Neda is a 32 kilometers long river in the western Peloponnese. It's a natural boundary among the prefectures of Messenia and Ilia. The sources of Neda River are on the southern slope of Mount Lyceo. It flows through a beautiful gorge of barren rock and forests and empties into the Gulf of Kyparissia, a bay of the Ionian Sea, near the village of Zacharo. Along its course there are numerous of waterfalls forming stunning lakes with crystal clear water. The largest waterfall is near Figalleia and has a height of about 25 meters. The Neda river is one of the two rivers in Greece named after a female.
The easiest way to reach the waterfalls is through a narrow trail starting at an old stone bridge near the village of Platania. It only takes around 15 minutes to reach the first waterfall with a pool of unbelievably emerald water inviting for a swim. But it's not only this. There is another, even more picturesque waterfall further up as well as a charming little chapel of Panagia clinging to the cliffs. The path to the chapel starts just before the main waterfall. Walking the trail needs attention because it is narrow with slippery moss on the stones and with no guardrails. It is an amazing place to visit and swim on the natural swimming pools created by the numerous waterfalls of the area.
Neda Waterfalls is a very popular destination and attracts many visitors. The best time to visit the Neda waterfall is probably early summer or in September. Try to avoid visiting it during the peak tourist season.