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In order for the visitor to reach the Stymphalia and Feneos region, getting out of the National Road Corinth – Patrai exit to Kiato, he follows a south direction and he gets in the Kaisarios plain, with the homonym village on the right, at the slope of the hill. The little neck of Lagovounio, which the road crosses, unites the Pellini valley to the Stymphalia valley. A right detour of the road leads to the picturesque Kefalari, at the boarders of Zireia inside the platans. The old platan that covers the square has its own history.

Continuing to the south and leaving at the left the junction that leads to the eastern villages of Stymphalia, Asprokampos and Psari, the visitor meets Kallianoi, while a little later lake Stymphalia rises over the horizon, which was the legendary nest of the Stymphalia Hens, a rare wetland, integrated in the Natura network. The road that unfolds to the feet of Oligyrtos ends up in Lafka and offers an enchanting view to the lake and Ziria. It is the road of connection of the area with the Argolida and Arcadia Prefectures. From that route one can reach also the Adriane Aquarium, which even today makes the irrigation of the Vocha plain easier. From Lafka begin marked paths that lead to the Oligyrtos tops, Skipiza and Gribini (2, 5 hours each route).

The most usual road of crossing the Stymphalia region is the west one, which follows the feet of Killini, crosses the villages Stymphalia and Kionia and offers beautiful mirages of Oligyrtos on the calm waters of the lake. From that road, the ruins of ancient Stymphalos and Zaraka Convent are accessible, which the visitor leaves at the left, shortly before he reaches the lake. Afterwards, the road crosses Karteri and ascending it reaches the picturesque Kastania, built at 1000 ms altitude, drowning in pine trees, found at the road that leads to Feneos region. The road, after ascending till the Mavrovounio – Gerontio neck, comes in Feneos, offering the most panoramic view of the homonym plain.

Feneos plateau is located at about 700 m and its natural borders are 3 of the most famous mountains of Peloponnese: Killini at north, Oligyrtos at east-south and the Chelmos mountain chain at west. Thousands of years ago, it was a lake, whose waters though were gradually conveyed to cesspools (according to mythology, by Hercules), offering to the residents of the region, a land fecund and fruitful. However, the cesspools occasionally were fenced, flooding the plain and destroying the cultivations. The last time they were fenced was in 1821. Many settlements and cultivations were flooded. The tracks of the lake are still visible at the borders of the mountains surrounding the valley, which remain without vegetation, infertile, naked, a phenomenon marked even by Pafsanias during its traveling through the region.

Descending from Kastania saddle, the road crosses the village Mossia, then Messino, at whose exit it is ramified. The one branch leads to ancient Feneos and Panorama and the other, at the west, leads to villages Goura, Steno, Feneo and Tarso. Following the first route, one has the opportunity to visit the artificial lake “Doxa”, at the feet of the Aroanians. The lake has been completely embodied by the surrounding mountains, creating a landscape of exceptional beauty, which gave Feneos the surname “Corinthian Switzerland”. At one of the slopes that circle the lake stands the Agios Georgios the “Killer” Monastery. The convent was founded at the 14th century by building a small church. That church today, renamed Agios Fanourios, stands out as an artificial peninsula in the middle of the lake Doxa, was transferred in the 17th century to its current position and played a defining role to 1821’s revolution, as a meeting place for the Hetaeria. The convent’s balcony offers the best view to the alpine landscape of the lake, and the monk offers the visitors rose jam.

The convent is connected by road to Feneos, Steno and Goura. There, it is worth standing and admiring its beautiful square with the prominent stone-built church and the mansions of the Revolution chieftain Nicolaos Oikonomou – Gouras, Sarlis and Mourtis, built in the middle of the 19th century.

Finally, from Steno the road follows a north direction, unfolding next to the banks of Olvios river, it crosses the village Tarsos with the Holy Monastery of Panagia of Vrachos (Virgin Mary of the Rock), a monastery built under the shadow of a huge rock that brings to mind Meteora and it comes in the forest of Sarantapicho, ending at the western end of the Prefecture, Evrostini Municipality.

Evrostini region, during the antiquity belonged to Achaia. Derveni is located 54 kms west of Corinth (exit from the National Road Athens – Corinth at 141st km). If, starting from Derveni, we follow a south direction, we cross the village Rozena and we reach the semi-mountainous settlement of Evrostini or Zacholi, built at the cover of the homonym plateau, which offers an enchanting view to the Corinthian coasts and also magnificent naturalist and historic routes. The visitor can wander at the Myloi current – a natural ravine with small lakes, waterfalls and wooden bridges – or the Zacholi plateau, where a thick forest of black pine is growing. He may also visit restored churches of the area, such as Agios Georgios – with its 17 domes, its traditional fountains and the story of the 7 cypress – trees that decorate its yard – or the Panagia (Virgin Mary) of the Shelters. From Evrostini, the road north (left junction) leads to Chelydori with the famous monastery of Prophet Ilias, while later it reaches Pyrgos, which took its name after the remaining tower house of the middle τουρκοκρατίας. Some think that at the Pyrgos region must be located the ancient settlement of Donoussa, which is mentioned at the ship catalogue of Iliad. At the region foundations of small shrines have been traced, drums of Dorian columns from a small temple of pre-roman times.

If we go south from Evrostini and ascend, we reach Sarantapicho, famous for its thick and rich forest of fir- tree and black pine, inside of which is built. This forest is one of the richest and most rare habitats of Peloponnese. The area used to be a refuge of the last wolves of Peloponnese. At Sarantapicho’s paths, away from the curious eyes of people, partridges, wildcats, horn-owls, weasels, foxes, rabbits, martens etc, keep nesting. In spring, the slopes are full of the smells of all the flowers that grow in the clearings of the forest: honey-suckle, wild roses and others. The meadows are “drowning” with fritallies and the rocks are filled with the small white flowers of yarrow. At the small paradise of Sarantapicho many springs sprout, with the most significant amongst them being the one shown as the bed of an underground river near the Apostles monastery.

A very nice forest route begins at Sarantapicho, crosses all the homonym forest and reaches the picturesque Karya. Karya is built on the NW slopes of Zireia, one of the foremost picturesque villages of Korinthia, with rich folklore and history.


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