the yefiri issue
Vikos Gorge, Greece's Grand Canyon
The Vikos–Aoös National Park in Epirus is a good place to start. At its heart is the Vikos Gorge, a 20km stretch of hairpin trails teetering above plunging cliffs and snaking along the banks of the Voidomatis river.
This is ideal terrain for hikers, birders and outdoor adventurers. Adrenaline junkies can go river rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, and rappelling — or dip into icy rock pools, if you dare.
Nature lovers can spot hundreds of rare wildflowers (almost one third of Greece’s flora grow here), eagles and hawks, maybe even a jackal, otter, chamois, or brown bear.
Or you can simply stop and stare at one of the four cliff-top observatories, absorbing the profound silence that reverberates through the canyon.
You can walk the whole gorge in a week, staying at different guesthouses along the route. Your luggage will be waiting for you when you arrive, together with freshly baked pies and restorative raki, a fiery Greek eau-de-vie.