The 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 is formed, 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 the Water of Styx at the Mavroneri waterfall. In order to climb the path you will need about 90 minutes in walking speed, as well as a local guide to help you through since portions of the path are somewhat confusing to pass through. However, the spectacle at the top is splendid, making up for the effort taken to climb the path and offering a unique ecotourism experience!
The Water of Styx has been chronicled in history,in theology and philosophy, an example being the well-known ‘Mysteries of Elefsina’. According to mythology, the Water of Styx flowed from a gigantic rock and was then lost in the bowels of the Earth; the water was believed to possess extraordinary attributes and was guarded by sleepless dragons day and night.
The Water of Styx has been referred by Homer, Hesiod, and Herodotus in their works. A well-known mythical figure linked to 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.