports activities are organized there, such as rafting, canoe kayak and mountain climbing.

Vikos Gorge

vikos gorge

Other large gorges in the mainland of Greece are Loussios Gorge and Vouraikos Gorge in Peloponnese, Olympus Gorge and Seli Gorge in Macedonia.

Loussios Gorge

lousios gorge

Vouraikos Gorge

vouraikos gorge

Gorges of Crete island The place with the largest number of gorges is Crete island . In fact, the island of Crete has more than 250 small or large gorges. Some are crossed by rivers some are totally inaccessible, while others are crossed by motor roads.

The largest canyon in Crete is Samaria Gorge that needs about 6 to 7 hours to cross it from one side to the other. Other large gorges in Crete are the Gorge of Ha, the Gorge of the Dead, Preveli Gorge, Aradena Gorge which is the highest bungee jumping site in Greece, Myli Gorge, Kourtaliotiko Gorge and many others.

Samaria Gorge

samaria gorge

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