NATURAL POOLS OF GREECE
Pisina – Ano Koufonisi
Pisina beach is said to be one of the amusements that Neptune once provided for the entertainment of Nereides, his sea wives. A natural swimming pool awaits you in the eastern part of the island. Walking along the cliff path towards the east, past Platia Pounda beach and before you get to Pori beach, about halfway, you will find a large rock pool, big enough for several people to swim in. Make sure to get there before evening so you can admire the perfect turquoise water. Tip: do not forget to jump in several times!
Giola – Thassos
The lagoon, located near the village of Astris, is often called as the most natural swimming pool. Indeed, it is a unique water reservoir, which provides a pleasant swimming experience. Probably, you have already heard about the island of Thassos: the mythological Syrens, who have attracted sailors with their beautiful singing, have resided there.
But since the pool is separated from the sea with a rock wall, the water in the lagoon is much warmer, making it really pleasant to dive in.
Rogovou’s Ovires – Ioannina
In Ioannina, between small and big Papigo, two of the most famous villages in Zagorochoria, you can find yourself wandering around Rogovou’s Ovires, the natural pools of Epirus. Ovires are small lakes formed up to big stones where the stream of Rogovo ends. This stream might has created over the years a magnificent landscape that magnetize the visitors every season. In winter the water freezes, while during summer time it composes a sense of freshness for many locals.
Vathres – Samothraki
There are hundreds of streams and rivulets gushing from mountain Saos, which make grooves that run along the sides of its compact, arcuate mountain. These water-courses flow down the mountain in a radial shape, feeding in their way streams and canyons with strange names: Fonias, Gria Vathra, Kremastos, Gyalia and more. Meanwhile, they form beautiful waterfalls in a stepwise array, which flows along a green background as well as the famous “vathres”, the natural pools formed in the rocks with crystal, deep-green waters.