Alternative getaways in the countryside
The area of the mountainous region of Nafpaktia or Kravara, as it was previously called, is an exciting mountain destination located in the eastern part of Aitoloakarnania, north of Nafpaktos and between the lake Trichonis and Fokida. Set in the southern ends of the mountain ranges of Pindos, Oxia, Panaitoliko and Vardousia, with the river Mornos, the river Evinos and its tributary Kotsalos in the south, the region comprises about 55 villages, “small eagle nests” in the heart of lush forests of fir trees, walnut trees, beech and chestnut trees.
In the mountainous region of Nafpaktia you will encounter landscapes and experiences of the authentic Greek countryside life- natural paths linking quaint villages with stone-built houses, forests, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, tsipouro, wine, chestnuts, mushrooms, country fairs and celebration gatherings.
Municipal district of Apodotia
Ano Chora (former name Megali Lompotina), the most famous village in the area (previously the seat of the Municipality of Apodotia), is built at 1,050 meters above sea level on the northern slopes of Mount Sirta. Picturesque and beautiful, it impresses with its natural beauty, the narrow, cobbled streets in the old market area, the traditional coffee shops and the imposing church of Agia Paraskevi. Next to the church, you can see "Karnavalos", the small old colorful bus that connected Ano Chora and Kato Chora with Nafpaktos until 1983.
Kato Chora (formerly Mikra or Kato Lobotina) is built on the southern slopes of the Omaliasmountain range, between two creeks that meet and form the stream Lobotianitiko.
Abelakiotissa, also known by its former name Kozitsa, is a village in the middle of a lush green landscape, like most villages in the area. A short distance from Ano Chora, under the impressive rocky peak Tsekoura, it overlooks the wild Kakavos gorge, where the famous stone bridge is located.
Elatou is the ideal escape destination, lying at 1,050 meters above sea level on the verdant slopes of the Kerasovouni peak. Here, nature really steals the show.
The village of Kryoneria, built at an altitude of 1,200 meters in mountainous Nafpaktia, is a green heaven combining an amazing natural landscape with culture.
Grammeni Oxia is hidden in the arms of mountains and forests, where the only commodity (as it has been said) is the abundant wild beauty of its landscapes. The whole area is a monument of natural beauty!
Municipal district of Platanos
Platanos is a traditional village, one of the main villages in northwestern Nafpaktia. It lies on the slopes of Mount Alonaki, at an altitude of 850m., amidst a lush forest with clusters of firs and deciduous trees (elms, wild apples, maples, oaks, etc.), in the heart of the Kravara region.
After the construction of the Evinos dam, Agios Dimitrios became a quaint lakeside village and thus has been given a new life and prospects, like all the other “Evinochoria”: Neochori, Arachova, Klepa and Perdikovrysi, all overlooking the beautiful man-made Evinos lake.
Arachova is a small mountain village in the Municipality of Nafpaktos, near the border with Evrytania. It is built on the slopes of the Vardousia mountains and has a panoramic view of Evinolimni (Evinos lake).
One of the main villages in the Municipality of Platanos, Klepa is built on the right bank of the Evinos river and features a truly unique natural environment. The verdant mountain slopes surrounding the village, the sound of running water in the streams, the fresh air and the scent of century old trees create a nature lovers paradise.
Municipal District of Pylene
Simou, one of the main villages of Nafpaktia (former seat of the Municipality of Pylini), is located on the southwestern foothills of Mount Kalpaki. It is considered the pre-eminent craftsman village of Nafpaktia and is stands out for the architecture of its houses.
Palaiopyrgos (previously called Velvitsaina) lies in the western foothills of Mount Vlasinias. It got its name from the old Towerhouse (Koulia tou Kanavou or Kanavopyrgos) which is located in the rural region of Marathias – the region once belonged to the Kanavos family, a prominent family of landlords in Kravara.
Situated amidst the beautiful mountains of Nafpaktia, built in two facing slopes at an altitude of 760 meters, Eleftheriani is the ideal destination for all those seeking to take a deep breath of nature and leave behind the hectic life of the city.