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7 top things to do in Kalavrita

Kalavrita ● 02 December 2016
 
On the northern site of Peloponnese, in a valley among high mountains, is located a small and beautiful town, Kalavrita. This traditional village attracts many tourists thanks to its proximity to Athens, its rich history and its Ski Centre at Helmos Mountain with its astonishing natural beauty. The place is ideal for a couple of days or even a week because the traveller has many things to do and see, in winter and summer. Remember that Kalavrita played a significant role in the Greek history because on the one hand, in this place, the Greeks decided to begin the War of their Independence against Turkey, and on the other hand, Kalavrita suffered a great massacre in 1943 when the Nazis killed all its male population.

The town
Kalavrita is a picturesque town with traditional architecture, which is surrounded by green forests and steep mountains. You can walk around the pebbled streets, shop local products, drink coffee in one of the cosy coffee shops or eat in one of the many restaurants and tavernas with Greek cuisine you will find. According to the accommodation, in the town and the villages around it, there are many hotels and guest houses at reasonable prices.


Helmos Ski Centre
Only 16 km from Kalavrita, the Ski Centre at Helmos Mountain is one of the largest Ski Centres in Greece. It offers 20 km of 12 slopes with 7 lifts and 2 chalets with all the modern facilities. The beauty of the mountain is breathtaking, and you will feel that you are skiing in Switzerland. You can also do there other winter sports such as snowboard, hiking or langlauf. And the most important thing: you don't have to be afraid of anything. Just book online the travel insurance of Hostelbay and WorldNomads and you will have everything in case of need. A necessary action if you are involved in winter sports on the mountain!


The Monastery of Mega Spileo
The Holy Monastery of Mega Spileo is the oldest orthodox monastery in Greece. It is located 10 km from Kalavrita, and it was built in 362 A.D. on a rocky hill, at height of 924 m. Its architecture reminds of a fortress, and it is worth mentioning that the monastery was constructed by two brothers when a shepherd girl found miraculously an icon of Virgin Mary inside a cave. It is believed that Apostle Luke painted the icon.


The Holocaust Monument
Kalavrita suffered a holocaust, which is considered as one of the cruellest atrocities of the Second World War. Because the Greek forces won the Nazis troops and captured 80 German soldiers, the German troops on 8th  December 1943, destroyed the villages Kerpini and Rogi, and on 13th December, they gathered in Kalavrita all the 700 male residents, who were older than 14 years old, and killed them. Located on the hill above the town, the Holocaust Monument was established to honour the people, who died on this tragic day.

The Monastery of Agia Lavra
Near Kalavrita, the Monastery of Agia Lavra is of great significance because there, the Greek Revolution against the Turks was declared on 25th March 1821. You can visit there the chapel and the museum about the history of the outset of the Greek Revolution.

The cog train
The cog train of Kalavrita covers a distance of about 22 km from Kalavrita to Diakofto. It is one of the most beautiful trips in Greece because the train passes through rare natural sceneries and picturesque villages like Zachlorou. Take the train from Kalavrita or Diakofto, and enjoy one hour of breathtaking view that you have not ever seen.


The Cave of the Lakes
20 km from Kalavrita, there is a cave, crossed by an underwater river, which forms many small lakes. You will be impressed by the formations of the stalactites and stalagmites, which make the place a miracle of nature.



 


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