The Pineios rivel also known as the Salamvrias or Salavrias is a river in Thessaly, Central Greece. It flows from the Pindus mountains through the Thessalian plain, creates impressive meanders, crosses the Valley of Tempi and empties into the Aegean Sea, northeast of the Vale of Tempe, near Stomio where it creates a large delta. It is well known for its beauty and for many animal species, protected by international environmental treaties. Its source is near the village Malakasi, on the eastern slope of the Pindus main range, east of Metsovo. Meteora and the city of Larissa lie along the Pineios. Its major tributaries are: the stream of Malakassiótiko, the stream of Mourgkánis and the rivers of Portaikós, Lithaíos, Pámissos, Enipeas and Titarisios.
It is the third longest river and it ranks high among the most important wetlands in Greece as there are riverside forests, rich fauna and extensive dunes in the river’s Delta. It is part of the NATURA network and it has been rated as a ‘Landscape of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Homer refers to the river as “argyrodinis”, meaning “the river with the silver swirls”, in an attempt to describe its winding beauty. According to Myth, the river was formed by the tears shed by Mts. Pindos and Ligkos as they mourned their lost love; it was the place chosen by the Nymphs as their abode.
Pineios is great for canoeing and kayaking, especially if you’re a beginner or have small kids, as water flow is calm along most of the way. Rafting in Pineios is a special and unique experience as the river flows in one of the most beautiful and important monumental regions of the ancient Greece. During our route you find big old plane trees (over 100 years old) and you can spot a wide variety of birds (heron, grey heron, flamingo, great cormorant). It is an easy 1st and 2nd degree rafting tour, close to Mt. Olympus.