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The Fairy of Mythical Chelmos

Historical Monasteries and Picturesque Villages, Snowy Mountain Slopes and Rough Dirt Roads Reserved for Explorers

Always in the constant dilemma between the snowy slopes of Chelmos and Parnassos. Nestling on the forested slopes of Chelmos, Kalavryta is filled with millions of images. Carved into rock, the monastery of Mega Spileo with its impressive frescoes will make you think you are might fall into chaos while the glorious cave of the lakes resembles a setting from a science fiction movie; labyrinthine paths, eerie tunnels and thirteen lakes that become an underground river with natural waterfalls when the snow melts. The 22 kilometer funicular line of Diakofto travels you through imposing caves and flowing waterfalls that alternate with rich vegetation and the great mountainous nature; nature in all its grandeur! Drowned in fir trees, the national park of Chelmos is filled with sign-posted trails just for the exploration aficionados. Historical monasteries and charming villages, snowy slopes filled with skiers and rough dirt roads for courageous explorers, craggy ravines and verdant fir forests for tireless walkers! Chelmos, the most imposing mountain of Peloponnese, promises unforgettable experiences. From its rugged hills, the landscapes dramatically transform from the azure waters of the Corinthian Gulf to the foaming waters of Vouraikos and the imperious fir trees. Lovely and picturesque Kalavryta, notoriously known for its spectacular train journey and its astonishing snowy slopes, will hypnotize you with its mysteries. One of the most breathtaking railway journeys in the world combined with striking natural beauty sceneries compose the outstanding images of Kalavryta; from ancient monasteries and underground cave lakes to flowing rivers, snowy mountains and verdant vegetation, Kalavryta has it all! The disembarkation in the picturesque stone train-station of Kalavryta will travel you in another,bygone era; the central road unfolds the mysteries of this utopia through a maze for cobblestone alleys decorated with red-tiled roof houses. Kalavryta will definitely enchant you with its beauty and its simplicity. A dreamy setting with charming squares, cobblestone alleys and stone houses salutes the romantic souls! The snow-white costume of Chelmos with the abundant fir forest creates a magical setting up until the red-tiled roofs of the Kalavritan houses that spread over the western slopes of the mountain. Blessed with the finest of nature, Kalavryta is the haven of skiers. Even if skiing and snowboarding are not your favorite hobbies, Kalavryta has it for you! Forgotten by time, charming Zahlorou will enchant your with its gurgling springs and its verdant vegetation while the picturesqueness of Agia Varvara and its stone mansions and its cobblestone alleys made from the famous builders of the villages will make your fall in love again and again. Ano and Kato Lousi, two tiny villages, will travel you to a bygone era, serene Zarouchla serves as the ideal base for natural explorations and verdurous Planitero with its dense plane forest will guide you to mythical Peloponnese. Undoubtedly, Kalavryta’s melodiousness is concealed behind the craggy slopes of Chelmos; dreamier than you ever have dreamed about! Are you ready to dive into the mysticity of Kalavryta?

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The Cave of the Lakes

The Cave of the Lakes is one of the most beautiful caves of Achaea located seventeen kilometers away from Kalavryta. The cave distinguishes for its multicolor chamber and its impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations along with its thirteen cascading lakes that form three different levels within its mouth. The cave of the lakes has been explored until its 1.980 meters. The artificial tunnel that leads to the second floor is absolutely phantasmagorical.

The Forest of Strofilia

The Forest of Strofilia is the biggest pine forest of Greece extending over an area of 22 square kilometers. It is a spectacular natural reserve that separates the lake of Prokopios from the Ionian Sea with a think strip of pine trees that belongs to the European Network of Natura 2000 and it is protected under the Ramsar Convention. The forested area of Strofilia and the adjacent lagoon of Kotyhi has created an amazing mosaic of natural habitats. Through time, the sand dunes of the coast have been sculptured from the waves and the sea currents forming the lake of Prokopios, the lagoon of Kotyhi dominated from the forest of Strofilia. Strofilia Forest is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Greece ideal for natural explorations.

The Gorge of Vouraikos

The Gorge of Vouraikos is located between the west side of Mount Chelmos and the east side of Mount Erymanthos. It is a 40 kilometers long river that forms the deep and impressive gorge of Vouraikos. Mythology has it that Hercules was in love with Voura who lived in the sea; so, he opened this passage to reach the sea and finally meet her! Vouraikos Gorge starts three kilometers away from Kato Zarochlou village extending between Kalavryta and Diakofto. Through the gorge, there are numerous forests, streams and waterfalls ideal for natural explorations. However, one can also drive alongside its steep cliffs on the Diakofto – Kalavryta road or take the funicular train, one of the most spectacular rides in Europe.

The Monastery of Agia Lavra

The Monastery of Agia Lavra is one of the most important monasteries of Kalavryta. The monastery of Agia Lavra was founded from the monk Eugene Askitis firstly constructed in 961 BC. Nestling an altitude of 960 meters, the monastery consists from an imposing cluster of buildings with panoramic views to the river valley of Vouraikos. The tiny chapel where the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans was declared is located the right side of the court. It is worth mentioning that the monastery has been rebuilt three times, as it was completely burned from Turkish leader Ibrahim Pasha in 1585 and it was destroyed from the fires of the Nazi troops in 1943. The current form of the monastery was built with donations of pilgrims and the support of the state. Within the premises of the monastery, one can admire several historical items including the first Greek flag and the flag of the revolution that was raised to declare the Greek War of Independence on March of 1821. On March 25, the Monastery of Agia Lavra celebrates the Greek Independence from the Turks with reenactments of the gathering of the Greek leaders and the raising of the flag of the revolution.

The Ski Center of Kalavryta

The Ski Center of Kalavryta is the second largest ski center of Greece located at the foothills of Chelmos Mountain. The ski center consists from 12 downhill ski slopes with a total length of 20 kilometers in the locations of Xerokambos and Neiradorahi. The ski center has also a snowboard park and ski runs for snowmobiles. It offers modern facilities, 8 lifts and 13 slaloms of all categories. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.340 meters. Kalavryta Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. For adventure lovers, the black and red runs of Styga, Eno and Nefeli, challenge even the most expert skiers with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Planitero, Zarochlou and Kalavryta are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of April.

The Village of Planitero

The Village of Planitero is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Chelmos Mountains. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Achaea, Planitero distinguishes for its verdurous vegetation and its flowing streams. The springs of Aroanios River is one of the most attractive locations of the wider area whose sources are famous for its delicious trouts fishery. Hiking enthusiasts can follow the European Trail E4 starting from the springs of the river up until the mountain of Gamila. Other places worth visiting include the Cave of the Lakes for its unrivaled natural beauty. Planitero is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

The Village of Zarouchla

The Village of Zarouchla is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Chelmos. Drowned in fir and chestnut trees, this charming settlement is one of the most beautiful villages of Achaea distinguished for its picturesqueness with its stone houses and its cobblestone alleys. The wider area of Zarouchla is offered for mountain biking enthusiasts and off road driving aficionados. For those you love hiking, a network of paths and trail has been planned around Helmos Mountain. Other places ideal for excursions include the Lake of Tsivlou for its natural beauty; it is an alpine lake surrounded from the verdant slopes of Chelmos Mountain that will certainly amaze you with its enchanting scenery. The more adventurous can follow the route to the Waterfalls of Stynx, a mythological spot of great importance located at an altitude of 2.195 meters.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Ancient Leontio was one of the ancient cities of Achaea. Ancient Leontio was founded from the Ionians and was a member of the Ionic Dodecapolis; the Achaean League was established with the intention of promoting the best interest of the region. Leontio was one of the most important cities of the Ionic Dodecapolis due to its strategic geographical importance that was destroyed from Macedonian Philip E’ in the late 3rd century BC. Archaeological excavations have brought to light important findings including ancient walls, Mycenaean tombs and an ancient theatre from the 4th century BC. Ancient Leontio is accessible from the main asphalt road Kalavryta to Patra.

The Archaeological Site of Ano Lousi is one the most well known cities of Arcadia that used to control the entire area of Epano Kambos. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Archaeological Institute of Austria has carried out systematic excavations that have brought to light the city’s agora and the Doric temple of Artemis. As a large area of the ancient city maintains its ancient structure, the entire area has been declared as an archaeological site. Ano Lousi is found near the village of Lousi, else known as Soudena.

The Archaeological Site of Ancient Psofis was one of the most powerful cities of Achaea. Ancient Psofis was founded from Erymanthos of the Pelasgians. The ancient city used to have an ancient theatre along with temples dedicated to Aphrodite and Zeus along with other public buildings. Archaeological excavations brought to light the walls and the pillars of the ancient city together with statues, inscriptions and remnants of the theatre. Ancient Psofis is accessible from the village of Tripotama.

The Archaeological Site of Ancient Klitor was one of the most powerful ancient cities of Achaea. It was founded from the Pelasgians and it was the first city-state that minted its own coins. Ancient Klitor, like other Arcadian cities, was built on a plain surrounded from strong protective walls. Archaeological excavations have brought to light a substantial part of the fortifications of the city and parts of the ancient theatre. Ancient Klitor can be found three kilometers away from the current town of Klitoria.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Orias is the medieval castle of Kalavryta. Nestling upon a rocky mountain, the castle was built at an altitude of 1.100 meters above the sea level from the Frankish family de Tournay (1208) who used to govern the entire area of Kalavryta. Its name, which means the castle of the beautiful lady, is owed to Aikaterini Paleologos who leaped to death off the castle in order no to be captured from the Ottomans in 1463. Today, the castle has not been preserved in good condition. It is worth noting that the Greeks shot the first cannon that pointed the beginning of the Greece Revolution against the Ottoman in March of 1821.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Panagia Plataniotissa is one of the most beautiful churches of Achaea located thirty kilometers away from Kalavryta. The church was formed in the cavity of three huge plane trees creating a remarkable masterpiece of nature. An imprint of the icon of Panagia Vrefokratousa brought from the monks of Mega Spileo Monastery is imprinted on the wood of one of the trees. The church celebrates in honor of the saint of September 8.

The Monastery of Agia Lavra is one of the most important monasteries of Kalavryta. The monastery of Agia Lavra was founded from the monk Eugene Askitis firstly constructed in 961 BC. Nestling an altitude of 960 meters, the monastery consists from an imposing cluster of buildings with panoramic views to the river valley of Vouraikos. The tiny chapel where the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans was declared is located the right side of the court. It is worth mentioning that the monastery has been rebuilt three times, as it was completely burned from Turkish leader Ibrahim Pasha in 1585 and it was destroyed from the fires of the Nazi troops in 1943. The current form of the monastery was built with donations of pilgrims and the support of the state. Within the premises of the monastery, one can admire several historical items including the first Greek flag and the flag of the revolution that was raised to declare the Greek War of Independence on March of 1821. On March 25, the Monastery of Agia Lavra celebrates the Greek Independence from the Turks with reenactments of the gathering of the Greek leaders and the raising of the flag of the revolution.

The Monastery of Mega Spileo is the oldest Greek Christian Orthodox monastery located in the wider area of Zahlorou village. The monastery is built on the slopes of a steep rocky hill at an altitude of 924 meters with panoramic views to the Achaean countryside. The monastery was originally built from brothers Symeon and Theodore in 362 AD, when a shepherd girl found an icon of the Virgin Mary inside the cave. In 840 AD, Mega Spileo was burnt down from the religious group of iconomachs while its was reconstructed from Emperor Andronicus Paleologos in 1285. However, the monastery suffered from many fires that destroyed its precious manuscripts and the major fire from the Nazi German troops who killed the monks and its staff of the monastery after the massacre in Kalavryta. Today, Mega Spileo Monastery distinguishes for its fortified architecture and its distinctive monk cells that were constructed around a cave. The main church of the monastery hosts remarkable frescoes and mosaic floors while the monastery also hosts a museum with remarkable exhibits. On August 15, the monastery celebrates in honor of Virgin Mary.

The Monastery of Panagia Makellaria is located close to the village of Lapanagi. The monastery was founded from General Vellisarios Justinian in 532 AD. Panagia Makellaria Monastery distinguishes for its imposing byzantine church with its imposing wood-carved screen that is considered to an authentic Byzantine art masterpiece. The monastery was known as the monastery of Panagia Lithostrotiotissa, which means the Virgin Mary of the stones, which was renamed to Panagia Makellaria from the word makelio (destruction) as the Ottomans burnt down the monastery in 1458. The monastery hosts some valuable exhibits including the holy icon of Virgin Mary along with a variety of weapons from the fighters of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

Monuments

The Hill of Kapi is the place of the sacrifice of the Kalavrytians located just outside the town. It was there that 800 innocent men were killed from the German troops during the Second World War. A huge cross stands imposingly on the hill of Kapi along with a sculpture of a mother in pain.

The Mansion of Palaiologina is one of the most important cultural monuments of Kalavryta. The mansion was constructed from Thomas Paleologos when the famous franc fortress of Geoffrey de Tournay was destroyed in 1440. At the same time, Konstantinos Paleologos donated the palace to prince Catherine Paleologos. Although the town of Kalavryta was ravaged from the Germans, the mansion has managed to maintain especially after the kind donation of Vasilis Tsaparas, the last owner, to the municipality of Kalavryta. Palaiologina Mansions is a listed historical monument of the Ministry of Culture.

The Tower of Lehouritis is an exemplary architectural masterpiece that was constructed between 1740 and 1760. The tower experienced great glories as it hosted great figures of the 1821 Greek Revolution and the Turkish commander of Kalavryta as prisoner. Lehouritis Tower was also visited from King Otto and Queen Amalia, the first king and queen of Greece, in 1840 in order to honor Captain George Lehouritis. It is worth mentioning that the tower used to have an underground passage to the current house of Sakellaropoulos. The tower was renovated entirely and it currently operates as the historical and folklore museum of Kalavryta.

The Tower of Petimezi is one of the oldest and best preserved tower houses of the Peloponnese located in the village of Kato Lousi. The tower has managed to preserve its original architecture with subsequent amendments. Today, Petimezi Tower has been designated a historical monument.

The Tower of Zaemis is located in the village of Kerpini. The tower belongs to Andreas Zaemis who was initiated to the Society of Friends, the most important secret association whose purpose was to overthrow the Ottoman domination of Greece and establish an independent Greek state, and actively participated in the preparation of the Greek revolution. Today, the tower of Zaemis is deserted.

The Vines of Pausanias is one of the most important natural monuments of the area located in the village of Pagrati. The vines of Pausanias are huge logs from vine that spread over the oak tress in the churchyard of Agios Nikolaos. The vine was named from the famous historian Pausanias who used to visit the area and mentioned a curious phenomenon of a vine in his writings.

Museums

The Municipal Museum of the Kalavritian Holocaust was established from the eminent Greek benefactor known as Andreas Singros. This building is inextricably linked to the tragic events that took place on December 13 of 1943. It was here that the local people of Kalavryta experiences and suffered from the brutality of the German Nazi troops.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of the Lakes is one of the most beautiful caves of Achaea located seventeen kilometers away from Kalavryta. The cave distinguishes for its multicolor chamber and its impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations along with its thirteen cascading lakes that form three different levels within its mouth. The cave of the lakes has been explored until its 1.980 meters. The artificial tunnel that leads to the second floor is absolutely phantasmagorical.

The Forest of Strofilia is the biggest pine forest of Greece extending over an area of 22 square kilometers. It is a spectacular natural reserve that separates the lake of Prokopios from the Ionian Sea with a think strip of pine trees that belongs to the European Network of Natura 2000 and it is protected under the Ramsar Convention. The forested area of Strofilia and the adjacent lagoon of Kotyhi has created an amazing mosaic of natural habitats. Through time, the sand dunes of the coast have been sculptured from the waves and the sea currents forming the lake of Prokopios, the lagoon of Kotyhi dominated from the forest of Strofilia. Strofilia Forest is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Greece ideal for natural explorations.

The Forest of Zarouchla is one of the biggest forests of Achaea extending over an area of 20 thousands acres on the outskirts of Zarouchla village. Dominated from chestnut, fir and plane trees, the forest of Zarouchla is an ideal place for natural explorations. Mountain biking aficionados and off road lovers will definitely fall in love with the forest of Zarouchla.

The Gorge of Vouraikos is located between the west side of Mount Chelmos and the east side of Mount Erymanthos. It is a 40 kilometers long river that forms the deep and impressive gorge of Vouraikos. Mythology has it that Hercules was in love with Voura who lived in the sea; so, he opened this passage to reach the sea and finally meet her! Vouraikos Gorge starts three kilometers away from Kato Zarochlou village extending between Kalavryta and Diakofto. Through the gorge, there are numerous forests, streams and waterfalls ideal for natural explorations. However, one can also drive alongside its steep cliffs on the Diakofto – Kalavryta road or take the funicular train, one of the most spectacular rides in Europe.

The Lake of Tsivlou is one of the most beautiful natural habitats of Achaea. Nestling at an altitude of 800 meters, Tsivlou is an alpine lake surrounded from the verdant slopes of Chelmos Mountain. The lake was created as a result of a massive landslide of the frequent earthquakes of the area in 1913 and today the depth of the lake measures eighty meters. Tsivlou Lake will amaze you with its enchanting scenery, an ideal place for excursions.

The Mountain of Erymanthos is a mountain range located on the southern part of Achaea. With an elevation of 2.223 meters, Erymanthos is the fourth tallest mountain of the Peloponnese peninsula whose summit (Olenos) is found in the boundary of Achaea and Elis. Erymanthos Mountain distinguishes for its wild natural surrounding and its dense vegetation. The mountain is included in the protected area of the European Network of Natura 2000 for the preservation of the wild flora and fauna. The wonderful sceneries of Erymanthos change depending on the season, as snow covers its slopes in the winter and wildflowers fill its landscapes in the summer. A wide network of paths welcomes the travellers to explore the area. It is also worth noting that 31 Path, the trail that connects Patra to Ancient Olympia, passes from the mountain. The mountain is an ideal setting for climbing, hiking and mountaineering.

The Mountain of Chelmos, else known as Aroania, is the third highest mountain of the Peloponnese peninsula whose summit is found at an altitude of 2.355 meters. The mountain has been included in the protected areas of the European Network of Natura 2000 for the protection of its rich biotopes. Chelmos is the site of the Aristarchus Telescope, the telescope of the National Observatory of Athens, which is the largest telescope in the Balkans located on the hill of Neiradorahi. Chelmos also accommodates the Kalavryta Ski Center. The mountain attracts many visitors mainly for the Kalavryta Ski Center as well as for its magnificent climbing routes. Natural wonders worth visiting include the cave of the lakes for its impressive sceneries, the mountain village of Planitero for its verdurous vegetation and the mountain town of Kalavryta for its picturesqueness.

The National Park of Chelmos-Vouraikos is one of the ten national parks of Greece extending over an area of 544 thousands square meters. The park distinguishes for its unique biodiversity, as seventeen of the animal species that reside in the park are included in the list with the endangered species of Greece. The area has a mythological identity, as the famous waterfall of Chelmos was dedicated to Goddess Stynx, which was believed that its waters were reaching the kingdom of the dead. Numerous trekking trails offer amazing experiences for natural explorations. Another adventurous way to discover Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park is the funicular railway, one of the most spectacular rides, which will give you the opportunity to explore its unimaginable beauties.

The River of Ladonas is the main tributary of the Alpheus River located the center of Peloponnese. The river originates from Aroania Mountains and crosses the prefecture of Achaea flowing into Alpheus River in the prefecture of Arcadia. It is a calm river ideal for numerous adventurous activities including canoeing, kayaking and rafting. The lovely scenery of Ladonas is also ideal for hiking and trekking. One of the most beautiful natural wonders of the river is the dam of Ladonas that was constructed in the location Pidima (420 meters) in 1954. The dam created an artificial lake that has been declared as an ecological park due to its beautiful natural surroundings.

The River of Vouraikos is a river whose source is located in the Aroania Mountains close to the village of Priolithos. With a length of 40 kilometers, the river flows past the towns of Kalavryta and Diakofto into the Gulf of Corinth. Mythology has it that Hercules was in love with Voura who lived in the sea; so, he opened this passage to reach the sea and finally meet her. This is the Vouraikos Gorge where the river passes through dense vegetation and tunnels with many caves.

The Ski Center of Kalavryta is the second largest ski center of Greece located at the foothills of Chelmos Mountain. The ski center consists from 12 downhill ski slopes with a total length of 20 kilometers in the locations of Xerokambos and Neiradorahi. The ski center has also a snowboard park and ski runs for snowmobiles. It offers modern facilities, 8 lifts and 13 slaloms of all categories. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.340 meters. Kalavryta Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. For adventure lovers, the black and red runs of Styga, Eno and Nefeli, challenge even the most expert skiers with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Planitero, Zarochlou and Kalavryta are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of April.

The Springs of Aroanios River spring up at the foot of Chelmos Mountain and unite with Ladonas River. Huge plane trees and rich vegetation fortify its crystalline waters while watermills make the best of its power. The springs have special interests as the trout fishery at the village of Planitero.

The Waterfall of Stynx is one of the most beautiful wonders of Achaea prefecture. Distinguished for its wild beauty, the waterfall is located at an altitude of 2.100 meters accessible only by an enthralling hiking trail from the village of Peristera.

Promenades and Villages

Agia Varvara is a mountainous village located on the forested slopes of Mount Chelmos. Wrapped in the misty atmosphere of the mountains, Agia Varvara has an indescribable charm. Nestling at an altitude of 1.093 meters, the beautiful village has a picturesque atmosphere with its stone mansions and its cobblestone alleys surrounded from verdant vegetation and flowing streams. Agia Varvara is one of the most mountainous villages of the prefecture of Achaea. Its inhabitants are famous for their craftsmanship in building bridges and towers throughout the region; one of them is the beautiful bridge in the village of Plataniotissa. Agia Varvara is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. Other villages worth visiting include the villages of Messorougi, Peristera and Zarouchla.

Ano and Kato Lousi are two mountainous villages located on the forested of slopes of Aroania Mountains. Nestling at an altitude 1.15o meters, the charming settlements distinguish for their traditional spirit with their authentic atmosphere. The villages are two of the most mountainous villages of Achaea. Worth visiting sights include the archaeological site of Ancient Lousi for the temple of Artemis and the tower of Petimezi for its impressive fortified architecture. One of the most beautiful caves of Greece, the Cave of the Lakes, is found in a close proximity from Ano Lousi. The cave distinguishes for its multicolor chamber and its impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations along with its thirteen cascading lakes that form three different levels within its mouth. The cave of the lakes surely worth a visit! Stynx Waterfall, one of the most imposing wonders of Achaea that distinguishes for its wild beauty, is also found in a close distance from Ano and Kato Lousi. Lovers of hiking and mountain biking can follow the European Path Ε4, which reaches Kalavryta by passing through Diakofto village and the gorge of Vouraikos, while it is also worth visiting the village of Planitero for its verdurous vegetation and its flowing streams. Ano and Kato Lousi are an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Ano and Kato Vlasia are two small villages located on the mountain slopes of Erymanthos. It is certain that those villages will excite you with their wonderful location between the slopes of Mount Erymanthos. Among fir forests and dense vegetation, Ano and Kato Vlasia offer a unique view of stone houses and picturesque landscapes that are combined perfectly with the colours of the sky. The main monuments of the villages include the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos and the archaeological site of Ancient Leontio. The villages are an ideal destination in the winter months, as the wider area is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and off-road driving.

Aroania is a mountainous village located on the forested slopes of Aroania Mountains. Verdurous vegetation, stone fountains and stone mansion are the main characteristics of Aroania. Nestling at an altitude of 930 meters, this charming settlement is built at the foot of Mount Tartari. The central square of Aroania is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. It is worth mentioning that the inhabitants of Aroania are known for their unique hospitality and philoxenia. The surrounding sceneries of Aroania are ideal for hiking lovers, as they are full of fir, maple, oak and chestnut trees. Places worth visiting include the monastery of Agios Pavlos for its impressive architecture and its beautiful hagiographies, the village of Planitero for its verdurous vegetation and the River of Ladonas for its heavenly sceneries.

Dafni is a mountainous village located on the forested slopes of Mount Erymanthos. Nestling at an altitude of 630 meters, this charming village distinguishes for its picturesqueness and its natural sceneries. The central square of Dafni is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees, an ideal spot to enjoy panoramic views of the Achaean countryside. The main monuments of the area include the Monastery of Evangelistria for its imposing views and the dam of Ladonas River for its impressive landscapes. Dafni is a paradise for adventure lovers and sports enthusiasts as the wider area of Ladonas River is offered for various outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rafting. Other villages worth visiting include the village of Vessini, one of the most traditional villages of Achaea that has been declared as a preserved traditional settlement since 1978.

Kalavryta is a mountainous town located on the central part of Achaea prefecture. Wrapped from verdant forests and steep mountains, Kalavryta is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Greece. The main monuments of Kalavryta include the monastery of Agia Lavra, one of the most important monasteries of Achaea, the monastery of Mega Spileo, the oldest Greek Christian Orthodox monastery, the Cave of the Lakes, a network of underground lakes that distinguish for their beauty, the Gorge of Vouraikos that stands out for its numerous forests, streams and waterfalls that is crossed from the funicular train of Diakofto to Kalavryta, one of the most spectacular rides in Europe, and the Kalavryta Ski Center, the second largest ski center of the country. Other monuments worth visiting include the Place of the Sacrifice on the hill of Kapi and the Mansion of Palaiologina. Kalavryta can serve as a base for your explorations in the wider area of Achaea prefecture. Other villages worth visiting include the villages of Kerpini and Skepasto for its panoramic views to Kalavryta, the village of Souvardo for its verdurous vegetation and the village of Planitero for its verdurous vegetation.

Kalentzi is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Erymanthos. Nestling at an altitude of 950 meters, the charming settlement has a traditional character with stone houses and cobblestone squares offering panoramic views to the Achaean countryside. The main monuments of Kalentzi are the Folklore Museum of Kalentzi for its interesting folklore collection, and the Museum of Papandreou, the house of one of the most important political families of Greece, whose three of its members served as prime ministers of the country. Other places worth visiting include the monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos in Vasilikos and the waterfalls of Tertheas River in the villages of Alepohori and Spartia. Kalentzi is famous for its delicious cheeses, its fine honey and its wonderful wines. The surrounding area of Kalentzi is offered for hiking excursions and natural explorations.

Klitoria is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Chelmos. Built at an altitude of 550 meters of the verdurous valley of Aroanios, Klitoria is the commercial and cultural center of the wider area. Klitoria is famous for its delicious fir honey, its tasteful feta and mizithra cheeses as well as its handmade pasta. Places worth visiting include the village of Planitero for its verdurous vegetation with the springs of Aroanios River and the River of Ladonas for its beautiful sceneries. In the wider area, one can also visit the Cave of the Lakes, one of the most spectacular caves of the country. Mount Chelmos is offered for natural explorations and hiking excursions while ski aficionados can practice their swings at the Ski Center of Kalavryta. Klitoria is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxations away from the hustle and bustle of Kalavryta.

Korfes is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Chelmos. Nestling at an altitude of 865 meters, the charming settlement is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxations. Korfes, which actually means peaks, has many chapels offering spectacular views to the Achaean countryside. It is also worth visiting the village of Drosato for its impressive architecture.

Miha and Tsapournia are two tiny mountainous villages located on the slopes of Erymanthos Mount. Passing through a wonderful route with a dense fir forest, the villages distinguish for their unrivaled natural beauty that has been designated as a protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000 for the preservation of its wild flora and fauna. The wider area is ideal for climbing aficionados and hiking enthusiasts. It is worth noting that Miha village constitutes the one end of a delightful hiking route with a length of 19.8 kilometers that crosses Erymanthos Mount until the other end of the trail at Kalentzi village. Both villages are an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Peristera, else known as Sellas, is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Aroania Mountains. Nestling at an altitude of 1.073 meters, Peristera is one of the most mountainous villages of Achaea prefecture. One of the most beautiful natural monuments of Peristera is the springs of Krathis River, an area of unrivaled natural beauty surrounded from verdant vegetation. It is also worth visiting Tsivlou Lake, a wonderful natural habitat, found at an altitude of 800 meters. It is certain that Tsivlou Lake will amaze you with its enchanting scenery, an ideal place for excursions. Other villages worth visiting include the village of Zarouchla for its picturesque atmosphere and its authentic spirit.

Planitero is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Chelmos Mountains. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Achaea, Planitero distinguishes for its verdurous vegetation and its flowing streams. The springs of Aroanios River is one of the most attractive locations of the wider area whose sources are famous for its delicious trouts fishery. Hiking enthusiasts can follow the European Trail E4 starting from the springs of the river up until the mountain of Gamila. Other places worth visiting include the Cave of the Lakes for its unrivaled natural beauty. Planitero is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Priolithos is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Aroania Mountains. Surrounded from the mountain massifs of Achaea, this verdurous settlement distinguishes for its tranquil atmosphere and its serenity. It is worth noting that the hill of Agios Andreas offers panoramic views to the Achaean countryside. The surrounding area is offered for hiking excursions and natural explorations. Priolithos is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation.

Zachlorou, else known as Kato Zachlorou, is a mountainous village located on a mountain slope by the riverbanks of Vouraikos. Hidden amidst the verdurous vegetation of Vouraikos Gorge, the charming settlement stands out for its picturesqueness with its stone houses and its cobblestone alleys while it has been characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Achaea. It is worth mentioning that the funicular train stops in Zachlorou. The scenery is breathtaking in this village, rich in vegetation with the sounds of the river creating the ultimate escape from everyday life. The greatness of natural wealth will definitely fascinates you from the colors created by nature; besides, Zachlorou is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. Worth visiting monuments of the wider area include the Monastery of Agia Lavra and the Monastery of Mega Spileo as well as the phantasmagoric Caves of the Lakes. Not to be missed is the hiking trail alongside the funicular in order to admire the almighty beauties of Vouraikos Gorge, where you will also find the Meteora of Zachlorou, an impressive complex of rocks. Lovers of adventure can also follow the hiking route from Zachlorou to the Monastery of Mega Spileo! Zachlorou is situated fifteen kilometers away from Kalavryta Ski Center.

Zarouchla is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Chelmos. Drowned in fir and chestnut trees, this charming settlement is one of the most beautiful villages of Achaea distinguished for its picturesqueness with its stone houses and its cobblestone alleys. The wider area of Zarouchla is offered for mountain biking enthusiasts and off road driving aficionados. For those you love hiking, a network of paths and trail has been planned around Helmos Mountain. Other places ideal for excursions include the Lake of Tsivlou for its natural beauty; it is an alpine lake surrounded from the verdant slopes of Chelmos Mountain that will certainly amaze you with its enchanting scenery. The more adventurous can follow the route to the Waterfalls of Stynx, a mythological spot of great importance located at an altitude of 2.195 meters.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Highest Peak of Panahaiko Mount, Pyrgos Palavou (1.928m) North Achaea

Spot: Mount Skolis, Portes Village, West Achaea

Spot: Village of Souvardo, Kalavryta Town, Central Achaea

Activities

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Achaea is quite remarkable. The prefecture of Achaea has a high ecological value, as it serves as major station and shelter for native and migratory birds. More specifically, Kotyhi-Strofilia Wetland is one of the most important wetlands of the Peloponnese peninsula extending over an area of 136 thousands acres. The landscape is dominated from the water lagoons of Araxos, Prokopos and Kotyhi and the marsh of Lamia bordering with the pine forest of Strofilia. One will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Marsh Sandpipers, Little Stints, Black0Winged Stilts, Kentish Plovers, Little Bitterns, Olive Tree Warblers, Rock Partridges, Common Rock Thrushes, Western Rock Nuthatches and Rock Buntings. Others locations ideal for bird watching include the mountainous areas of Chelmos of Erymanthos Mounts.

Climbing: The wild topography and rocky terrain of Achaea makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. The wider region of Patra is a natural treasure of limestone crags whose height ranges from 20 to 700 meters. Mount Varasova, one of the most thrilling rock-climbing destinations of Greece, offers the opportunity of a lifetime to both beginners and highly skilled rock climbing aficionados.

Hiking: Kalavryta hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. Undeniably, the most beautiful hiking route of Kalavryta is the trail of Vouraikos Gorge; it starts from Zachlorou village up to Diakofto covering a distance of 12 kilometers. It would be wise to be informed for the train routes in order not to have unexpected encounters in the very narrow passages and tunnels! Equally beautiful routes exist in the wider region including the route that starts from Kalavryta and leads to the verdurous village of Zachlorou; however, the trail from Zachlorou village to the Monastery of Mega Spileo is also quite spectacular! Another interesting route starts from the central square Peristera/Solos village; the route passes from the alpine lake of Tsivlou and leads to the imposing waterfalls of Stynx at an altitude of 2.100 meters Just for the lovers of adventure; from Lakkomata village, one can ascent to the highest peak (Olenos) of Erymanthos Mount through the region of Skala. It is an awe-aspiring route for experienced hikers. It is also worth mentioning that the European Path E4 passes through the wider region of Achaea; the route starts from Diakofto by the train rails in Vouraikos Gorge, near Tsivlou Lake. Upon arriving at the train station of Kalavryta, you will continue to Chelmos Mount bypassing Ano and Kato Lousi villages with its water streams and by following the dirt road you will reach Planitero village. Since you continue from Arbounas village to Tourlada, you will go right down to the valley of Aroanios. Leaving the village, the road on the west leads to Klitoria. Before the consecutive turns (near a chapel), you should turn south to the path that leads to Krinofyta; from the square of Krinofyta, you will climb up to Likouria.

Horse Riding: Kalavryta offers invigorating experiences for lovers of horse riding. The forest roads of Chelmos Mount climb up to the highest slopes of the mountain massif ensuring glorious views of absolute silence. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Kalavryta promises an unforgettable experience. You will find the horse riding center close to Kalavryta Ski Center.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Achaea is definitely an unforgettable experience. Although Ladonas River is considered to be one of the toughest rivers of the country, it is an ideal destination for kayaking beginners; in combination with its wild beauty sceneries, it is one of the most beautiful locations of Greece to practice kayak.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Kalavryta is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of Achaea. Dominated from the mountain massifs of Chelmos and Erymanthos, it is certain that you will be thrilled from the natural beauties of this prefecture. MTB aficionados will fall in love with the mountain biking path that was designed at Chelmos Mount. It is worth mentioning that the Downhill MTB Races are held every October. Another interesting route starts from Zarouchla village and leads to Patra through Diakofto. Other interesting excursions exist in the wider region around Ladonas River.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Chelmos and Erymanthos in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Kalavryta. Exclusively for 4×4 vehicles; starting from Zarouchla village, you will head towards the area of Riziana. There, you will follow the tough dirt road with glorious views to the Achaean countryside. After ten kilometers (Feneos village), the road becomes asphalted again. From Feneos, you can continue to the verdurous sceneries of Doxa Lake. Another quite interesting off road route starts from Zarouchla via Peristera village top Kalavryta Ski Center. Follow the asphalt road and the consecutive turns until you meet a dirt track running parallel to the asphalt road. When you reach the dirt track, make a U turn on it and follow its course; stay cautious because the dirt track becomes extremely narrow! Be informed of the weather conditions, as you should not follow this route in case of heavy rainfall or snowfall. One of the most popular off road routes starts from the town of Kalavryta towards the ski center of Kalavryta. Before the main road to the ski center, you will turn left into a parallel track where you will make a left in order to enter the dirt road. After five kilometers, you will find a spot with a breathtaking view! From there, you can continue to lake Tsivlou. Make sure you always check the maps before you get into your car!

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Achaea? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying sites of Achaea include Santameri where the championship takes place due to its favorable weather conditions, Panahaiko Mount with its altitudinal take off landing differences, Skiadas and Oblos which are favored for paragliding from May to October, Erymanthos and Kalavryta where the flights take off from the ski center and Gianniskari with its wonderful sea views. Discover more information from the Parachute Club of Patra.

Rafting: Due to the abundant number of rivers in the mainland, Greece is an ideal destination for those looking for a rafting adventure. Rafting in Greece is the best way to discover the most hidden treasures of the country while sailing past steep gorges and verdurous mountain slopes. Ladonas River, the main tributary of the Alpheus River, River is considered to be one of the toughest rivers of the country. In combination with its wild beauty sceneries, it is one of the most beautiful locations of Greece for rafting aficionados. It is a verdurous lowland route ideal for beginners that usually lasts one and a half hours depending on the water level.

Skiing: With one of the most mountainous terrains in Europe, Greece is an ideal destination for skiing in winter. The heart of the winter in Greece beats on the snowish mountaintops where ski lovers desire adventures. The Ski Center of Kalavryta is the second largest ski center of Greece located at the foothills of Chelmos Mountain. The ski center consists from 12 downhill ski slopes with a total length of 20 kilometers in the locations of Xerokambos and Neiradorahi. The ski center has also a snowboard park and ski runs for snowmobiles. It offers modern facilities, 8 lifts and 13 slaloms of all categories. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.340 meters. Kalavryta Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. For adventure lovers, the black and red runs of Styga, Eno and Nefeli, challenge even the most expert skiers with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Planitero, Zarochlou and Kalavryta are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of April.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners 

Ladonida: Cafeteria, Ladonas Lake

Montana Cafe: Coffee, Kalavryta

Nonakris: Coffee and pastries, Zarouchla

Sopoto: Cafeteria, Aroania

Valsamo: Coffee, Kalavryta

Gastronomic Delights

Horiatiki Taverna: Grill and Meat, Kalavryta

Katafygio: Greek Cuisine, Kalavryta

Maxairas: Greek Cuisine, Zarouchla

Mylos: Seafood, Tripotama

O Chelmos: Greek Cuisine, Peristera

Oneiro Zahlorou: Greek Cuisine, Zachlorou

Planitero: Greek Cuisine, Planitero

Spitiko: Greek Cuisine, Kalavryta

To Petrino: Greek Cuisine, Tsivlou Lake

Varvitsiotis: Greek Cuisine, Kalavryta

Cocktail Inspirations

Montana Cafe: Cocktails and Drinks, Kalavryta

Mood: Cocktails and Drinks, Kalavryta

Skiniko: Cocktails and Drinks, Kalavryta

Valsamo: Cocktails and Drinks, Kalavryta

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of Kalavryta include a wide variety of agricultural goods including cheeses, dairy products and pasta. The feta cheese of Kalavryta is considered to be one of the finest feta cheeses of Greece; Kalavryta produces numerous fine dairy products including butter, milk and yoghurt. Kalavryta is also famous for its delicious meat, its sausages with its different flavors and its local wine. Planitero village is famous for its delicious trout fishery.

The local specialties of Kalavryta include gioulbasi, a traditional dish made with meat, onions and peppers, boiled vergadi, a dish made with pasta, gardoubakia, a dish made with the intestines of lamb or kid wrapped together with other viscera, rabbit boiled in a hull, spitted piglet, cock in a red sauce, and feta cheese baked in the oven.

Events & Festivals

Every 17th of March, the memory of the patron saint of Kalavryta, Agios Alexios, is celebrated through its religious festival. On March 16, a watch-night is held in the monastery of Agia Lavra where the relics of the saint are kept today while there is a holy mass in the church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, the cathedral of Kalavryta, takes place in the morning of the following day.

Every May, the Mountaineering Association of Kalavryta organizes the nationwide tour of the Gorge of Vouraikos.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the monastery of Mega Spileo. It is one of the biggest ceremonies in the prefecture of Achaea.

Every October, the Downhill MTB Race takes place at the ski center of Kalavryta.

Every 13th of December, the Commemoration of the Massacre of Kalavryta from the Nazi troops takes place in Kalavryta. On the morning of that day, there is a holy mass in the cathedral of Kalavryta.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Hercules was in love with Voura who lived in the sea. While being trapped in Vouraikos River, he managed to open a passage to reach the sea and finally meet her. This is the spectacular Vouraikos Gorge! Another myth associated with the wider region of Achaea is the one with the Waterfall of Stynx, which was believed to be one of the gates of Hades, the god of the dead.

History

Archaeological excavations show that Kalavryta has been inhabited since 776 BC under the name Cynaetha, one of the city-states of Ancient Arcadia. Its inhabitants probably followed the faith of Christian Orthodoxy during the persecutions from the Corinthians, as evidenced from the icon of Virgin Many that was painted from Agios Loukas in the Mega Spileo that led to the establishment of the famous Monastery of Mega Spileo in 961 BC. In 1208, the castle of Kalavryta was constructed with a fortified architecture, which was considered as the capital of the Barony of Kalavryta. Kalavryta was occupied from the Franks until 1330, which time was liberated from the Byzantine Generals of Mystras. However, the Ottoman Empire captured Kalavryta in 1460 for a long period of time; although the Venetians managed to gain the control in 1687, Kalavryta was re-gained from the Turks in 1715. The local people of Kalavryta were among the first Greek to declared the Greek Revolution of 1821 when the flag of the revolt was raised at the monastery of Agia Lavra from bishop Germanos III of Paleon Patron. Nonetheless, the most historical event that marked the history of Kalavryta happened in the Second World War, known as the Holocaust of Kalavryta. 81 German soldiers were captured from Greek Partisans, four of which where killed near Kalavryta and the other were treated as prisoners of war. However, two of them survived the execution and raised alarm on December 8, 1943. Five days later, German Nazi troops ordered the execution of the residents of Kalavryta and the burnt down of the town followed from the burnt down of the monastery of Agia Lavra, birthplace of the Greek War of Independence. The holocaust of Kalavryta is considered to be one of the cruelest slaughters of the Second World War in Europe.

Travel & Transport

By Bus: KTEL Buses operate routes from the Kiffisos Station in the city of Athens to the town of Patra in Peloponnese via Kalavryta on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts three to four hours.

By Car (186 kilometers): In order to get to Kalavryta, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Corinth. Right after the Corinth Canal, you will have to follow the signs to the town of Patra. In the junction of Diakofto, follow the signs to Kalavryta. The journey usually lasts three hours.

By Train: Train routes operate daily from Diakofto to Kalavryta with the funicular railway.

Mysterious Greece Tips

Aristarchus Telescope Up to the Peak of the Fairies

One must definitely visit the Aristarchus Telescope of the National Observatory of Athens in the wider area of the ski center of Kalavryta! It is the largest telescope of the Balkans ideally located on the peak of Chelmos namely Neiradorahi! It is worth mentioning that the telescope was named in honor of the ancient Greek astronomer Aristarchus who was the first that conceived the theory of heliocentric system!

An Excursion to the Lake of Doxa

Just 22 kilometers from Kalavryta, Doxa Lake is definitely a must visit! Situated in Feneos of Corinthia, Doxa Lake is an artificial lake dominated from the mountain massifs of Achaea. The lake is distinguished for its unparalleled natural beauty ideal for those looking for a breath of fresh mountain air! The surrounding area of the lake is offered for hiking excursions and natural explorations while experienced divers can dive into the depths of the lake (8meters) to discover the remains of the sunken church of Agios Georgios.

August Moon at Aristarchus

In the full moon of August, the chalet of the ski center of Kalavryta organizes a gathering with free food, wine and music! The more adventurous, ascend uphill to Aristarchus where they bake corns while watching the largest moon of the year awaiting for the sunrise!

Diakofto – Kalavryta Funicular Railway: A Spectacular Ride

One of the most spectacular railway rides, Diakofto – Kalavryta Railway, awaits you for showcasing its almighty beauties! Located on the northern side of the Peloponnese peninsula, the railway is the narrowest rack railway of Europe running for 22 kilometers from Diakofto village through Vouraikos Gorge, the Monastery of Mega Spileo and Zachlorou village to the town of Kalavryta. Find more information from Odontotos Rack Railway Official Website.

Discover the Forest of Strofilia

An outstanding natural reserve between the Ionian Sea and the Peloponnese peninsula is ready for natural explorations. Strofilia Forest, the biggest pine forest of Greece, extends over an area of 22 square kilometers separating the lake of Prokopios from the Ionian Sea with a thin strip of pine trees that belongs to the European Network of Natura 2000 and it is protected under the Ramsar Convention. This spectacular ecosystem of great beauty is a perfect sample of the pristine face of the Greek nature! Walk along the forest trails through the pine trees up until the sand dunes. An ideal stop for bird watching lovers!

Driving Explorations

Grab your keys and start driving! It’s time for new explorations! (1) The driving route to the ski center of Kalavryta is particularly impressive, as it passes through the dense fire forest; in winter, snow complements a touch of impeccable beauty where a digital camera is a must-have! (2) From the parking station of the ski center, there is a wonderful, less known, route to the villages of Peristera, Messorougi and Zarouchla. The sole disadvantage of this route is the consecutive turns. Be alerted for snowfalls in the winter, as the road might have snow! (3) Kalavryta to Tripoli: The route promises endless kilometers of alpine landscapes appropriate for lovers of driving explorations. Surrounded from verdurous vegetation and flowing streams, this route will amaze you! (4) Worth spending time to the route from Kalavryta to Zachlorou, a village that seems forgotten in time! (5) If you are looking for verdurous sceneries, then head to Zarouchla, a village drowned in fir trees with beautiful stone mansions! The route from Zachlorou to Zarouchla is just wonderful! (6) Quite spectacular is also the route from Zarouchla to the lake of Feneos, as the route is drowned in verdurous sceneries!

E4 European Path from Diakofto to Kalavryta

Some say that walking the Diakofto to Kalavryta railway line is more fascinating than taking the train! The opportunity to linger at some of the most scenic landscapes and capture images of unimaginable beauty would definitely be an experience of a lifetime! The E4 European Path passes through this route, an ideal destination for hiking lovers!

Explore the Villages of Kloukinohoria

Drowned in dense vegetation, the villages of Kloukines are characteristic samples of the traditional architecture of the wider area where stone and wood are matched in unique harmony with the geometric blocks of the houses. Whichever you choose to explore, from Agia Varvara, Messorougi and Peristera to Solo and Zarouchla, you will feel blessed from the untamable beauty of the sceneries!

Events in the Snow

Have you ever imagined skiing under the shadows of the moon? Chalet 1750 organizes ski nights every Saturday!

Fairies & Myths in the Gorge of Vouraikos

Naturalist highlight of the region remains the idyllic gorge of Vouraikos! It is a 40 kilometers long river that forms the deep and impressive gorge of Vouraikos. Vouraikos Gorge starts three kilometers away from Kato Zarochlou village extending between Kalavryta and Diakofto. Through the gorge, there are numerous forests, streams and waterfalls ideal for natural explorations.

Find More Information from Mythical Peloponnese

If you want to find more information for the peninsula of Peloponnese, you should visit the wonderful website of Mythical Peloponnese!

From Kalavryta With Love

Before leaving Kalavryta, you have to buy a piece of the locally produced feta cheese of Kalavryta, one of the finest feta cheeses of Greece!

Honey & Tsipouro: Tasteful Delicacies

You have to taste the amazing tsipouromelo at the traditional taverns of Kalavryta! Sweet and strong, the most rustic winter cocktail is served everywhere around Kalavryta and promises to forget the pains in the calves from the morning downhill!

It’s Sunset Time

Pyrgos Palavou (1.928), the highest peak of Panahaiko Mount on the northern part of Achaea prefecture promises one of the most outstanding sunsets in Kalavryta!

Lesser Known Villages from the Weekenders

Nestling in the sweet slopes of Chelmos, the mountainous villages of Ladonas are some of the less known villages of Achaea that deserve your attention. From Dafni, Dimitra and Kontovazena to Aroania and Livartzi, all of these villages are blessed wit the finest of nature; flowing streams and stone bridges are offered for natural explorations in a pristine landscape of the Greek nature.

MTB Races at Mythical Chelmos

MTB aficionados will fall in love with the mountain biking path that was designed at Chelmos Mount. The Downhill MTB Races are held every October. Are you ready to accelerate your adrenaline levels?

Mysteries of the Cave of the Lakes

Wander around the mysterious chambers and the colorful galleries to admire the impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations of the Cave of the Lakes; enter the cave through the artificial tunnel that will lead you directly to the second floor, an awe-inspiring spectacle of nature! In the winter, the cave transforms into a subterranean river with natural waterfalls, as the snow melts, while parts of the cave dry up in the summer by revealing stone basins up to a height of four meters. The thirteen lakes of the cave will certainly take your breath away!

Observing Like An Olympian God

Wondering where you will admire the most beautiful views of the Achaean countryside? Grab a paper and start writing! The stone church of Agios Petros on the ridges of Afrodisio Mountain (1.350 meters), the archaeological site of Ancient Leontio, the village of Peristera and the place of the sacrifice of Kalavryta on the hill of Kapi and the monastery of Mega Spileo.

To The Path of The Monks

At the heart of the Vouraikos – Chelmos National Park, there is an excellent hiking trail connecting the monastery of Mega Spileo with the meadow area of Livadi Loukas surrounded from the mountain massifs of Chelmos Mount. The trail is known as kalogeraflako distinguishes for its important role during the revolt of the Greeks against the Ottoman rule!

Unique Experience for Skiing Enthusiasts

The downhill of the black ski pistes of Ino and Nefeli is a unique experience at an altitude of 2.340 meters!

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Achaean Countryside: Tartaris by Panoramio

Aristarchus Observatory: Harry Katzjaeger by Flickr

Aroanios River Spring Waters: Dimitris Gikas by Panoramio

Chelmos Old Refugee: Mahi Photography

Erymanthos Mountain: Theodore by Flickr

Gorge of Vouraikos: Phaethon by Panoramio

Kalavryta Ski Center: Dimitris Sagiakos by Flickr

Kalavryta Railway: George Dogoritis

Klitoria Town: Giorgos Marossis by Panoramio

Lake of Doxa: Alexis Vazeos by Flickr

Monastery of Mega Spileo: Peony71 by Flickr

Old Rack Railway: Dimitris Gikas by Panoramio

Olenos Ridge at Erymanthos Mountain: Giorgos Marossis by Trekearth

Planitero Village: Dimitris Kolokousis by Panoramio

Priolithos Village from Kandalos: Vasilis Anastopoulos by Panoramio

Pyrgos Palavou at Panahaiko Mount: Dimitrios Pettas by Panoramio

Vouraikos Gorge: Thanos Mavros by Panoramio

Waterfalls of Stynx: Vlassisd by Panoramio

Zarouchla Chestnut Forest: Styx Waters Blogspot

Zarouchla Village: Andreas Georgopoulos by 500px

Strofilia Forest: Vasilis. by Flickr