PLACES OF INTEREST

KASTRO CHLEMOUTSI

The beautiful village of Kastro is located only three kilometres from the Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort. The imposing castle standing on the top of the hill was built in 1220 by the Franks and is considered an exquisite and representative sample of the fortification techniques of this period. Concerts and various cultural events often take place in the Castle of Chlemoutsi, by both local and foreign artists.

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 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 offers a virgin environment, vrtually untouched by human activity. It is probably 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, with waterfalls and natural pools between wooded hill slopes, under the shade of huge plane-trees, oaks, fig-trees and dense vegetation

THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO EPIKOUROS

Hidden in a wild landscape, on a narrow terrace of Mt. Kotilion, at 3.710 ft., 14 km southwest of Andritsena, is the magnificent temple of Apollo Epikouros (called Bassae during ancient times). At this site in the 7th century B.C., the citizens of the small state of Figaleia (Arcadia\Peloponnese) had established the temple of Apollo, whom they worshiped with the title “Epikourios”: 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.

THE FOLOI FOREST (CENTAURIAN FOREST)

Hidden in Mount Erymanthos is the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi). The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for myths and legends. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus, the gentle 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 largest in the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Pholoi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland from network NATURA 2000.