Tandem flights in Parnassos, flying over Arahova, Delphi, Itea, Galaxidi
Flying with a paraglide is a unique and unforgettable experience that makes us feel like birds.
It was the dream of the humanity and we’re meeting this dream in many myths as Ikarus and Dedalus, flying rags, magic brooms etc. Today is time to live this dream with an invention that takes you to the skies without the need of a machine and the noise that this produces.
Flying with this current rag is like you are becoming a part from the sky, feeling the air on your face, smelling the forests under your feet, traveling slowly close to the terrain watching the caves on step rock faces, covered sometimes with snow, flying next to birds looking for their food or just flying for fun, passing over mountain peaks, islands, ancient ruins, cities, and generally having an optical angle that no one else can have but the birds. Today you can fulfill the dream of humanity and to make this dream come true.
It is possible for anyone to fly with a paraglide without the need of learning how to fly. This can happen with a two site paraglide that an experienced pilot can take you safely to the skies with him. So is possible to spend some time of your day to get this indescribable experience and to continue your vacation for the rest of the day or with another activity.
Flying over different places gives you different feelings.
If flying with a paraglide is so nice by it self, imagine how much more will be if you are flying over or beside a special scenery as high mountains, high vertical rock faces, ancient ruins and paths, caves, forests, lakes, sea shores and islands, or just two meter in front of beautiful cities.
That is why flying in the famous area of Parnassos and its surroundings, makes the experience much better!! There are several take offs in the region that offer different views and pictures.
Here is list from some of them:
Flying over Arahova
To the east is possible to go more than 2000m high and to have the opportunity to fly next to terrain with vertical rock faces and scenery that reminds strongly the dolomites in Italian Alps, plus to experience astonishing views from the south part of Parnassos mountain and Korinthiakos golf at the same time.
To the west you will pass over rock crests with caves, before meeting the famous Delphi ancient ruins. You will fly over them having the magical view of the gulf of Itea before your eyes, at all times.
Flying over Itea
You will be able to enjoy views over the beaches of that beautiful area, and the tiny islands of the Itea’s golf in turquoise color sea waters. A flight that makes you feel like Jonathan the seagull.
Flying over Galaxidi
You will enjoy the view from Galaxidi’s gulf with the tiny islands ahead and the traditional picturesque Galaxidi itself.
Flying from Amfissa
You will be able to fly over the unique, ancient and bigger olive tree grove in Greece with the sea on the end of your view.
Flying over Ag.Efthimia village in the east Giona
You will have the chance to fly high altitudes and big distances for a long unforgettable safari of thermal clouds allowing you to travel north-south the mountain range, experiencing perfect views of high peaks, the lake of Mornos to the west and the gulf of Itea to the south at the same time!
Cross country flight courses
The region of Parnassos and Giona mountain ranges in municipality of Fokida, with their 2500 height, are ideal for cross country flying and they have proved it in all the previous years with amazing flights that have make the Greek paragliding community to envy them and have attract many pilots from all over Greece to come here for repeating them.
The Fokida region has a great potential of cross country flying by giving you the chance to take off early and fly a lot or having time to enjoy the sea or do other things the rest of the day, to go fast and easily to the base, which is more than usually 2700-3500 m high, making easily big and multiple distances, flying even in the winter time with good thermals, with many different take offs that facing different directions of wind, that make very rare not to fly and with the extraordinary possibility that you can finish your flying day landing next to a beach and swim just like if you were flying in a island, but with possibilities you meet only on an inland.
With all these under the belt, the region is a flying paradise that combines different flying routes, along with your vacations by the beach or skiing and flying the rest of the day in winter time.
So pilots who want to fly their first long flights, will be advised and helped to make their dreams come true in a region that will give them more than great flights. For example, spending some time by a beautiful beach the rest of the day, looking to the mountains they have just flew or visiting the Delphi archaeological site that they have just flew over minutes ago.
The pilots that will choose to make cross county courses they have to know that Ioannis Xiros who runs the courses is paragliding since 1994, is two times Greek champion for 2012 and 2013 and many times League cup winner. He is a member of the Greek national team from 2008 and the author of the only Greek book for learning to fly with a paraglide.
He is flying the region for many years and has “open” many different flying routes in the region.
It happens very frequently that people who flew a tandem flight to want more than this and to become pilots too. So if this comes to your willingness after a tandem flight it will be our pleasure to teach you how to fly safely yourself.
The training schedule it depends on everyone’s character and talent and of course from the weather. Safety is our priority and we offer excellent condition and latest technology equipment for the students.
The training will lead to a pilot that will see his dream to come true and will feel the happiness of wining the gravity and this will appear in his smiling face at the end of the training course.
You definitely need to experience this in all these areas of Fokida Greece.
— Article provided by Ioannis Xiros. Contact the organizers through: +30 6942063154 , or through their contact data below.