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Kalavryta is one of the most popular destinations in Achaia,77 kilometers from its capital, Patras.

It is a mountainous town, which is inextricably linked to winter tourism, as it is home to thousands of visitors each year who come to indulge in winter sports at an adjacent ski resort.

The area around Kalavryta was also inhabited in antiquity, as in 776 BC. To the southeast of today's Kalavryta is a settlement called Kinnithi, which also shows the love of the locals for hunting. The name Kalavryta appears during the Frankish occupation and comes from the words good moss, as the liquid element was particularly rich both inside and outside the Achaian town.

The seaside town of Diakopto is 22 km away, with which Kalavryta is connected via the famous junction rail. This railroad is the only one of its kind in the world, and it crosses a magnificent route through the imposing Gorge of the Vouraik River. In the area around Kalavryta the visitor will find many and remarkable monasteries, most notably the Great Cave Monastery and the Holy Lavra Monastery.

In the shade of Mount Helmos, at an altitude of 756 meters, lies the picturesque town of Kalavryta, which is a constant reference point for both winter and winter visitors, 14 km away and for those who come. to admire the unique natural landscape and wander around destinations of particular natural beauty throughout the year.

The only experience that the visitor has nothing to lose is the jogging train linking Kalavryta with Diakofto. Hooked by stone, the jagged "mountains" traverse the Vouraikos Gorge and leave the traveler unaware of the spectacular scenery: lush vegetation, wild landscapes, waterfalls and caverns form the landscape of a V It has been characterized. The tooth was built 117 years ago and its path remained unchanged through time. The journey takes about an hour and covers a distance of 22 kilometers.

Central to the town is the picturesque street of the Agora, where you can find herbs, nuts, honey, noodles, chestnuts, and the famous rose sugar, rose spoon sweet. Inside the city is also the famous Paleologina Mansion, a restored 15th-century building that has been transformed into a cultural mansion.

Nearby is the Municipal Museum of the Kalavriti Holocaust, which was created with the money inherited in 1897 by Andreas Sygros to the Greek State, to be used for the creation of schools and institutions. The Museum is housed in the building where it was part of the tragedy of December 13, 1943, which has become known in history as one of the worst war crimes ever committed against Greece. The school was repaired and in 1986 a listed monument was erected which would house the Museum, which stands today as a remembrance of all those who were unjustly lost in the ravages of violence. About 500 meters east of the city lies the hill of Kapi, where we meet the Sacrifice Place with the Great Cross, standing as a reminder of the execution of the inhabitants by the German conquerors.

The area around Kalavryta is full of religious monuments, which testify to the intense monastic life developed in the area. Of particular importance is the Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra, 5 km southwest of Kalavryta, which played an important role during the Greek Revolution of 1821, as this was where the fighters took the oath of office from the Germanic Patriots and raised the banner of the Eparchy there. is still kept in the monastery. An important monastery is also the Holy Monastery of the Big Cave, 10 km northeast of Kalavryta, which was built in 362 and preserves a large number of great relics, including the icon of the Virgin Mary designed by Evangelist Luke.

At about 17 km from Kalavryta is another important geological attraction, the Cave of Lakes. Located in the village of Kastria, it is a rare creation of nature, with a unique phenomenon that is not found in any other cave in the world: the many small lakes that form inside it extend over three different levels. 500 meters of the cave have been used so far. The visitor enters the second floor through an artificial tunnel, while the lakes pass through small artificial bridges. The cave is of particular paleontological interest as it discovered fossilized human bones, as well as animal bones and a hippopotamus.


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