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Routes: Lechaio – Velo (coast and hinterland)

Here, where green and azure combine in their own unique way, hundreds of tourists spend unforgettable and relaxing summer holidays.

The crystalline sea, the virgin green that frames the golden, sandy beaches and the open hospitality of the residents makes this a place to spend unforgettable moments.

The northern part of Corinthia consists of an endless series of beaches with a fertile plain with citrus trees, vines and olive trees separating them from the semi-highland area.

After Corinth in the direction towards Derveni one arrives at the municipality of Assos-Lechaio consisting of the villages of Assos, Kato Assos, Lechaio and Perigiali, which is the seat of the municipality.

Lechaio took its name from the mythical Lechis, son of the god of the sea Poseidon and the renowned spring Peirene, who was the daughter of the river god Achelous. It was the most important port of the archaic and classical periods, by reason of its closeness to the city and the direction of the trade of Ancient Corinth, towards the west. The whole conception and construction of the port was a technological miracle in ancient times, which was later copied by the Romans and applied to many other ports. Although the archaeological area belongs to the municipality of Corinth today Lechaio remains a popular tourist resort. On the beach there is a camping site, a calm place shaded by huge poplar trees.

Further on from Lechaio the road takes us to Perigiali, a very beautiful seaside village with crystalline waters ideal for swimming and relaxation.

The journey continues, taking us to Kato Assos, an ideal place for quiet walks alongside nature and along its excellent well-kept beach, also the local taverns offer tasty snacks and traditional Greek cooking.

In the village of Assos, in the hinterland, the beautiful church of Taxiarches stands out; it contains icons of great artistic merit. It was built in 1822 to commemorate the flight of the Turks on the day of the celebration of Taxiarches.

After Assos we arrive at Vrachati, a significant attraction for visitors, especially during the summer months. Many small taverns and restaurants throughout the village offer unique moments for their visitors. Hotels and guesthouses are abundant in the area. Vrachati owes its name to the goddess Ate, the goddess of catastrophe. The goddess Ate, provoking disaster, caused torrents of muddy waters to flood the basin of the district invoking damage to cultivation, livestock and the inhabitants.

Close to Vrachati is the village of Evangelistria, where the preserved church of Agios Nicolaos is worth a visit.

The municipality of Vochas, an excellent mixture of colors, between the blue of the sea and the green of its fertile land, consists of the communities of: Vrachati, Vochaiko, Bolati, Evangelistria, and Zevgolatio, which is the seat of the municipality, Souligari and Halki. The word Vocha is ancient Greek the root of which means, an expanse of land rich in pastures suitable for cattle grazing.

The economy of Vocha is mainly supported by tourism in the seaside area and by agriculture in the developed inland area.

From Vrachati the road crosses agricultural holdings to the south of Vochaiko and rises into the agricultural hinterland, beside the torrent Zapanti, which in ancient times was the border between Corinth and Sicyon. The plain to the right was the famous “Sicyon Plain” of the ancients, one of the most fertile plains of Greece. Today it is full of vineyards and olive groves, while clumps of pines and cypress add the finishing bush strokes to the landscape. Continuing into the agricultural hinterland we reach Zevgolatio a purely agricultural area with many units for the processing, packing and conserving of agricultural produce. Here it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the small picturesque church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in a uniquely beautiful plane wood.

During the summer masses of people gather in Zevgolatio to enjoy the International Festival of traditional song and dance.

The calm Zapanti valley is planted with vines of the famous Corinthian sultana also many varieties of citrus trees and olive groves.

The steep, sheer slopes are decorated with thick pine forests, while the western slopes form “waves” created by landslides. This phenomenon appears on the banks of the torrent-bed Zastano at Soulinari and forming the “White Rock”, which owes its name to the white colour that is prominent throughout the valley.

At the settlement of Nerantza, after Vrachati, there is a well organised beach that has been awarded the “Blue Flag” by the European Union as has the beach at Kokkoni. Continuing on from Nerantza, for about 2 km., we come to Velo, the seat of the municipality, with the church of Agios Phanourios standing in one of its squares.

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