We are in the middle of the summer season in Greece, and this summer the temperatures are very high even for Greece. Having daily temperatures above 40 C, there are not many outdoor activities that we can enjoy, but we can certainly enjoy a lovely and easy hike to the breathtaking waterfall of Balta di Stringa.
liochori is one of the Zagori villages in northwest Greece. It is located in the municipal unit of Tymfi in the northern part of the regional unit of Ioannina. According to a local legend, the village was founded as Rasciana, on the river of the same name. However, that site was abandoned because of a lack of drinking water, and the inhabitants scattered to found Iliochori and the nearby town of Laista (ancient Lisinitza). Iliochori was traditionally an agricultural village, with husbandry and cultivation of barley and vetch being among its primary areas of economic activity. Viticulture was also prominent, and the village produced a wine, Dobrovino, that gave it its original name. Caravans leaving from Iliochori carried products from the region to the Balkans for trade.
Iliochori Village – Aghios Athanasios Chapel
Balta di Stringa is located east of the village, at an altitude of about 780 m. Τo get there, you have to follow the well signed trail to Laista. The route starts from the central square of the village, is relatively easy and well-signed, and family friendly. It crosses and area of lush vegetation, and on the way to the waterfalls you will find the stone bridge of Petsos.
The path is well organised by the local community and up to the Aghios Athanasios Chapel, is mainly an easy downhill.
Aghios Athanasios – Balta di Stringa Waterfall
Having reached Aghios Athanasios, one can have a short break for some water and then to continue with the downhill. On this point we are about in the half of the entire route, but from that point an on, and depending how much water the waterfall brings we can start hearing the splashing sounds of the cold water.
The water from the large waterfall forms a pond with crystal clear water, which flows downhill to form a second, smaller waterfall. A unique and rejuvenating experience awaits those who are brave enough to delve into the icy waters.
Between them and in the rocks, natural swimming pools are formed by the rapid and icy waters of Kryopotamos river.
Details of the Hike:
- Location: Iliochori Village
- Starting Point:Iliochori Village
- Ending Point: Balta di Stringa
- Trail Signs: Signed path
- Maximum Elevation: 981 m.
- Minimum Elevation: 775 m
- Total Distance: 1 km (and 2 km roundtrip)
- Hiking time: 30 min (with easy pace – including the breaks)
- Difficulty: Easy
- When to Hike: Any time of the year
- Water Features: two
Bellow you can see the route we have followed on a map and on 3D:
Should you wish to see more nice hikes in the area, feel free to check out the following links:
- Konitsa – Moni Stomiou – Sadi Migas
- Sadi Migas – Karteros Pass – Astraka Refuge
- Astraka Refuge – Davalista – Konitsa
- Kapesovo – Mezaria Gorge – Vikos Canyon – Mikro Papingo
- Thru-Hike Part 2 – ASTRAKA REFUGE – ASTRAKA PEAK
- Thru-Hike Part 3 – Dragon Lake (Drakolimni)
- Thru-Hike Part 4 – GAMILA – STOMA – MEGAS LAKOS -TSEPELOVO – KAPESOVO
- Hiking in Zarogi – Villages and Stone Bridges – Greece
Below: This map marks all the mountaineering adventures that have been featured on Olympus Mountaineering so far, including several Sport climbing crags – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.