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Peloponnese Places of interest


THE CASTLE OF PATRAS
On a low hill of mount Panachaicos, 800m from the seaside, stands the castle of Patras. It was built over the ruins of the ancient acropolis in the second half of the 6th century A.D. The walls, built by Justinian with material from early Christian buildings, cover a surface of 23 hectares. The castle was besieged by the Slavs, Saracens, Bulgarians and Normans but it was never conquered. In A.D. 805 the inhabitants of the city were besieged in the castle by the Slavs and Saracens and their victory was considered a miracle of the city’s patron saint Andrew. In 1205, the Frank crusaders occupied the castle and extended and reinforced its structure. Constantine Palaiologos also carried out some repairs and additions. The Turks occupied the castle in 1458 and handed it to French General Maison, in 1828. During the German occupation (1941-1944) it was used by the German forces for the defense of city.



VLACHERNA MONASTERY
The monastery is located near Kyllini in a sensational landscape that strikes the visitor with its simplicity. It was built during the 12th century and the origins of its name derive from the famous Monastery of Vlacherna in Constantinople, to which it was dependant. However, time and disasters have destroyed important records of the monastery, a fact that provokes a dispute about the details of its establishment. The temple of the monastery is a blend of western as well as eastern architectural elements.

RIVER NEDA
River Neda is one of the few rivers of Greece that still offer an environment so virgin and untouched by human activity. Besides, it is –maybe- the only Greek river that has been given a female name, in honour of the nymph Neda, a deity of the waters. Neda, according to the Greek Mythology, had bathed the infant Zeus in the river Gortynios (Lousios), together with the nymphs Theisoa and Agno. The river crosses a narrow canyon of unimaginable beauty, creating an almost mystical landscape, with waterfalls and natural pools spread between wooded hill slopes, under the shade of huge plane-trees, oaks, fig-trees and thick bushy vegetation

THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO EPICURUS
Almost hidden in a wild and imposing landscape, on a narrow terrace of Mt. Kotilion, at 3710 ft., 14 km southwest of Andritsena, is the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurus. At this site called Bassae during ancient times, in the 7th B.C. century, the citizens of the small state of Figaleia (ArcadiaPeloponnese) had established the temple of Apollo, whom they worshiped with the title “Epicurus” – helper and deliverer in sickness or war. The title was given during the war with the Spartans, around 650 B.C. The temple is considered one of the best preserved classic monuments all over Greece, together with the temple of Ifestos in the ancient Agora of Athens, and easily takes the first place in the Peloponnese, for the beauty and harmony of its structure.

THE FOLOI FOREST (CENTAURIAN FOREST)
Moving east, towards Olympia, you will meet the river Alfios, from where you will continue the course towards Lala and the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi), on Mt. Erymanthos. The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for the myths and legends that are connected with it in local legend. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus –son of Silenos and the nymph Melia- the kind and virtuous Centaur that gave shelter to Hercules, when he was hunting the Erymanthian Bore. It is considered the oldest European self planted beech and oak forest and the biggest of the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Foloi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.
 
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Temple of Zeus in Olympia
The most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture.

A day cruise to Zakynthos island shoud not be missed!

The 5.000 acre protected bird and turtle reserve at Strofilia Forest.
 

Why Peloponnese
The playground of the ancient gods!

The sea is sheltered from currents, while the resort is surrounded by fields, so parents can feel safe about leaving children to explore.

  Outstanding natural beauty, olive groves, citrus trees and farms
Ancient Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games
  The Temple of Apollo Epikouros
  Mountainous landscapes dotted with quiet, secluded villages

 

The Forest of Foloi the home
of the mythical Centaurs


 
 
 
 

 

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Kato Achaia GR-25 200
Lakopetra, Peloponnese
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