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DIAKOPTO SIGHTSEEING

In Diacopto   one day can be filled with quality. A stroll around the picturesque harbor village on foot or by bike, will definitely relax you . You can fish or enjoy your coffee in the traditional coffee shops that surrounds it. Fresh fish and ouzo, trademark of Diakopto will surely be found daily.

Definitely, you  will stop at one of the small churches along the beach not only to light a candle, but also to admire the unique architecture and the white color that blends in perfectly with the blue sea.

It is advisable , in every walk you take, to have your swimwear because a beach is always found in front of you a beach that will provoke you to take a swim! An ideal destination for young people and families, this site offers literally everything! Playgrounds and bike paths, outdoor theater by groups of young people will fill your kids smile and experience!

 



The new beach-bars in the area are famous throughout Greece for their unique events and quality.

 

Unique feature of the village, is  the variety of things one has to do regardless of the age of the individual.

 

Especially during  summer, the colors of the sky and the sea play magical games, making  Diakopto one of the most picturesque villages of Greece.

 
BEACHES

  The area is famous for its amazing beaches. Indicative some of the beaches are:

- The beach Diakofto

is  a quiet beach with azure waters and fine pebbles on the shore. Tranquility is for your dive, fishing and relaxing you.


- The beach Egali

is the most famous beach, organized with fine sand and a large coastline. The biggest beachbars  in Greece  are combining swimming and water sports with great attendance and  fun.

- The Elaionas  Beach

In just a few kilometers from Diakopto (Diakofto) is Elaionas , a beautiful touristic destination with one of the most beautiful beaches in the municipality. The beach has sand and pebbles and the sea is very clean.

The resort has a large number of restaurants and bars right on the seafront.

The beach is fully organized with a playground on the beach for the little ones, and a beach-volley tennis for older visitors. Next to the stadium there is a large parking lot, just to save the hassle of parking.

- The beach of Punta Blue Flag

The beach of  Trapeza is known Punta, a Blue Flag beach, proof of the purity of the beach. Punta is a large pebble beach with  natural beauty, crystal clear waters and always calm and easy access.

-The beach Platanos
this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. The natural beauty there is not an island! Green landscape with clear blue waters! Organized, with easy access and plenty of world. You just have to visit!

- The beach of Rodia

Another beautiful beach near Diakopto is Rodia! The pebble beach is characterized by family and mainly attracts families seeking tranquility. Shops are around to suit your needs!

- The beach Akoli

is another picturesque beach, always calm and alive. Visitors are mostly young and older. Many shops and ouzo will satisfy your thirst and your hunger with delicious dishes!

- The beach Krioneri

Great beach with trees and natural shade, easy access, quiet with nice people and small pebbles. Ideal to spend your whole day!

- The beach Nikolaika
 
AKRATA
1. Holy Trinity Monastery
Post-Byzantine monastery in a prime location on the outskirts of Akratas.Ktistike in 1715 AD The church of the monastery is open plan with a dome-preserved murals. The monastery owns many valuable relics, reliquaries and icons. Many of the cells of the monastery is built on ancient ruins.

2. The Church of St. Charalambos Cathedral Akratas religious monument is unique for the area. Last attempts are made to his appointment as a monument and its maintenance, since time is always deleterious.

In the area there are many churches, for which reference is made in the presentation of the Local Communities of Unity Primary Akrata.

 

3. Helmos - Lake Tsivlou - Forest Zarouchla

Halfway to Zarouchla (from the edges) and on the right, will antikrisete a unique spectacle, Lake Tsivlou.

Wooded slopes complement the landscape and scenery reminiscent Canada.

Small lake, with huge branches to emerge from its surface, creates awe and thoughts of monsters and dragons that move beneath the calm waters.

Mountain bike or four-wheel drive, then around the lake (there perimeter). The picnic is imposed (at organized sites), but attention to the cleanliness of the area.

Follow the river valley and visit Krathis forest Mesorrougi - Zarouchla. In the village of Pigeon, do not forget to taste the famous trout in the area. From Pigeon starts the new road (14 km), which arrives in Kalavrita Ski Center. The area is ideal for walking and visiting historical landmarks such as Fountain of Gkolfos (where the famous movie was filmed) and the Water of Styx arising from the Aroania Mountains (Helmos). Waterfalls, streams, towers erected, Byzantine churches compose a single sentence.

The village is Zarouchla base for the Ancient Feneos. There is a lovely (earth) path through the trees that connects Corinth with Achaia. The four-necessary.

(Those who do not have four-engine can be contacted by Trekking Hellas: www.trekking.gr organized one-day jeep safari Chelmos).

All Nonakridas villages are picturesque and inviting.

Agia Varvara waiting in the square beneath the cool tree, where you can visit the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Valimi is the village with the highest altitude (do not forget to visit the square).

Zarouchla taverns, local products (honey, oregano, etc.) and the green forest.

In Pigeon old plane trees shade the welcoming square.

Visitors always welcome.

 
JOURNEY

Walking through the neighborhoods of our region ...

 The area offers great pleasure to the visitor who decides to get to know the neighborhoods. With its natural beauty provides the opportunity for excursions to very many small settlements.
Starting one's ¨ ¨ ride from the village of Akrata, will see the first Sylivainiotika. The beautiful village extends on either side of the main road that connects the beach to the extreme and definitely has a lot to give to the visitor. The neat well-built houses, courtyards with flowers and small gardens welcome the visitor who walks the streets of the village. More and elder or someone old woman has to tell a story from the old Sylivaina, the village that disappeared in the early centuries of the landslide of the mountain or the famous Varvaritiki art of stone masons. From Lookout visitor admires the sunrise over the coastal zone (beach Sylivainiotikon), the delta Krathis, commercial traffic and highway Patras-Corinth.
 
Going to Krathio with the market is full of life and movement all months of the year and peaking in the summer and it looks beautiful two-story buildings and luxury multifamily housing vacationers. A modern town welcomes visitors by giving them almost everything from accommodation, fine dining, entertainment, shopping and rachati to the pebbly beach.
 
In Porovitsat,  in the beauty of the valley with olive trees, and the loquat trees, the smell of flowers and the cool breeze coming down the gorge of the river. Residents with a smile always willing to serve the visitor. Among the serpentine streets emerge well built houses, holiday homes in mild shade of the tall trees that grow beside the River Krathis.
 
Through a piney path, the visitor is led to the former municipality Krathidos. The dreamy bay beach of Platanias the neatness and order of the residents is evident at every step. The various cultural events of the vibrant club ¨ ¨ KRATHIO enchants the visitor will certainly honor with his presence. Besides the folk museum housed in the former village primary school, will awaken memories and images from other seasons marked by tradition.
 
Going to the Upper Platano visitor leaves behind the scent of the sea and allowed to caress the traditionally built village. Sees the majesty of the Corinthian Gulf from the huge square, an open embrace on the balcony of the village. In a beautiful amphitheater built village with narrow streets, cobbled alleys fragrant basil in pots women of the village, one discovers another era. The Ai Andreas austere and chaste embrace stuck in the age-old traditional houses that surround him, the fountains and Community laundry that sometimes capturing the heartbeats of girls and the Ascension with the wooden iconostasis is karydenio attitudes necessary. The building of the cultural center ¨ ¨ Pegasus ended a century of cultural action dominantly lord at the head of the square. Traditional tavernas and cafes are there waiting to serve willingly visitor.
 
In the village of the municipality, the cane, visitors will encounter a village built on the slopes of Mt. The residents, most of which deal with modern crops (olives, grapes, summer fruit, etc.) and have turned to sweat in the aforesmeno plain "blessed land" would find time to guide the visitor the beauty of their village : The Visitation, which dominates the center of the village and marks the joys and sorrows of the people, the Renaissance ¨ ¨ cultural building of a busy club and the stone elementary school's courtyard hosts festivals and events. Just outside Reed, the deserted village (Covered) with the foundations of an ancient temple recently discovered, will reward the visitor antiquity.
 
Going down the road to the end, visitors will encounter the Voutsimo, a quiet hamlet within the olive trees. A coffee in the square and in the unique village cafe will cool the visitor is lucky if it can be heard from their elders a couple verses from the Santa Clause singing carols once the whole village. Singers and singing sakatzides gathered them donated their householders: "... the Lord gave us three graces of wisdom wealth with virtue and hospitality."
 
The grand canyon Peristeriona encounters as it traverses the Krathis. The wild landscape, facing steep cliffs within walking distance from imerefoun invigorating descent of water and low-flying rare birds. Stop calms the soul of the viewer. Artwork created with great attention to Nature with chisel time.
 
Taking the road right-Akratas Zarouchla, visitors will encounter the Tower. In this settlement the Ai-Giorgis has the first word and honor of the festival and Easter. The few houses sited on the back of the green mountain awaits to rest in a peaceful nature.
 
The journey would be incomplete if the visitor does not come into contact with the unique beauty of a vine Balkouvinas. Left from Akrata extended summer sunny winter village with farms, vineyards, olive groves to. The wide streets and perfect layout of the settlement resulting in new homes and in the church Saint Constantine and Helen, have a lot to give to the visitor. Just above and villas perched on homemade KORAKIANA gaze plateau Akratas the left and the area Aigeiras the ancient theater on the right. From here, the view and the low-flying hawks breathtaking.
 
Through a green route, last stop visitor is sure to be the settlement Gkoumeika with rich archaeological finds (Grasidotopi region). On the ridge of the hill that dominates most of the coastal zone, sunny homes offer breathtaking views of the resort unfolds from there.
 
¨ ¨ The ride in the hinterland of Municipal Unity Akratas somewhere over. But one thing is certain. The visitor has a lot more to see. The Ovens with the first homes Akratinon, the Kosteika, the Lithopetra, Upper Porovitsa with large yew, the Paliostafida the Drymonari, Kryoneri the capsules, the rivers, and the Corinthian Xothianika balcony corners is that they have to give the visitor. The reward will be the contact with the traditional color, a shade with a cool spring and maybe a sycamore.
 (Text: Anastasia Efstathiou).
 
 
Archaeological Museum
This architectural monument in 1890, the work of the famous architect Ernst Ziller, which originally housed the municipal market of Aegio.
The Museum of Aegio develops in the eastern side of the large building of the old market, where there are six rooms and contains finds dating from the Neolithic period to the Late Roman period.
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Folklore Museum
It is housed in the mansion of Anastasio London and founded in 1994 by the Historical Folklore Society Aigialeia.
The very rich history and folklore material exposed to 9 conference covers a long period (from Turkish to date) of history and tradition (weapons, uniforms, paintings, agricultural tools, embroidery, etc.) of Aigialeia.
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Ecclesiastical Museum
The Ecclesiastical Museum is part of a grand architectural building complex, which coexist harmoniously Metropolitan Hall and the Chapel of the Diocese.
Construction work began in 1982 by the Metropolitan Ambrose - who also conceived the idea of founding - and delivered in use in 1987. Hosts interesting exhibits, including one unaltered Temple of the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas vour Aegialia about 100 images, many manuscripts, sacred vessels, vestments, bedspreads, embroidered Epitaph, old stamps, etc. Lead seal
Address: Meletopoulos and Aigialeos,
Phone: 26910.61251, 26910.21777

 
LOCAL HISTORY FILE
The archives are kept about 280 records, of which 28 come from private collections. The most important is the file of Andreas Londos (1827-1844). The archives are also kept books, photographs, newspapers, etc.
Address: 14 Stratonos and P. Mela
Phone: 26910.21293

Stairs Filopoimenos

  Along the railway line and the beach at the height of station visitors encounter the famous stairs of Artis.
  Is 172 stone steps that were made in 1901 with both width and a road connecting the lower city with the upper and the historic center.

 

 
Tall Square Alonia.
 The best place for visitors to enjoy the magnificent view of the Corinthian Gulf, is the central square High Alonia. One of the nicest balconies Corinthian Square High Aloni, together with the adjoining park, beautiful pond and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier compose one of the most beautiful and famous spots in the city. .
A square full of flowers and greenery. From the high Alonia the visitor sees an extended horizon, hugging the mountains. Special place in the square holds the Municipal building cafeteria. It is an imposing tower (Venetian), which surrounded by palm trees, dominates the center is the 'hallmark' of the town of Aegio and gives a special beauty to the city.
 

Tree of Pausanias and 12 taps

  Historian is the Tree, which indicates the renowned archaeologist and excavator of Troy and Mycenae, the Q Schliemann in his book Peloponnese and Troy ', located in a prominent position.
  It is also known as Tree of Pausanias because of the reference to the ancient browser 12 taps, sources close it.
 
  The wetland of Salt Lake, is a small but among the most notable of Greece (region NATURA) located in the NE

 

 

History of Zachlorou

Zachlorou is a charming traditional village, built at an altitude of 640 meters, within a separate Vouraikos Canyon. Located 12 km from Kalavryta, midway toothed Diakofto-Kalavryta.

The name came from the Zachlorou Slavic “Zagkloro” which means “behind the mountains”.

Zachlorou built during the Ottoman hunted by locals who came from the villages of Epirus in the Peloponnese. The inhabitants amount to about 112 mainly occupied with agriculture and animal husbandry.

From the train station starts Zachlorous path that connects Zahlorou the Great Cave. The trail was used in the old days, where the road to the Great Cave did not exist. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

The village is surrounded by the largest forest in the prefecture of Achaia, pine, chestnut, fir and offers visitors tranquility and serenity.

In Zachlorou are meticulously hostels, hotels, rooms to stay and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious local dishes.

 

History of Kalavrita

One of the most impressive regions of Achaia is covered by the mountain of Helmos. The beautiful and picturesque town of Kalavrita is built at an altitude of 750 meters at the foot of Helmos, and is 77km. From Patras and 190km. from Athens. The area is a tourist destination for thousands of visitors both winter and summer.

The arrival Kalavrita reminds the visitor that the trip to the beauty and the story continues. The idyllic natural environment and the diversity of vegetation blend with the traditional settlements and the history of Kalavrita.

In ancient times, the position of Kalavryta Kynetha was the city destroyed by the Aetolians and rebuilt on Roman Empire by Emperor Hadrian. In the early 13th century it passed into the hands of the Franks and the fortress whose ruins dominate far above the town of Kalavryta is the most important medieval castles in the Peloponnese. The castle has been connected with family Palaeologus.

Kalavrita played a leading role in the beginning of the Greek Revolution against the Turks, in March 1821. The Monastery of Agia Lavra, on 21/03/1821, the Old Patron Germanos declared the revolution, raising the sacred banner, which survives to this day and is of the most valuable national treasures.

During the Second World War, the German conquerors came to Kalavryta and the events that took place marked Kalavryta. On 13/12/1943 the Nazi troops executed all the male population aged 14 or over and completely burned the city. Living monument to the tragic events is the “Place of Sacrifice” in Kapi hill, and the elementary school that houses the Museum of the Holocaust.

Today Kalavrita a tourist resort all year round because of their privileged position and rare natural beauty. In the area, you can visit unique attractions historical, archaeological and religious monuments, traditional settlements and villages, culminating in the great beauty that nature embraces her.

 

Vouraikos Canyon

The gorge of Vouraikos is one of the most beautiful sights of our country. The special feature of the gorge is the little train that runs from end to end. The rack offers its passengers a magical journey with majestic rugged beauty, towering cliffs and waterfalls continuing at the narrowest point of the journey called “Doors” where the train goes through a tunnel.

Beside the train tracks a path is marked with symbols of European path E4 used by Greek and foreign hikers. The path to the download takes about 6 hours to upload and about 7 to 8 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Odontotos Rack Railway

The Odontotos Rack Railway Diakopto – Kalavryta and memorable ride through the canyon unsurpassed beauty Vouraikos are one of the most beautiful monuments of our country and has been described as the most spectacular railway line in the Balkans.

The construction of the cog railway decided on Trikoupian governance within the grand plan for the railway connection of all Greece. The project was finished in 1895 and inaugurated the following year with the participation of the then king. The first machine was steam and water towers were each stop for replenishing water.

Diakopto from Kalavryta is 22 km and the journey takes an hour. The slope of the line does not allow the use of a conventional train, so between the rails a gear shaft that allows the operation of a mechanism to raise the train from sea level to Kalavrita having an altitude of 750 meters. The lines have a width of 0.75 meters and is smaller in width lines in Europe. The rack offers its passengers a magical journey with lush landscapes, towering cliffs and waterfalls synechizontasi the narrowest point of the journey called “Doors” where the train goes through a tunnel.

Beside the train tracks a path previously chrisimopoiousan the local inhabitants, today is marked with the symbols of the European Path E4 and used by Greek and foreign hikers. The path to the download takes about 6 hours to upload and about 7 to 8 hours.

 

Monastery of Agia Lavra

The historic monastery of Agia Lavra is located 5 km from Kalavryta, founded in the 10th century by a hermit. Burnt down by the Turks in 1585 and 1827 and by the Germans in 1943. Later it was rebuilt in its present location and form.

In 1821 he became the center of national revolution against the Turks with the unfurling of banners and the inauguration of the fighters from the Old Patron Germanos.

The most precious treasure located in the monastery is the banner of the inauguration of the fighters of 1821, ie the first flag of the Greek nation, the Epitaph of 1754 embroidered in Smyrna, the image of St. George embroidered in Istanbul from Kokona the clock, donated by Gospel Russian Empress Catherine II the Great, the embroidered vestments of Veterans Patron Germanos medaillons, carved wooden crosses and shrines of saints.

Also, among the relics is the skull of Saint Alexios, patron saint martyred town of Kalavryta, which is celebrated on March 17. There are also the skull of St. Philaret the Merciful, Saint Panteleimon, Holy Friday, the Saints Anargiri etc.

Moreover, very important are 3,000 publications within the library of the monastery of which the oldest dates from 1502.

 

Aristarchus telescope

In NERAIDOHORI on top of Mount Helmos at 2,340 m altitude has installed the new telescope “Aristarchus”, one of the largest and most important in Europe with 2.3 m diameter mirror.

 Waters of Styx

The Waters of Styx are the imposing, rocky Neraidorahi terms of Helmos and altitude 2.100m. An impressive waterfall formed by the water fall of about 200 m and flow into the river Krathi. The ancient Greeks believed that the waters of the Styx guarded Hades and terrorizing gods and mortals swear lies.

 

Site of Sacrifice

The Site of Sacrifice of Kalavrita is a special monument of the city. It is located at the hill of Kapi, 500m away from the city center.

There, in 13th of December 1943, the entire male population (14 years old and under) of Kalavrita executed by Germans. Today, at the hill of Kapi it is a stone sculpture that dominates the pained mother and a great Cross, which reminds us this heinous crime.

 

 

The Kalavrita Holocaust Municipal Museum

The Kalavrita Holocaust Municipal Museum has been declared a historical monument as inextricably linked with the terrible tragedy of 13 December 1943.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monument of The Heroes of The Revolution of 1821

The Monument of The Heroes of The Revolution of 1821 located north of the Monastery of Agia Lavra. The Heroes of the Revolution of 1821, which sacrificed for the freedom of the Greek nation from the Turkish yoke, is the most magnificent monument of the nation. Each year the National Day events start at the Memorial, where memorial is celebrated in memory of the glorious heroes. To Historic Monastery of Agia Lavra is located 5 km southwest of the town of Kalavryta, founded in the 10th century by a hermit. Burnt down by the Turks in 1585 and 1827 and by the Germans in 1943. In 1821 he became the center of national revolution against the Turks with the unfurling of banners and the inauguration of the fighters from the Palaion Patron Germanos.Later rebuilt to its present location and format.

 

The Monastery of Mega Spilaio

The monastery is situated 10km away from the town of Kalavrita, in a striking landscape the entrance to a natural cave at an altitude of 924 meters.

The monastery was founded at this location in 362 A.D. by two brothers, Symeon and Theodore, because an icon of the Virgin Mary was found deep inside the cave where there’s also stream. The icon was discovered by a shepherd girl and was created by Apostle Luke from mastic and wax.

The walls of the church in the monastery are covered with frescoes from 1653. Also stored there and manuscripts Gospels and vestments.

 Mansion Palailoginas

The Mansion Palailoginas is a typical building of the 15th century and is located in Kalavryta on the road St. Alexiou. It has been restored to its original form and transports the visitor to the glorious era of the Palaiologos family while working as a cultural venue for meetings, conferences, workshops etc.

 Church of Plataniotissa

The Shrine of Our Plataniotissa located 30 kilometers from the town of Kalavryta, Kalavrita the road – Aigio via paddles.

The church of Plataniotissa has formed in the hollow of a huge plane, which originated from three trees that grew together, and over the years came together and created a remarkable masterpiece of nature. The plane has a height of 25 meters around the perimeter of the base of 16 meters in the middle of 12.65 meters and has a capacity of 20 people.

The temple is celebrated on September 8.

 

Cave of the Lakes

Particular mention should be made of the “Cave of the Lakes“, which is a rare creation of nature and one can hardly meet peers. Located near the village of Kastro, on the main road Patras-Kalavrita-Kleitorias-Tripoli, and is about 17km. from Kalavryta, 9km from Klitoria and 60 km from Tripoli.

The cave has a labyrinth of corridors, mysterious tunnels and special drip formations successive graded in three levels and ponds make this one of its kind in the world. The crossing of the lakes by small man-made bridges. On the lower floor of the cave fossils were found, human and animals including hippopotamus.

In winter snows melt and the cave becomes a subterranean river with natural waterfalls. During the summer months a portion of dried up revealing indented stone basins and dams of up to 4 meters. The rest of the cave retains water permanently in thirteen lakes. The developed length of the cave, which is open to visitors, is 500.

 

 

Kalavrita Ski Center

The Ski Center is 14 km. from the town of Kalavryta, it is very well organized and receives 100,000 visitors every year and most of them are young and all levels of skiers.

The ski center has ample space for parking, first aid station, two chalets, ski rental (with much experience in the field) and two ski schools.

Of particular interest is the large wooden Finnish chalet of 1,200 sq.m. Located next to the parking lot and has a fast food shop and a fully equipped cafeteria.

It also features a multi-purpose building, 700 sq.m. in place Deep Lakka, with canteen, public areas to serve skiers, restrooms and parking for snow track sleepers. The streets are scoured of snow 24 hour three snowblowers, while five snow track sleepers take every night to prepare the faithful.

The ski resort has a total of seven lifts: one triple overhead, a five-seater air and sliding. The ski center has a total length of 20 km and include all levels of difficulty.

 

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