Palaiokarya site

Palaiokarya site

Typical sights of the settlements of Palaiokarya in Thessaly, in a beautiful landscape surrounded by lush flora, are the double waterfalls of Paleokaria with the single-arched stone bridge dating from the 16th century and jutting out into a rocky narrow, 500m from Kato Palaiokarya. The water comes from the small river Palaiokaritis, which flows through the ravine of Palaiokarya, which is also known as Gropa: two dams built during the 1970s, the lower one in front and the higher one behind the bridge, created the two artificial small-scale waterfalls, giving a distinct and special color to the location.

In a magnificent and awe-inspiring sight, the waterfall rushes its waters from a height of 12 meters. A short distance away is the smaller 2-meter-high waterfall. The waterfalls are located near the homonymous village at an altitude of 730m, in the Portaikos Valley, and are only 35 km from the town of Trikala and 11 km from Pyli. Access is quite easy via a short and passable dirt road that starts from the main country road.

The Palaiokaritis River, which flows in this area with its dense riparian forest and remarkable fauna, originates from the neck of the gorge at an altitude of 1700m and ends in the Portaikos River. Compared to rivers of other canyons, Palaiokaritis maintains its waters all year round. The traditional water mill (drystela) of Palaiokarya, the magnificent forest of Katuna, the imposing peaks of Gropa (a stone-built path connects it to Upper Paleokarya) and Karava are additional points of attraction for visitors.


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