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Agrinio

In the embrace of Acheloos

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Nature, history and tradition in harmonious accord.

Agrinio is a known and at the same time «unknown» city. We know it as one of the largest cities in Western Greece, an active financial and commercial centre, a living city. However, a tour of the surrounding area, with the city as your starting point, will come as a pleasant surprise, since it reveals a diverse, stunningly beautiful landscape, archaeological sites and religious monuments of special significance.

A revealing walk

Wandering around the city, you will see vestiges of the past emerging, helping you to piece together its much storied history. The buildings of the tobacco warehouses, samples of industrial architecture from a bygone age, reveal the close connection the area has with tobacco, while the widespread excavation findings exhibited in the Papastrateion Archaeological Museum give ample illustration of the important role the area played in the Aetolian League, the federation of communities and cities of the region in ancient times.

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Fascination all around

Archaeological Site of Stratos

The ancient city of Stratos, one of the largest and best fortified city-states of Akarnania, stood to the west of Acheloos river. The remnants of the ancient Agora, the temple of Zeus Stratios and the city walls still stand to this day, with the almost intact ancient theatre its most impressive monument.

Panagia Vlahernon (Our Lady of Vlaherna)

At a short distance from the village of Lepenou lies the Holy Chapel of Panagia Vlahernon, built at the beginning of the 20th century in order to house the miraculous icon of the Holy Virgin.

Vlohos Monastery

Making your way along the northern banks of Acheloos river, you will pass by the agrarian Towns of Panaitolio and Kainourgio. From there you should visit the Vlohos Monastery, where the Holy Temple of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary stands out for its remarkable icon screen.

Even the ash forests in Trichonio and Lesini have been marked out for their ecological value and exquisite beauty, while the village of Paravola is built on the site of ancient Voukatio, still overlooked by remnants of its Acropolis on the hill above.

West of Trichonida lies another vibrant theatre of ecology, Lake Lysimachia, and the nearby thermal baths of Mourtsianos and Chelova represent nature’s outstretched hand in an invitation to wellness and revitalization.

Finally, the historic Pantokratoras Monastery in Aggelokastro and Katerinou Monastery on Arakynthos, where the icon of «Our Lady Enthroned» is an impressive sight, are definitely worth a visit.

Verdant landscape all around, mountains crowning the horizon, lakes reflecting beauty. Cast your own reflection in beautiful waters.

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