Having Lykoporia as a starting point, many surprises await the visitor. We have the opportunity to visit famous places.
Α. In Mycenae we have the opportunity to admire the Mycenaean era by visiting the ancient ruins. The two vaulted tombs of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, the famous Lion Gate and the Cyclopean Walls.
Β. Ancient Olympia.
C. In Delphi the center of the world, the bronze statue of Heniokhos, the Temple of Apollo and the stadium.
D. In Athens with the Acropolis, the museums, the night life and the nearby one-day getaways – excursions: Route A: Diakopto – Kalavrita – Kalavrita Ski center (during the winter period) – Agia Laura – Mega Spilaio – Spilaio Limnon (Cave of the lakes). The best way to admire the beauty of both mountain and sea is to follow the route of Diakopto – Kalavrita via the traditional rack railway through the gorge of Vouraikos where you will enjoy the experiences offered by the Kalavrita Ski center, you will discover the Caves of the Lakes through this wonderful route which leaves the visitor speechless with the beauty of nature at any time of the year. The train, without burdening the natural environment, goes up the high peaks. The trip takes about an hour and ends up at the memorial site of martyrdom in Kalavrita. Pilgrimage to the place of martyrdom while the memory of the holocaust remains alive until today. The monastery of Agia Lavra, the starting point of the Greek Revolution of 1821, is situated in Kalavrita. At a distance of ten kilometers northeast of Kalavrita, the Great Cave dominates, almost carved in the rock. Here the monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary rises in the opening of a large natural cave in Helmos, causing awe to the visitor. Miracle of Miracles! We will not omit to visit the Cave of the lakes. Interesting formations of stalactites and stalagmites in thirteen cascading lakes at three different levels. A wonder of nature!
An ideal starting point for excursions to Ancient Olympia and Delphi.
Ancient Corinth, where monuments of the classical and Roman era are preserved.
Acrocorinth. The oldest and the most important fortification of Peloponnese from ancient times since recent years. With a history that goes back centuries, it was the first fortification of the Corinthians around the 7th century. Later, the Macedonians of the Achaean Confederacy, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians, and the Turks, recognizing the strategic position of the castle at the entrance of Peloponnese through Central Greece, redeveloped and completed the ancient fortification, increasing the defensive capacity of the castle.
Akrata-Lake Tsivlou – Water of Styx – Zarouchla
In Zarouchla. The Tower of Asimaki Fotilla
Half way from Akrata to Zarouchla route, on our right, appears the beautiful, green lake of Tsivlos which was created after a landslide in the mountains of Achaia, inside the fir tree forest in the mountain massif of Helmos. On its banks you can go hiking, cycling and safe rowing along its short length. Absolute tranquility, rejuvenating fresh air. Have a stop for lunch in “Petrino”.
Water of Styx. A beautiful mountain hiking trail to the Water of Styx, about two and a half hours from the village of Solo. According to mythology, Thetis plunged her son Achilles into the waters of the Styx to make him immortal.
Zarouchla. We can get there from Akrata and it takes 45 minutes to ascend a winding road, but also from Kalavrita which is almost 25 km away. It is a small mountainous village with a central paved road with small stone-built taverns. From Zarouchla we can choose the route Agios Nikolaos – Feneos or Kryoneri – Vrissi of Golfo. Both routes will reward us.
Trikala of Corinth
Another route is Eurostini – Karya Feneos – lake Doxa
Karya: A monument that shows the historical origin of Karya is the Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, built in a basilica rhythm, and estimated by experts that it was built in the 13th century. In Karya, the church of Panagia is also located, built in 1850, a magnificent, imposing byzantine church with a bronze dome.
In Feneos: Lake Doxa was created in 1996 after the construction of a homonymous dam. Make the round of the lake and enjoy the unique tranquility. The monastery of Agios Georgios or “Fonias”, an impressive structure built in 1693 and fully renovated in 1754 from fire damage. The first monastery, built in the 14th century, was the “Palaiomonastiro” as it is called nowadays which was later abandoned (17th century) when the lake flooded the plain of Feneus and the monks were forced to move to a higher point. Today it is located inside the lake and communicates with the mainland through a narrow strip of land. Contains remarkable frescoes and heirlooms of exceptional art.