Friday, June 26, 2020

Kissos-Tympanos springs

Distance: 2,9 km
Time: 45 min.
Altitude: from 500 m. (Kissos square) to 536 m. (Tympanos)
Total elevation gain: 167 m. Total elevation loss: 108 m.
Signing: red paint on the path
Start: Kissos square
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     Α visit to the springs of Tympanos near Kissos is an absolute must, an unforgettable experience. Double waterfalls, water pond for an icy swim, huge rocks at the overgrown ravine, water coming from above, from the sides, from everywhere -a wild paradise, just 45 minutes from the square of Kissos.
Swimming in the ice cold water of the pond
Double waterfalls
         Starting from the drinking water fountain at Kissos square, we walk to the south on a generally downhill paved road, that later becomes unpaved. Just before we reach the streambed (where there is a large pond worthy of a visit), at the sharp left turn of the road we find an uphill path marked with red paint and follow it. A little higher up we meet an irrigation ditch and follow it uphill.
                      Near Tympanos, there are two short sections where we have to walk along the waterway with a drop beneath. With encouragement, everybody can do it, unless they suffer from severe acrophobia. Then we have to crawl for a few meters through a tunnel dug in the rock, along the waterway. In our experience, walking on the ditch and through he tunnel is much easier if we do it barefoot, taking our shoes off.
The tunnel dug in the rock
         After the tunnel there is a safety rope on the side. You`re likely to get your feet wet, so as we`ve said it pays either to take your shoes off, or carry a second pair.
        In spring, excessive water flow due to melting snow can render the passage quite difficult, so the best period for visit is in June. In August water flow is markedly diminished.