Thessaly, Greece

Active Adventures in Thessaly, Greece

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Active Adventures in Thessaly, Greece

Thessaly, Greece

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Greece is famed for its beautiful beaches and blue seas, but if you are thinking of a holiday to this ancient country, don’t forget that there is also a wealthy of gorgeous, dramatic scenery, attractions and things to do in the interior of mainland Greece, where the crowds are not as big and the tourism is often more sustainable. Here are a few options for active adventure holidays in the region of Thessaly:

Rock Climbing in Meteora

Rock Climbing in Meteora

Rock Climbing in Meteora

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The weird sandstone rock pillars, spires and cliff faces of Meteora, with its precariously placed and picturesque monasteries, is the perfect place for rock-climbing. There are challenges here to suit beginners through to expert climbers, as well as many hiking routes nearby.

Walking near Pili or Paliokaria

Paliokaria

Paliokaria

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Pili is the perfect starting point for a number of varied and pleasing hikes. It is situated at the end of a gorge, in a region of stunning mountains and rivers. From here you can hike to Elati village, atop Koziakis Mountain. Alternatively, Paliokaria, further south, is a good base for gentle hikes for beginners, situated amid beautiful, thick plain trees.

Mountaineering on Koziakas Mountain

Koziakas Mountain

Koziakas Mountain

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For those who wish to take the hiking a bit further and do some serious mountaineering, Koziakas Mountain is on a number of hiking trails and long-distance mountain paths, including the E4 European path, which will provide challenges to even the most fit of mountain climbers.

Cycling around Trikala

Trikala

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The ancient city of Trikala (once Trikka) is the perfect place to cycle. There are many routes throughout the city and the surrounding area with many lovely views to see nearby.

Kayaking along the Aheloos and Aspropotamos rivers

Aspropotamos rivers

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From the three rivers area of Koziakas Mountain there are several possible routes that can be taken by kayak or canoe along the Aheloos and the Aspropotamos, through lush fir forests and under historic stone bridges, with plenty of fascinating sites to stop and visit along the way.

Skiing at Pertouli Ski Resort

Pertouli Ski Resort

Pertouli Ski Resort

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If you come to Koziakas Mountain during the winter then the ski season will be in full flow. Come here and enjoy the picturesque pistes that run down between the fir clad slopes of the mountainside.

Canyoning in the Pindos Canyon near Gardiki village 

Pindos Canyon

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This is just one of the many canyons in the region perfect for the sport. Look out for wolves, bears and other wildlife as you surge down stream between virgin beech and fir forests.

Horseback Riding around Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira

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Lake Plastira may be a man made lake but the nature all around it is not. One way to experience this peaceful area is to explore it on horse back, and walk through woods and on grassland around the lake.

Hang gliding or paragliding from Koufologos near Kryoneri 

paragliding

paragliding

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There are many peaks in this region, many of which are perfect for hang gliding or paragliding. Perhaps one of the best such experiences is offered at Koufologos, where the conditions are perfect and the views are divine.

Spelunking at Tsiata Magia Cave (Polithea Village), or  Arkoudotripa (near Elati Village)

Spelunking at Tsiata Magia Cave

Spelunking at Tsiata Magia Cave

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You could go for one of the caves which has been ‘prepared’ for tourists and is perfectly safe, but if you are an experienced caver, I am sure you will not be able to resist the practically unvisited caves which are found near some of the mountain villages. Ask locals for advice and directions and be sure to be careful as these caves may be dangerous.

These are just some of the many options for outdoors fun in Thessaly, mainland Greece.

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