Peloponnese Journals

Arkadian delights

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A travel journal to Peloponnese by MagdaDH_AlexH

Cave of Lakes Photo, Kalavryta, Greece More Photos
Quote: The second leg of our slightly mad drive from the northern to southern Greece, covering minor Peloponesses attractions and a stay in a strange village on a hillside.

Mont Helmos Hotel

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Hotel | "Winning pool"

Mont Helmos Hotel Photo, Kalavryta, Greece
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We spent a night at Mount Helmost Hotel in late June 2011. It is the principal hotel in the small village of Kleitoria located ten miles south of the mountain resort Kalavryta. We paid 60 euros per night for ours stay in a triple room (a double for us, a single for the Older Child and, as we found worked better than any attempts at bed sharing, a camping mat for the younger one). The room was on the upper ground floor and quite comfortable, with enough space for us and the stuff we tend to lug into every hotel room. The beds were comfortable, the linen clean and the whole result, although a little shabby, worked fine for us. Air-conditioning worked well. The bathroo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2012

Mont Helmos Hotel
Klitoria Village
Kalavryton-kleitorias, Greece
26920-31221

Cave of Lakes

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Attraction | "Underground waterworks"

Cave of Lakes Photo, Kalavryta, Greece
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The Cave of Lakes, or the Lake Caves are a major attraction local to the Kalavryta area. Located about 4 miles north of Kleitoria where we spent a night in the Mont Helmos hotel, the caves are closest to the village of Kastria (Castri). The caves, formed in the limestone of Mt Helmos, apparently by what used to be an underground river, were discovered in 1965 by the local villagers, though there is a myth associated with a Mt Helmos cave too. Daughters of a king of Tiryns who claimed to be more beautiful then Hera and refused to worship Dionysus were punished by madness, running wild through the hills of Peloponesse, believing that they were cows and spreading a plague of infanticide. Mel...Read More

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Cave of Lakes
Village of Kastria
Kalavryta, Achaia

Sleepy little Mega Town

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Megalopolis theatre Photo, Greece, Europe
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Megalopolis, as the name suggests, was a major regional centre in Arcadia, the first one of the kind when it was founded around 370BC as a counterweight to Sparta. Nowadays it remains the largest town of the area (though the capital of the whole of Arcadia is a much-larger Tripoli) and sits in this valley, flanked somewhat unromantically by two power plants (which apparently supply great proportion of electricity needed in the whole of Peloponnese). Despite sounding very grand, Megalopolis is a sleepy little place with a population barely above five thousand people, a small market town with a few shops and bars, but busy with locals that come from the surrounding villages. For a tour...Read More
Karitena Photo, Greece, Europe
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From Kleitoria and the Lake Caves of Kastria (which used to be in Arcadia in historical times but are now in the administrative region of Achaia) we drive across the increasingly wilder mountains of Peloponnese into the Arcadia proper. The name has many associations and resonates widely in the European culture, commonly signifying an unspoilt land, idyllic nature, closer to some kind of utopian paradise of a simple, happy, pastoral life than to the reality of desperately poor goatherds chasing stock around hillsides covered in prickly bushes. It's beautiful, though, and although happy shepherds have been a bit thin on the ground, Arcadia has a great warrior tradition, as do many mounta...Read More

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

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Attraction | "Dead temple"

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae Photo, Greece, Europe
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The temple of Apollo Epicurius (Protector) at Bassae is situated on a side of Mt Kotillion at an altitude of over three thousand feet. Built from local grey limestone, it combines Doric and Ionic column styles. It's quite astonishing that this grand building was erected in this provincial backwater and nobody really knows why or by who precisely it was built. The architect of the temple is known, though, being Iktinos, one of the two main designers of Athenian Parthenon. The temple was admired in the ancient times and in the modern era it became popular as a perfect off-the-beaten-track gem, appreciated for the harmony of the building and the wonderful mountain setting. It was entered on ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 15, 2012

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
Near Village of Skliros
Bassae, Messinia Prefecture, Greece
0626/22254