Winter is a time to rest from summer holidays and prepare our next traveling. However, short excursions are welcome to get away from daily life, remove our stress and recover energies. Which place is better in wintertime than a region rich in natural beauty, somewhere between the mountains and the river, maybe somewhere close to the lovely town of Nafpaktos, western Greece?
At the entrance of a small village about 16 km from Nafpaktos, Hani Bania, there is a centre of outdoor activities, Rafting House. Set right next to Evinos River and with gorgeous view to the surrounding mountainside, this centre offers various extreme sports, including rafting, kayak, wall climbing, rappel, horse riding, trekking and archery, among others.
The centre is run by Mr Giorgos Kaltsis, who belonged for 6 years to the Greek National Team Canoe-Kayak. Along with his brothers, Dimitris and Marios, they have won 7 consecutive National Cups and Championships. Giorgos Kaltsis talked to Greeka.com about the creation of Rafting House and explains how important it is for people today to occupy with sports.
"Outdoor activities are great to get away from stress of daily life, particularly for people who live in large cities. You watch the beauty of nature and relax, you meet interesting people and get to know yourself better. Also, many people have noticed that through open activities, they figure out solutions to their problems easier and more effectively", said Mr Kaltsis.
When was Rafting House created?
It was created in September 2009 and it was born out of our love for nature and extreme sports. My brothers and I have been working as rafting and kayak trainers since 2004.
Which activities do you suggest for beginners in extreme sports?
I would say rafting in Evinos, this amazing river that runs the region, wall climbing, archery, rappel and mountain bike. These activities do not require special fitness and our instructors are extremely well-trained to help our visitors.
Your region is great for trekking. Which trekking paths would you suggest?
The best trekking paths in our region are: the path from Sfikeika that starts from the mountain and ends at the river and the path from Neromylos along the banks of the river.