Greece offers incredible views of mountains, slopes, and intriguing stories to anyone who visits. A place that is more than a common story is the gorge of Charos (in Greek means “Death”) in Grammos. It impresses and astonishes with its appearance, and tells a story of a civil war among its wild beauty.
The gorge of Haros, a sight that amazes and astounds you
At 1650 meters high, the massive gorge of Haros consists of stunning vertical rocks that tower over the remains of Old Kotili in Kastoria. Its name may sound scary, but it is a magnificent and unique natural wonder with 300-meter-high rocks that make you gasp. Below them, you can admire the lush forest of pine and beech trees that reach the edge of the village.
The name of the gorge of Haros has two possible origins. One is that it comes from a perilously narrow path that linked Old and New Kotili and became slippery in winter, causing people to fall into the abyss. The other is that it relates to the horrific events of the Greek Civil War (1946-1949) that took place there. Both of these stories have associated this gorge with death and given it the name of Haros.
Near Old Kotili, under the cliffs in Livadia, there is the National Reconciliation Park, which serves as an entrance to Grammos. There, visitors can learn about the history and nature of the region, as well as enjoy tours, accommodations, and dining facilities
Grammos has amazing sights and corners that inspire awe. Besides the gorge of Haros, there are also wild and unreachable waterfalls at nearly 2,500 meters high. It is a spooky view that is hard to find.