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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Or you can simply stop and stare at one of the four cliff-top observatories, absorbing the profound silence that reverberates through the canyon.

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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.