Panos Kammenos: “No agreement to parliament if FYROM does not change its Constitution”

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The government will not bring any agreement on the FYROM name issue to parliament unless the neighbouring country first changes its constitution, Defence Minister and head of the Independent Greeks party Panos Kammenos said in an interview on Tuesday.

According to Kammenos, who heads the junior partner in Greece’s ruling coalition, a solution is not likely to be found because the neighbouring country is not taking any steps in this direction. He also reiterated that the Independent Greeks will not vote for any name including the term ‘Macedonia’.

On the economic front, he noted that “Greece is exiting the crisis and the messages from the economy are good.” He underlined that Greece is the safest country in the region and that this, among others, will help tourism.

Regarding the recent attack on Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, he said that violence must always be condemned and violates the principles of democracy.

Moreover, he forecast that elections will be held at the end of the government’s four-year term.

He also referred to the possibility of escalating tension ahead of Turkey’s elections, but suggested that Turkey will not dare to escalate tension in the Cypriot EEZ.

Finally, he underlined that both the Republic of Cyprus and Greece are protected and have extremely strong international alliances.

Source: thegreekobserver

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Exarchia turning into a Ghetto, claim furious Athenians

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Hundreds of residents of the central Athenian neighborhood of Exarchia have called on the Greek prosecution service to intervene and put an end to the crime, vandalism and lawlessness threatening to turn the area into a ghetto.

A three-page appeal sent by 400 residents warns that anti-establishment, anarchist and other leftist groups are creating an “autonomous state of crime”, as the police and other state agencies are practically banned from the area.

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Exarchia strikes fear into the hearts of many Athenians, who have seen televised images of masked and hooded anarchists battling police in the district’s back streets and main squares. Tires are burned to counteract tear gas, windows are frequently broken, cars torched and shops vandalized.

The residents’ appeal records at least 22 offenses, which are constantly being committed in Exarchia and make life in the area unbearable.

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It also notes that residents are now beginning to think there is an organized plan to make Exarchia a dumping ground for all illegal activities in the greater Athens area.

Residents fear that turning Exarchia into a ghetto will affect tourism as a number of high-profile sights, such as the National Archaeological Museum and the National Library, are all located nearby.

They claim that, if allowed, they could have “solved the problem of lawlessness in a few days themselves”.

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Source: Tasos Kokkinidis/greekreporter

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The reenactment of the “Battle of the Rupel Fortress” in Serres on May 12 & 13 (PHOTOS)

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It began as a notable initiative and evolved into a tradition. On May 12th, the reenactment of the Battle of the legendary Rupel Fortress and the leading World War II historical event in Greece, “RUPEL 1941: THE REVIVAL” (www.roupel1941.gr), will take place once again in Serres.

The purpose of the event, held for the third consecutive year with the help of the Ministry of National Defense, is to preserve the historical memory, promote peace and cooperation between nations and countries, highlighting history-themed tourism in the northern part of Serres.

With the impressive effects of fire, explosions and airplane simulations on Sunday 3/5/2018 at 11:00 am, visitors will experience the raging attempt of the German invaders to occupy the legendary fortress of Rupel and the heroic resistance of its Greek defenders.

Watch the video of last year’s event:

This year’s event is dedicated to the hero artillery captain Alexandros Kyriakidis, who was killed during the German attack on Rupel.

During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Greek and German camps of the WWII campaign and the exhibitions that will be in the central area and visit the underground vault of the Rupel Fortress.

Specifically :

HELLENIC CAMP WWII: From Khaki Depot (a high-quality product company for museums, collectors, reenactment, etc.) in collaboration with the Historical Revival Team of the “STENOPOS” Association.

GERMAN CAMP WWII: From the Historic Revival Groups “Kampfgruppe «Süden» – Hellenic Reenactment Group”, “Brothers in Arms” and “Deutsches Freikorps Association”.

HELLENIC CAMP 1960 – 1970: Exhibition of historical military vehicles by the Association of Historic Military Vehicles (SISO).

COLLECTION OF THE ATHENS WAR MUSEUM: The annex of Thessaloniki, presents part of its collection, related to the battle of the Forts.

ART EXHIBITION: Works of pupils and students of schools in Serres and Thessaloniki, who took part in the competition “Battle of the Forts” (2018).

MEMORABILIA FROM THE BATTLE: Exhibition of “Fortress Battle” (1941), from Michalis Tsartsitsis Historical & Folklore Museum in Sidirokastro.

SCULPTURE EXHIBITION: Triantafylou Vaitsi’s “House of Shadow” (Xanthi) presents the “light and shadows sculpture ‘Holy Spirit’”.

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DOCUMENTS FROM THE KARATAS FORTRESS: An exhibition of historical documents (newspapers, postcards, calendars, improvised cards, etc.) found in the abandoned galleries of Karatas fortress.

SMALL-SCALE MODEL EXHIBITION: The Association of Modelers of Serres and modelers from northern Greece present their creations inspired by the “Battle of the Forts” and not only.

“FORTRESSES OF HISTORY”: The fortresses of Belles and Agistro through the photographic lens of Anthimos Georgiadis (courtesy of Aratos Group).

THE 1941 HEADLINES: How did the Greek newspapers recorded and presented the German invasion of Greece, through their headlines of the time.

DRAWINGS & SKETCHES: Greek and foreign sketches of the Nazi attack against Greece during WWII.

PHOTOS OF THE BATTLE: Black and white photographs of the German attack and the resistance of the forts, from the archive of the researcher and author Elias Kotridis.

METAXAS LINE INFOGRAPHICS: The great technical work of the Metaxa Line with numbers, blueprints and sizes.

The “Retro Parade” event will take place on Saturday 12/5/2018 at 18:00 at the central square of Sidirokastro with historical military vehicles, reenactments from Greeks and friends from abroad, classical cyclists and others.

At 20:00 in the LAF of Sidirokastro, the “1940s Festival ” with songs, dances and dress code of that era.

Photos from last year’s event:

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2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards!

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There are all sorts of international awards. But have you heard of the International Toilet Awards?
So if you are aware of any toilet in Greece used by tourists and stands out for its location, design or … the special experience it offers, then you still have time to nominate it as a candidate in the world’s best tourist toilets award for 2018.

The awards at MyTravelresearch.com aim to show tourism destinations that clean, creative, quirky public toilets go a long way to boosting a destination’s image and generating tourism dollars. The winners are expected to be announced on June 4, while entries close on May 1.

Categories
The 2018 awards will go to public toilets in the following categories (7):
Best Economic Contributor – for when people stop at a toilet in a destination and stay on to spend more than a penny.
Best Location – where the toilets have views and maybe considered an attraction in themselves.
Best Design – architectural brilliance in toilets, visual design and creativity.
Quirkiest Toilet Experience – relating to local heritage, fun, or otherwise noteworthy.
Best Accessible Toilet – supporting the idea of Tourism for all.
Sanitation Progress – aimed at developing economy destinations that have made big steps in public toilet provision.

Prizes
The overall winner will receive an AU$2,000 donation contributed to the World Toilet Organization for allocation to a sanitation project in a developing economy. The donation will be made in the name of the overall winner, who will also receive a copy of every MyTravelResearch.com research publication in 2018 (worth AU$8000), and access to tourism research events. Other category winners will receive the same, minus the donation to the World Toilet Organization.

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Lakes in place of οld mines in Evia create magnificent Alpine landscape (PHOTOS)

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A former mining complex in Mantoudi, in Northern Evia, has turned into a magnificent alpine landscape as 12 natural lakes have been created from the mining craters.

Mantoudi, only two hours away from Athens, is like a miracle of natural transformation. Most of the lakes have a depth of about 80 meters.

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The underground waters that came to the surface created a hospitable ecosystem. Wild reeds, oleanders, pines and plane trees make up the landscape. There are many amphibian reptiles, birds, turtles, and fish that were thrown to the lakes by locals.

The lakes have developed in two areas: the first one is in Paraskevorema, between Prokopi and Mantoudi and the second on the slopes of the neighboring mountain range Kantili, between the villages of Dafnona, Kakavos, Spathari and Kalyvia.

The municipal authority of the municipality of Limni Mandoudi-Agia Anna claims the exploitation of the lakes in the framework of educational tourism programs.

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As the mayor of Limni Christos Kaliviotis told the Athens Macedonia News Agency, the exploitation of these lakes can be included in the wider program for the creation of the Geopark of Northern Evia.

In the first phase, some basic infrastructure (benches, tables, pavilions, etc.) will be put in place, so the area can become a recreation attraction in Northern Evia for the whole year, and not just in the summer months.

In Paraskevorema there is also a living monument of nature, the Great Platanos (or Geroplatanos) of Evia.

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Next to the River Keira sits the oldest, perhaps, plane tree of the Balkans, as its age is estimated from 1,500 to 2,000 years.

In 1972, its trunk had a perimeter of 18 meters, a diameter of 6 meters, the height of the tree was 30 meters, and the extent of its shadow was 2.5 acres.

Source: Philip Chrysopoulos/greekreporter.com

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Tourism revenue in the first 10 months of 2017 reached 14,16 billion Euros

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“>2017 according to the daa of the first 10 months. The figures show a “>a little below 1,2 billion, confirming the estimates “>the January – October 2017 interval stood at 14,16 billion Euros, number had reached 12,8 billion. C “>the numbers of the ten-month period are h “> revenue from tourism had “>of the Bank of Greece’s tourist revenues increased by 14,2% to 1,17 billion Euros “>2015.

“>resident travelers at a rate of 8,4% individually for October compared “>an increase in arrivals ranged to the two-digit rate of 10,1%.

“>Mr. Yannis Stournaras, also mentioned the positive course of tourism o “>pointing out that “the positive development of tourism in 2017 is expected to
“>mainly in the air transport market, are expanding its capabilities”.

“>the contribution of the industry to the decline in youth unemployment “due to the “>positions related to tourism services and trade” at the same time business, are positive”.

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Trip to mountainous Nafpaktia

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Seven mountains, countless forested peaks and a rough terrain define mountainous Nafpaktia, a 550-square- kilometer area that extends north of beautiful Nafpaktos town. Forests of fir, beech, oak and chestnut trees are dotted by more than 40 villages that form an impressive group of communities, one of the most impressive in the country. The old narrow dirt lanes that used to connect the villages are still traversable and that means that hiking lovers can use them to explore the heart of this area’s untamed nature, filled with lush densely forested valleys, ravines and brooks of crystal-clear waters. The aquatic environments of Evinos River and Evinolimni (Evinos Lake) enhance the beauty of the area.

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Major Villages
The historic fortified town of Nafpaktos will serve as your starting point as you begin to explore the serpentine uphill paths that will gradually reveal to you the so far out of sight lovely landscapes. The following villages are in the visitors’ list of best preferred destinations:

Ano Chora – Kato Chora
Built on a fir-covered slope of Mt. Korakas (1,050 m. elevation), Ano Chora is the top preference on the tourists’ list for the entire area. Stroll along the stone-paved narrow streets connecting the picturesque neighbourhoods. Admire the stone houses with the coloured balconies and the flowerbeds in the yards. Quench your thirst by the fountains and the gurgling waters of brooks running through the village. Stop by the stone-paved square dominated by Agia Paraskevi church. Right next to it you will see Karnavalos, a legendary old bus which used to run the Nafpaktos – Ano Chora – Kato Chora winding route, until 1983.

There is a 4 km paved road leading to Kato Chora. If you enjoy hiking you can follow the path of Oineas, a circular route (1h. 45min.) that connects the two villages. A more demanding yet memorable track is the one that crosses Kakavos ravine.

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Ampelakiotissa
The village is one of the top choices among hikers who wish to climb the nearby mountains, as it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding captivating landscape. The path of Hercules traverses a lovely gorge and connects Ampelakiotissa and Ano Chora (2h. 40 min.). Those of you who are interested in religious tourism will definitely enjoy a visit to Agios Nikolaos church, featuring a 1748 wood-carved iconostasis and to the historic Ampelakiotissa monastery, a landmark of mountainous Nafpaktia.

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Elatou
This is a small village, practically invisible, as it is located deep inside the fir forest. The stone-built houses with red rooftops are barely discernible behind the dense spear-shaped trees, creating a unique scenery. It is the perfect choice for a relaxing stay and romantic sauntering along its narrow cobbled streets.

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The traditional character and the mountain architectural style of the houses are quite impressive in the area’s largest historic village. The big square is one of the finest in the area, with a huge plane tree overlooking the traditional coffee shops and tavernas; this is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. The village’s attractions include the Museum of National Resistance, the Folk Art Museum, and Agios Nikolaos church with its majestic twin bell towers, to name but a few. Make sure you visit the nearby villages Perko and Perista (2km.); you will be fascinated by the wild beauty of Nafpaktos mountainous land.

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Evinochoria (villages by Evinos River)
Start your trip from Platanos, then head towards the dam and the artificial Evinos Lake. Neochori, Arachova, Perdikovrysi and Klepa offer an enchanting view over Evinolimni.
At the point where Evinos gets narrower, you will see the single-arched Artotiva bridge, also called Kamara, spanning the river. This is an important site for locals and it is closely connected to the area’s history, financial activities and social life.

Activities
If you love adventure sports, this is your place to be! Hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, 4X4 or off-road dirt bike riding are activities in the wild that will offer you truly memorable experiences. Other options for you include rafting, kayaking, rappelling and flying fox.

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Korinthos Mountain Area: Find the explorer inside you! (PHOTOS)

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Living or staying in Athens and dreaming of an escape to nature in the heart of the winter? Then take a break in the mountain area of Korinthos! Take the very comfortable motorway connecting Athens to Patras and in a matter of two hours you’ll see your dream come true!

Starting here

Stay in a place where you will be able to easily move around. We suggest Stympalia, Trikala, or the beautiful little town of Xylokastro, on the coast of Korinthos. The mountainous landscape, dotted with picturesque villages and beautified by two lakes, extends over the fir-clad slopes of Mt Ziria, the second biggest of Peloponnese to Taygetos. You’ll regret leaving the area without seeing and doing what we are hereby suggesting:

Stymphalia

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This town has been built in the Killini (Cyllene at Ziria) mountain region and was renowned in mythology. According to the legend, Hercules slew the Stymphalian fowls, the man-eating birds with the bronze wings that lived in the swamps, on the lake’s banks of the same name. It is located 61 km W of the city of Korinthos.

Points of interest

Lake Stymphalia is situated at an altitude of 700 metres between four mountains: Ziria, Oligirto, Mavrovounio and Gavria. It is considered to be a rare wetland habitat and hosts more than 143 species of birds, some of which are rare. It is worth stopping by at one of the bird observatories along the lakeside road.
The ruins of the Ancient city of Stymphalos on the lake’s northern roadside where the remnants of the Ancient Agora’s public buildings, fortifications and temples have been discovered that bear testament to the past’s glory. The city which has been excavated was founded in approximately 350 B.C. on the site of a town with inter-dispersed ruins dating to the early and late Bronze Age period. The partial destruction of Stymphalos appears to be due to a Roman military attack after 146 B.C.

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The Environmental Museum of Stymphalia.
The impressive Zaraka Cistercian Monastery ruins, a little outside the village, appear to be the first noteworthy evidence for the monastery, which date back to 1236. Its church (a three-aisled basilica roofed with groin vaults) has been excavated over three periods (1928, 1962, 1993-1997), while the columns are reminiscent of 13th century Gothic churches.
The villages Kaliani (5 km E), Lafka (10 km SW) where a prominent museum operates with old tools, and Kastania (14 km W) are set in a magnificent landscape with chestnut, fir and plane trees. Take in the beauty of the area by mountaineering as some spots offer a breathtaking view to the lake.

Trikala

This market town has been built among the pine and fir tree forested slopes of Mount Cyllene (Ziria) and is one of the prefecture’s most popular mountain resorts. The three districts (Kato, Messea and Ano Trikala) are the ideal base for alternative tourism activities in the surrounding region. It is located 67 km W of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

The churches of Agios Dimitrios (1697) and Agios Ioannis (1853) with the interesting murals (Kato Trikala), Metamorphosis tou Sotira (Mesaia Trikala, 9th century) and Agios Nikolaos with the notable 10th century murals (Ano Trikala).
The ruins of the Notaras family mansion and the house where Saint Gerasimos was born at Ano Trikala.
The Agios Vlasios monastery (17th century) is set in an evergreen environment.
The rural chapel of Koimissi tis Theotokou (16th century) with the significant hagiographies and Byzantine icons.
Flambouritsa valley, situated between the Megali and Mikri Ziria clusters, which together with the highest mountain peaks have been included in the “Natura 2000” European Union network.
The cave of Hermes on the western side of Flambouritsa with the prominent stalagmite and stalactite decoration.
Lake Kefalogianni on the eastern side and the Lake Dassiou on the western side of Ziria.

Feneos

The highland town has been built in a verdant setting close to the archaeological site. It has a marvellous square and stone built houses. It is 100 km to the west of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

Ancient Feneos with the ruins of the Ancient city where you will see the relics of the temple of Asclepius and a section of the acropolis’ fortifications. The Archaeological Collection with findings from excavations in the region is on display at Kalivia (Ancient Feneos).
The artificial lake Doxa has been formed by the Feneos-Doxa dam in the waters of the Olvios River. The region’s landscape is enchanting and it’s worth walking along the perimeter course. The (14th century) Paliomonastiro is located at the lake’s centre (linked to the shore by a narrow strip of land).
The three-storey monastery of Agios Georgios (1693), very close to Lake Doxa, provides an impressive view of the region. During the Turkish Occupation, the monastery also operated as a “secret school” (the site has now been converted to a small museum). When there, don’t forget to have some of the tasteful spoon sweets from rose petals made by the monks themselves.
The magnificent Feneos valley where potatoes, beans, lentils and walnuts of an exceptional quality are cultivated, which can be purchased from the region’s stores.
The picturesque Ziria highland towns of Ano Tarsos (close to “Panagia Vrahou”, a small fortress city dating to the 14th-15th century), Kato Tarsos, Steno, Goura, Mesino and Mosia.

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Activities

Skiing, sleighs, snow mobiles at the Ziria Sports (Ski) Centre
Mountaineering
Canyoning
Hiking along the organised and marked Ziria paths (total length of 55 km). The courses in the Lake Dasiou region and more specifically down to Karia village are will excite you
Horse riding at the “Freestyle Horse Riding Centre” (at Rethi 4 km north of Kato Trikala)
4Χ4 Itineraries with the most interesting itinerary terminating at Goura village, crossing through Skafidia plateau (course length of 15 km), via the Mavros Longos fir tree forest
Caving
Paragliding
Off-road trips with motorcycles
Mountain bike riding from the Ziria Sports Centre to Lake Dasiou for a total length of 4.5 km

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Korinthos Mountain Area: Find the explorer inside you! (PHOTOS)

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Living or staying in Athens and dreaming of an escape to nature in the heart of the winter? Then take a break in the mountain area of Korinthos! Take the very comfortable motorway connecting Athens to Patras and in a matter of two hours you’ll see your dream come true!

Starting here

Stay in a place where you will be able to easily move around. We suggest Stympalia, Trikala, or the beautiful little town of Xylokastro, on the coast of Korinthos. The mountainous landscape, dotted with picturesque villages and beautified by two lakes, extends over the fir-clad slopes of Mt Ziria, the second biggest of Peloponnese to Taygetos. You’ll regret leaving the area without seeing and doing what we are hereby suggesting:

Stymphalia

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This town has been built in the Killini (Cyllene at Ziria) mountain region and was renowned in mythology. According to the legend, Hercules slew the Stymphalian fowls, the man-eating birds with the bronze wings that lived in the swamps, on the lake’s banks of the same name. It is located 61 km W of the city of Korinthos.

Points of interest

Lake Stymphalia is situated at an altitude of 700 metres between four mountains: Ziria, Oligirto, Mavrovounio and Gavria. It is considered to be a rare wetland habitat and hosts more than 143 species of birds, some of which are rare. It is worth stopping by at one of the bird observatories along the lakeside road.
The ruins of the Ancient city of Stymphalos on the lake’s northern roadside where the remnants of the Ancient Agora’s public buildings, fortifications and temples have been discovered that bear testament to the past’s glory. The city which has been excavated was founded in approximately 350 B.C. on the site of a town with inter-dispersed ruins dating to the early and late Bronze Age period. The partial destruction of Stymphalos appears to be due to a Roman military attack after 146 B.C.

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The Environmental Museum of Stymphalia.
The impressive Zaraka Cistercian Monastery ruins, a little outside the village, appear to be the first noteworthy evidence for the monastery, which date back to 1236. Its church (a three-aisled basilica roofed with groin vaults) has been excavated over three periods (1928, 1962, 1993-1997), while the columns are reminiscent of 13th century Gothic churches.
The villages Kaliani (5 km E), Lafka (10 km SW) where a prominent museum operates with old tools, and Kastania (14 km W) are set in a magnificent landscape with chestnut, fir and plane trees. Take in the beauty of the area by mountaineering as some spots offer a breathtaking view to the lake.

Trikala

This market town has been built among the pine and fir tree forested slopes of Mount Cyllene (Ziria) and is one of the prefecture’s most popular mountain resorts. The three districts (Kato, Messea and Ano Trikala) are the ideal base for alternative tourism activities in the surrounding region. It is located 67 km W of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

The churches of Agios Dimitrios (1697) and Agios Ioannis (1853) with the interesting murals (Kato Trikala), Metamorphosis tou Sotira (Mesaia Trikala, 9th century) and Agios Nikolaos with the notable 10th century murals (Ano Trikala).
The ruins of the Notaras family mansion and the house where Saint Gerasimos was born at Ano Trikala.
The Agios Vlasios monastery (17th century) is set in an evergreen environment.
The rural chapel of Koimissi tis Theotokou (16th century) with the significant hagiographies and Byzantine icons.
Flambouritsa valley, situated between the Megali and Mikri Ziria clusters, which together with the highest mountain peaks have been included in the “Natura 2000” European Union network.
The cave of Hermes on the western side of Flambouritsa with the prominent stalagmite and stalactite decoration.
Lake Kefalogianni on the eastern side and the Lake Dassiou on the western side of Ziria.

Feneos

The highland town has been built in a verdant setting close to the archaeological site. It has a marvellous square and stone built houses. It is 100 km to the west of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

Ancient Feneos with the ruins of the Ancient city where you will see the relics of the temple of Asclepius and a section of the acropolis’ fortifications. The Archaeological Collection with findings from excavations in the region is on display at Kalivia (Ancient Feneos).
The artificial lake Doxa has been formed by the Feneos-Doxa dam in the waters of the Olvios River. The region’s landscape is enchanting and it’s worth walking along the perimeter course. The (14th century) Paliomonastiro is located at the lake’s centre (linked to the shore by a narrow strip of land).
The three-storey monastery of Agios Georgios (1693), very close to Lake Doxa, provides an impressive view of the region. During the Turkish Occupation, the monastery also operated as a “secret school” (the site has now been converted to a small museum). When there, don’t forget to have some of the tasteful spoon sweets from rose petals made by the monks themselves.
The magnificent Feneos valley where potatoes, beans, lentils and walnuts of an exceptional quality are cultivated, which can be purchased from the region’s stores.
The picturesque Ziria highland towns of Ano Tarsos (close to “Panagia Vrahou”, a small fortress city dating to the 14th-15th century), Kato Tarsos, Steno, Goura, Mesino and Mosia.

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Activities

Skiing, sleighs, snow mobiles at the Ziria Sports (Ski) Centre
Mountaineering
Canyoning
Hiking along the organised and marked Ziria paths (total length of 55 km). The courses in the Lake Dasiou region and more specifically down to Karia village are will excite you
Horse riding at the “Freestyle Horse Riding Centre” (at Rethi 4 km north of Kato Trikala)
4Χ4 Itineraries with the most interesting itinerary terminating at Goura village, crossing through Skafidia plateau (course length of 15 km), via the Mavros Longos fir tree forest
Caving
Paragliding
Off-road trips with motorcycles
Mountain bike riding from the Ziria Sports Centre to Lake Dasiou for a total length of 4.5 km

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Korinthos Mountain Area: Find the explorer inside you! (PHOTOS)

tk

Living or staying in Athens and dreaming of an escape to nature in the heart of the winter? Then take a break in the mountain area of Korinthos! Take the very comfortable motorway connecting Athens to Patras and in a matter of two hours you’ll see your dream come true!

Starting here

Stay in a place where you will be able to easily move around. We suggest Stympalia, Trikala, or the beautiful little town of Xylokastro, on the coast of Korinthos. The mountainous landscape, dotted with picturesque villages and beautified by two lakes, extends over the fir-clad slopes of Mt Ziria, the second biggest of Peloponnese to Taygetos. You’ll regret leaving the area without seeing and doing what we are hereby suggesting:

Stymphalia

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This town has been built in the Killini (Cyllene at Ziria) mountain region and was renowned in mythology. According to the legend, Hercules slew the Stymphalian fowls, the man-eating birds with the bronze wings that lived in the swamps, on the lake’s banks of the same name. It is located 61 km W of the city of Korinthos.

Points of interest

Lake Stymphalia is situated at an altitude of 700 metres between four mountains: Ziria, Oligirto, Mavrovounio and Gavria. It is considered to be a rare wetland habitat and hosts more than 143 species of birds, some of which are rare. It is worth stopping by at one of the bird observatories along the lakeside road.
The ruins of the Ancient city of Stymphalos on the lake’s northern roadside where the remnants of the Ancient Agora’s public buildings, fortifications and temples have been discovered that bear testament to the past’s glory. The city which has been excavated was founded in approximately 350 B.C. on the site of a town with inter-dispersed ruins dating to the early and late Bronze Age period. The partial destruction of Stymphalos appears to be due to a Roman military attack after 146 B.C.

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The Environmental Museum of Stymphalia.
The impressive Zaraka Cistercian Monastery ruins, a little outside the village, appear to be the first noteworthy evidence for the monastery, which date back to 1236. Its church (a three-aisled basilica roofed with groin vaults) has been excavated over three periods (1928, 1962, 1993-1997), while the columns are reminiscent of 13th century Gothic churches.
The villages Kaliani (5 km E), Lafka (10 km SW) where a prominent museum operates with old tools, and Kastania (14 km W) are set in a magnificent landscape with chestnut, fir and plane trees. Take in the beauty of the area by mountaineering as some spots offer a breathtaking view to the lake.

Trikala

This market town has been built among the pine and fir tree forested slopes of Mount Cyllene (Ziria) and is one of the prefecture’s most popular mountain resorts. The three districts (Kato, Messea and Ano Trikala) are the ideal base for alternative tourism activities in the surrounding region. It is located 67 km W of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

The churches of Agios Dimitrios (1697) and Agios Ioannis (1853) with the interesting murals (Kato Trikala), Metamorphosis tou Sotira (Mesaia Trikala, 9th century) and Agios Nikolaos with the notable 10th century murals (Ano Trikala).
The ruins of the Notaras family mansion and the house where Saint Gerasimos was born at Ano Trikala.
The Agios Vlasios monastery (17th century) is set in an evergreen environment.
The rural chapel of Koimissi tis Theotokou (16th century) with the significant hagiographies and Byzantine icons.
Flambouritsa valley, situated between the Megali and Mikri Ziria clusters, which together with the highest mountain peaks have been included in the “Natura 2000” European Union network.
The cave of Hermes on the western side of Flambouritsa with the prominent stalagmite and stalactite decoration.
Lake Kefalogianni on the eastern side and the Lake Dassiou on the western side of Ziria.

Feneos

The highland town has been built in a verdant setting close to the archaeological site. It has a marvellous square and stone built houses. It is 100 km to the west of the city of Korinthos.

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Points of interest

Ancient Feneos with the ruins of the Ancient city where you will see the relics of the temple of Asclepius and a section of the acropolis’ fortifications. The Archaeological Collection with findings from excavations in the region is on display at Kalivia (Ancient Feneos).
The artificial lake Doxa has been formed by the Feneos-Doxa dam in the waters of the Olvios River. The region’s landscape is enchanting and it’s worth walking along the perimeter course. The (14th century) Paliomonastiro is located at the lake’s centre (linked to the shore by a narrow strip of land).
The three-storey monastery of Agios Georgios (1693), very close to Lake Doxa, provides an impressive view of the region. During the Turkish Occupation, the monastery also operated as a “secret school” (the site has now been converted to a small museum). When there, don’t forget to have some of the tasteful spoon sweets from rose petals made by the monks themselves.
The magnificent Feneos valley where potatoes, beans, lentils and walnuts of an exceptional quality are cultivated, which can be purchased from the region’s stores.
The picturesque Ziria highland towns of Ano Tarsos (close to “Panagia Vrahou”, a small fortress city dating to the 14th-15th century), Kato Tarsos, Steno, Goura, Mesino and Mosia.

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Activities

Skiing, sleighs, snow mobiles at the Ziria Sports (Ski) Centre
Mountaineering
Canyoning
Hiking along the organised and marked Ziria paths (total length of 55 km). The courses in the Lake Dasiou region and more specifically down to Karia village are will excite you
Horse riding at the “Freestyle Horse Riding Centre” (at Rethi 4 km north of Kato Trikala)
4Χ4 Itineraries with the most interesting itinerary terminating at Goura village, crossing through Skafidia plateau (course length of 15 km), via the Mavros Longos fir tree forest
Caving
Paragliding
Off-road trips with motorcycles
Mountain bike riding from the Ziria Sports Centre to Lake Dasiou for a total length of 4.5 km

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