Water of Styx
In the glorious Neraidorachi of Chelmos Mountain, at an altitude of 2,100 m, you can find the Water of Styx. A magical yet imposing landscape awaits you there, famed for its natural beauty since ancient times. A majestic waterfall forms there, falling towards a steep canyon from an altitude of 200 m and towards the Krathi River.
You may ascend to the Water of Styx from the Peristera (or Solos) villages. An uphill path begins there, and ends at Water of Styx at the Mavroneri waterfall. In order to climb the path we will need about 90 minutes in walking speed, as well as a local guide to help us through since portions of the path are somewhat confusing to pass through. However, the spectacle at the top is splendid, makes up for the effort taken to climb the path and offers a unique ecotourism experience!
The Water of Styx have been chronicled through history, theological and philosophical aspirations, such as the Mysteries of Elefsina. According to mythology, the Water of Styx flowed from a gigantic rock and were then lost in the bowels of Earth; the water was believed to possess extraordinary attributes and guarded day and night by sleepless dragons.
The Water of Styx have been referred by Homer, Hesiod, and Herodotus. A well-known mythical figure linked with the Water of Styx is the legendary hero Achilles. Once Achilles was born, his mother Thetis submerged him in the Water of Styx to render him immortal.