Lake Stymfalia - Lake Doksa - Ano Trikala - Planitero - Kalavryta - Nafpaktos - Karperinisi - Lake Plastira -Pavliani - Arachova
Are you ready for the Adventure of your life?The Peloponnese, southern Greece’s much-mythologised peninsula, has something of a reputation for philoxenia. It’s also a region that embodies the very ideal of slow travel: local food and drink, plenty of walking, zero stress, tapping ancient rhythms and community spirit. Monuments from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history, great archeological sites, Byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles, natural beauties such as mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea, beautiful beaches, sandy and smooth coasts on the west – rocky and dentelated on the east, make this part of Greek land ideal for holidays, touring, sports and connecting to the history and culture.
From Arahova to Delphi, Karpenisi and Pavliani via imposing mountains, thick forests and rushing rivers.
Thermopylae, Delphi, Arahova, Nafpaktos, Karpenisi. Whether you love driving, walking, swimming or you are just an enthusiast of all kind of sports, in Central Greece you will discover where the heart of true Greece beats – while being enchanted by the variations of its landscape.
Historical landmarks and monuments, stone built settlements, the Oracle of Delphi, exciting hiking trails, national parks, ski resorts, beaches with turquoise waters, traditional customs and flavours, all tell the story of one of the most beautiful regions in Greece.
Drive in luxury through a beautiful road trip at canal of Corinth. The Corinth Canal is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea.Continue at lake Stymfalia where you can take some pics on this magnificent landscape, swim or just walk around. Just few km further we arrive at famous Doxa lake. Doxa lake is at 880 height and its small perimeter offers a unique chance to walk or cycle around it in order to get an Alpine feeling as the white mountain tops reflect on the usually calm lake's water. The small chapel on almost Doxa is the chapel of Agios Fanourios and somatimes at different spots it may seem as a small island. Continue though an off road route at Goura village where you can have a traditional meal and meet the heartful residents. After that we head to Ano Trikala and to our resort. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
This morning after you have a tonic breakfast we drive to mountain Ziria for an off road adventure. We continue through Pelopponese magnificent landscapes and arrive to Planitero. The village is known for its natural springs and waterfalls that run from the Aroanios river and also the mouth watering trout, served at local food joints. Many hiking paths pass through or near this village and lead to the breathtaking plane forest nearby and to the source of Aroanios river. Just few km from there we visit the famous Cave og the lakes. This cave is really a mystery. Wander around its mysterious galleries and multicolour chambers, and admire impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. What makes this cave quite unique is an unusual formation of cascading lakes that form three different levels within its mouth. Continue our journey at Kalavryta and to our resort. Kalavrita is widely known for its ski resort and its rack railway. Kalavryta will definitely enchant you with its beauty and is simplicity.A dreamy setting with charming squares, cobblestone alleyw and stone houses salutes the romantic souls. The snow-white costume of Chelmos with the abundant fir forest creates a magical setting up until the re-tiled roofs of the Kalavritan houses that sprad over the western slopes of the mountain.
After a delicious breakfast and a walk at wonderful Kalavryta we continue our journey to Nafpaktos. Nafpaktos is among the most picturesque places in mainland Greece. With an intense Medieval character, Nafpaktos Greece charms visitors with the small Venetian port, the relaxing beaches and the green surroundings. The port is the most picturesque spot of the town. A long clean beach starts from the port and extends for long. On the hill above the town, there is a strong Venetian Castle with great view to the sea and the opposite coasts of Peloponnese. At the port, you will see a statue of Cervantes who lost his arm in a naval fight off Nafpkatos in the Medieval times. We drive through a marvelous of road route to Karpenisi. Karpenisi has everything: winter sports, modern comforts, entertainment, magnificent mountains, rushing rivers, beautiful gorges, picturesque villages and historic monasteries. On the slopes of the ski resort in Velouhi, families and friends ski, snowboard and play games in the snow. In the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa, believers bow to the miraculous icon.
After a good breakfast and a tour at beautiful village of Karpenissi we ll head for the famous Lake Plastira. Also known as "Little Switzerland", is surrounded by an idyllic landscape of incomparable natural beauty that captivates the mind at first sight. Dreamlike in all aspects, it is one of the largest artificial lakes in Greece created in a location where in antiquity we could find the confluence of the rivers Tavropos and Achelous. The grandeur of the lake is crowned with the surrounding alpine peaks; snowcapped or green, with rushing streams that flirt with lacy coves, narrow inlets of water between cliffs that create fjord-like scenes and a single luscious green islet in the middle create a mind-blowing landscape which is mirrored in the emerald waters of the lake. The Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter is the starting point for a network of hiking routes which have properly marked as guidance for hikers. Horse-riding in the meadows, adjacent to the Lake is another interesting activity. A full day of activities and landscapes discoverie awaiting for you.
We drive to lake Mornos for an off road adventure. The artificial lake of Mornos was created after the construction of one of the biggest dams in Europe at river Mornos in the area of Lidoriki. Fortunately this did not affect the beauty of the landscape, as it creates a beautiful natural synthesis. Its time for hiking at magical forest of Pavliani! Pavliani forest and recreation park, located between Ano and Kato Pavliani. Start at the Water Power Museum, a group of stone buildings that house the Water Saw, Watermill, Fulling Mill and Whirlpool Tub, which give a fascinating insight into how textiles were woven, treated and washed in the not too distant past. At the next turn in the path lies the heart of the imposing fir forest, where the recreation park has been created with activities for all ages. The more adventurous might want to cross the river using an odd-looking seat-and-rope contraption similar to a suspension traverse... a thrilling experience! We continue to vardousia for an off road adventure in an amazing landscape that will take your breath away. Continue our journey to Arachova and to our resort.
Welcome to Arachova! Sunny days and soft snow at the largest organized ski resort in the country, a destination of unspoilt natural beauty and a village with a lively, cosmopolitan vibe.
When the most dazzling winter destination in Greece is comprised of the best ski resort in Greece and a stone-built village with a cosmopolitan ambience, then your trip is bound to be unique. Mountain Parnassos and the Livadi plateau: fun in the snow and the perfect winter holiday destination. Arahova boasts a lively nightlife, excellent food and fabulous luxury accommodation. Discover wooded ridges, hills and a forest of black pine trees and firs that just seems to go on forever. Along with Olympus National Park, the Parnassos National Park is the oldest in Greece, covering about 35,000 sq m with countless trails and forest roads.
This morning after you have a good breakfast we drive to Delphoi. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.We continue to Chaeronea through a wonderful off road trip.Chaeronea was the site of several historical battles. Best known is that of 338 BCE, between Philip II of Macedon and a coalition of various Greek states, mainly Thebes and Athens. We dive into the history with a visit in the Archaeological Museum of Chaeronea.
The climate in Greece is predominately Mediterranean with mild and rainy winters and warm and dry summers
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