Kalavrita, The Agia Lavra Monastery

The Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra is located 5 kilometers southwest of the town of Kalavrita. Upon delivery and data available, the history of the monastery begins during the times of the Byzantine Emperor Nikiforos Fokas. The monastery was founded by the monk Eugenius who got there from Mount Athos. It started being built in 961 at Palaiomonastiro (west of the current location). With the passage of time the monastery grew both on physical infrastructure and manpower. At its best it had gathered 960 monks. During the Turkish occupation it was a center of national action. Burned in 1585 by

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Kalavryta: Vouraikos gorge with Odontotos rack railway

Kalavryta and the surrounding area are a touristic resort throughout the year. It’s a land with history and incomparable natural beauties. For thousands of years, the Vouraikos River starts its journey from Kalvryta, runs through the homonymous gorge and is poured at Diakopto into the Corinthian Gulf. Odontotos rack railway or cog railway is considered as the most impressive train trip in Balkans. This route starts from the seaside town Diakopto and ends in Kalavryta, the mountainous area of the North-western Peloponnese. The entire route is parallel with the route of the Vouraikos River, the most through the gorge. Because

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The village of Metsovo

The Municipality of Metsovo consists of the municipal districts of Metsovo, Anilio, Anthochori and Votonosi. The mountainous terrain consists of strong elevations while many species of the flora and fauna find refuge in the dense forests. The area has a rich hydrographic network. Here rises the Aoos river, which flows to the north and through Albania into the Adriatic Sea and has created the homonym artificial lake, the Arachthos river that flows to the south and ends up to the Gulf of Amvrakikos, the Pineios river etc. The continental climate brings a long and hard winter with heavy rain- and

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The summit of Kaimaktsalan

The term Boras or Kaimaktsalan (name of the mountain which means white top) is the third highest mountain of Greece at an altitude of 2,524 m. The Kaimaktsalan rises along the Greek-Yugoslav border, while the largest part  of the Greek section belongs to the prefecture of Pella. The mount Boras attracts nature lovers and hikers, as well as thousands of skiers who visit the modern facilities of Ski Center Boras, while the Greek skiing national team and most ski schools  start their preparation there. The Ski Center-Bora Kaimaktsalan is 45 km from the beautiful city of Edessa and grows in

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The town of Karpenisi

In the central part of Greece there is a remote area known as Karpenisi. Karpenisi is a small town, situated in a valley area of the Karpenisiotis River, a tributary of the Achelous and the Megdova Rivers. The area around Karpenisi is mountainous while farmlands are mainly in valley areas. Mount Tymfristos lies to the north elevating at nearly 2,315 m. Another mountain dominates the south. Karpenisi is a popular destination, especially during winter. The town has an alpine-village feel to it, with chalet-style lodgings mixed in among its churches, tavernas and bakeries. The traditional architecture has been preserved intact

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The mountain of Pelion

Pelion is a mountain in the prefecture of Magnesia next to the city of Volos , with a height of 1,624 feet (top Pourianos Cross). In Greek mythology it was the summer residence of the gods and home of the Centaurs . It spreads from northwest to southeast with an approximate length of 44 km and a width ranging from 10 km in the south to 25 km in the north. The highest peak is located on the north side of the mountain and not is visited because of the existence of military bases. The whole mountain is covered with

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The town of Grevena

Vast forests and abundant water characterize the prefecture of Grevena. Its capital is Grevena City, built in an area full of vegetation.It is worthwhile to visit the Cathedral, the Central Public Library and the Theatre, built in Kastraki according to ancient Greek models. Of stunning beauty are the villages of the Sierra Voio: Amigdalies, Lohmi and Aidonia. On the higher slopes of Mount Liggos, lie the facilities of the ski resort of Vasilitsa. It is especially known for its small chalet and its ski tracks that are an ideal place for snowboarders. Another reason that it is so popular, is

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Dimitsana – Stemnitsa – Vytina

Dimitsana Dimitsana is an enjoyable medieval village which is built amphitheatrically in an altitude of 950m, on the top of two hills where begins the gorge of Lousios. This small area played a very important role during the Greek struggle for independence, against the Turkish rule. A Greek school which was constructed in 1764 was the ‘’incubator’’ for revolutionary ideas and plans leading to the uprising. This school ‘’born’’ two of the key-personalities of the growing revolution; Bishop Germanos of Patra and Gregory V the Patriarch. The last was hanged by the Turks in reprisal for the huge massacre of

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