A fairly sloping and rocky hill on the north side of the Achaean Sea was the ideal location for the construction of the city theater. The eastern orientation of the monument was imposed by the need for its harmonious integration into the natural environment. The theater, which is part of a wider area of sanctuaries, was certainly the most important building of the ancient city. The view from the hollow is magnificent: a large part of the Corinthian Gulf spreads in front of the viewer, and when the atmosphere is clear, the opposite coast of Central Greece also appears. About two-thirds of the hollows were carved on the natural rock, while the rest were filled in on an artificial bedding. The capacity of the theater is estimated at 3,000 spectators. A well-designed drainage system sent the rains of the rain into the city’s aqueduct. The Hellenistic scenery is similar to other contemporary theaters in the Peloponnese. The theater of Aegira dates back to the middle of the 3rd century. B.C. and seems to have been abandoned definitively in the 3rd century. A.D.
Ancient Theater of Aigeira
Evrostina - Zacholi
Evrostina (Zacholi) is a beautiful, picturesque village of mountain Korinthia. The settlement keeps its image unchanged over time (its traces are lost back to the 15th century), where stone, water and wood dominate everywhere. You will find stone fountains, bridges, threshers, and chapels scattered all over the place. Do not miss the delicious baked and delicious food at the local taverns.
The village is located in the homonymous plateau of Evrostina – Zacholis, surrounded by beautiful pine forest that you will meet along your way.
In any case, you must visit the chapel of Panagia Katafygiotissa, which is built in the hollow of a huge rock, north of Zacholis, 40 meters high. It was built at the time of the great persecution of the thieves to be used for shelter, which is why it was named “Katafygiotissa” and next to it were dug caves and burrows to hide the thieves and the local Zacholites at the time of the catastrophe.
Zarouchla - Lake Tsivlou
A beautiful village, literally drowned in fir and chestnut trees, has evolved into one of the most popular resorts in the Peloponnese. Stone houses, built elsewhere higher, elsewhere lower, the Krathi river canal, which originates from Helmos and crosses the village, atmospheric guesthouses, 4×4 excursions in the forest, taverns, cafe-bars and shops with local traditional products. scene. Ideal base for naturalistic excursions in landscapes of special interest and for alternative activities in nature.
It is approximately 35 km from Akrata (asphalt) and 18 km from the Kalavryta Ski Center, which is connected to a new asphalt road without passing through the city of Kalavryta.
Excursions that are fantastic with Zarouchla basement can be found in the woods, in the nearby villages, in Feneos of Korinthia, in the waters of Stygos, Lake Tsivlos (a lake in the fir trees), Kalavryta Ski Center and other important areas.
Lake Tsivlou is located on Mount Helmos in the prefecture of Achaia, at an altitude of 800 meters and was created in 1913, when the river Krathi river was blocked by a large landslide and Tsivlos settlement was drifted! The skeleton stems of the plane trees and the black-eyed trees emerging from its waters are another proof that there once was a deep, dense gully.
This … accident has made more and more people flock to the area to admire its beauty, relax and take advantage of the gifts of nature. Today Lake Tsivlou is a major wetland habitat that hosts many flora and fauna and is a popular destination for recreation.
Mega Spilaio - Zachlorou - Kalavryta - Agia Lavra - Planitero
Beaches full of firs, the steep gorge of Vouraikos, the famous toothy crossing “fearless”, the ski resort of Helmos, the monastery of Agia Lavra and the impressive Mega Spilaio. In the Peloponnese, Kalavryta is the ideal destination for those who love nature, history and mountain sports, both in the winter and in the summer. Mountain huts, fine food, the cave of the Lakes with its 13 underground lakes, the enchanting landscape of Zachlorou, the Great Cave and Agia Lavra, the plantain in Planitero with the trout … What else to ask for from a mountainous destination, to put it first in your preferences?
Sightseeing and history
The impressive eight-story complex of the Mega Spilaio is built on the vertical, “meteoric” rocks. According to tradition, it was founded in the second half of the 4th century. The pilgrims come to see the relief of the Virgin Mary of Virgin Mary (or Spileiotissa), made mainly of candle and mastic. The monastery of Agia Lavra is believed to have been founded in 961, where it is today called the Palaiomonastero. In her museum you will see the banner of the revolution, as the tradition that connects the monastery with the Old Patron German wants the revolution of 1821 to begin here.
The planets of Planitero’s overnight life
Very close to the ski resort, on the way to the town of Klitoria, one of the most popular places of recreation in the area, the Planetroaster of Planitero. In the restaurants, located in the woods, you will taste trout.
The “curling” Zachlorou
Zachlorou is a “climber” mountain village in the prefecture of Achaia, located very close to Kalavryta. Passing through the impressive metal bridge, you will arrive at the village station, which is one of the stops of the Odontotus. The scene here is cinematic. On the one hand the stone buildings of the station and on the other the rich vegetation of the Vouraikos Gorge with the sounds of the river, is the absolute escape from everyday life.
Diakofto - Odontotos Rack Railway
Diakofto or Diakopto is a small town well-known in the area of Aegiali, mainly due to the Odontotos Rack Railroad and the many beaches it has.
An important attraction is the port of Diakopto, there are many fishing boats in the harbor where you can find fresh fish from the Corinthian. Next to the harbor is the chapel of Agios Nikolaos, a beautiful chapel by the sea.
From Diakofto begins the well-known toothed railway and reaches Kalavrita. At the station you will see the old locomotive of the rack. The train station is the city center and you will find cafes, barbecues, restaurants and shops for your daily shopping.
Diakofto has several beaches such as Pounta, Egali, Eleonas Beach, Nicolaikos Beach.
Odontotos Rack Railway
About 120 years ago, the Diakopto-Kalavryta railroad, starting from the coastal town of Diakopto and alongside the river, made bridges, pierced tunnels, threw “teeth” and managed to climb up to Kalavryta.
Since then, the Vouraikos River and the Odontotos have been traveling together. The trench was so well integrated into the natural environment, which looks like it was always there. The way of its construction did not affect the ecosystem of the gorge. With the wood and stone of the area, the technicians have made for the sake of the train works that you think nature has made for itself.
Odontotos is not just the “train”.
The Vouraikos gorge and the Diakopto-Kalavrita railroad are a unique attraction for Greece.