Ano Chora chestnut grove
For nature and forest lovers
For nature and forest lovers, mountainous Nafpaktia is the ideal destination. Ano Chora (old name Megali Lompotina), the most famous village in the area (previously belonged to the Municipality of Apodotia), is built at 1,050 meters above sea level, on the northern slopes of Mount Sirta.
For nature and forest lovers, mountainous Nafpaktia is the ideal destination. Ano Chora (old name Megali Lompotina), the most famous village in the area (previously belonged to 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 visitors with its natural beauty, narrow cobblestone streets in the old market area, traditional coffee shops and the church of Agia Paraskevi. Equally exciting is exploring the surrounding area. Oak, fir, beech, oak, chestnut and cherry trees, cedars, wild flowers, herbs, mushrooms and wild orchids create a fairytale setting with striking color changes every season of the year.
In this stunning environment, many species of small and large mammals, birds and reptiles, such as wild boar, roes, deer, foxes, wolves, lynx, ferrets, hares, hedgehogs, squirrels, partridges, doves, vultures, magpies, blackbirds, grouse, woodpeckers, owls and eagles and golden eagles, dentrogalia, vipers, saitoures, tyflitis, fyllodaktylos and turtles.
Marked ancient trails start from Ano Chora and cross dreamy landscapes through rivers, gorges and running waters, connecting villages and scattered small settlements. There are many options for hikers: The path of Hercules, (Ano Chora – Ampelakiotissa, 3 hours), the path of Atalantis (Ano Chora – Kryoneria, 4 hours and 15΄), the path of Diianira (Ano Chora – Podos, 3 hours), the path of Oinea (Ano Chora – Kato Chora, 1 hour and 45΄). The “blonde fox” path is a rather easy hike – a 6 km path through a dense chestnut tree forest. A truly unique experience for both younger and older hikers.
In October, the entire village as well as the visitors pick chestnuts from the trees. They enjoy a drink of tsipouro and chestnuts in the “Tsipouro and chestnut festival” held every year in the second 10day period of October. By dusk on Friday, the stills for the tsipouro and the fire for the chestnuts are set up on the square and from Saturday morning the first visitors arrive, while the tables are filled with pies, fritters, baklavas and other local sweets and dishes prepared by the women of the village. November is Mushroom month in Ano Chora and a favorite destination for every foodie.
Ano Chora is 55km from Nafpaktos, 275 km from Athens, 75 km from Patras, 90 km from Karpenisi and 222 km from Ioannina.
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