The Acheron flows through lush vegetation, reeds, huge plane trees, sea-pines, ferns, thick forests growing on its banks, small lakes and ponds forming along its course. And if this river could talk it would certainly have many, primordial, stories to tell…
Time stops short at Acheron, the river of sadness, the antechamber of the Underworld. In Greek mythology the river was closely linked to death as this is where Hermes used to carry the souls of the deceased across, to deliver them to Charon, the ferryman of Hades. In reality though Acheron is a source of life and regeneration as nature has bestowed upon it an abundance of rare vegetation.
As legend has it, there was an evil specter that lived in one of the springs near in Glyki; it used to poison the river-water making it deadly for the humans and animals of the area until Saint Donatos killed it exorcising the evil. The water immediately became sweet which is where the village Glyki (glykos in Greek means sweet) derives its name from. In the tiny, virgin village of Glyki you can enjoy a stroll through the plane forest on the river bank, visit the deserted Byzantine church that is today in ruins and cross the “Stairs of Tzavelena” –the path the villagers of Souli used during the Turkish occupation. It is a lovely itinerary and the view will reward even the most demanding visitor.
Apart from its legendary mythology, Acheron has a lot to offer its visitors regarding sporting activities. One can trek or ride a horse along the riverside, experience the excitement of rafting or kayak/canoe, a sport that, here, can be enjoyed equally by beginners as the difficulty level is such that no specialized knowledge is required. Finally, if you are feeling brave, you can swim in the river’s icy, but otherwise safe, waters.