Straight from the pages of a fairytale
A place that combines picturesque images and moments of tranquility with monumental sights, natural beauty and activities galore.
Glorious history, enchanting nature, traditional villages, the legendary rack-and-pinion railway, the unreserved hospitality and the ski centre are only a few of the reasons that make atmospheric Kalavrita a popular year-round destination.
A tour of the town
The first view of the town is the railway station, where you could be forgiven for thinking you’d walked onto the set of a period drama. In the picturesque town centre you will find shops with traditional products and the Palaiologina stately home, restored to its 15th century glory. It is a short walk from the centre to the old primary school that now houses the Municipal Museum of the Holocaust of Kalavrita. The town’s history is inextricably bound to the time of the Nazi occupation of Greece and at the Sacrificial Ground, a huge cross stands as a reminder of the events.
Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra
A visit to this thousand- year- old monastery will naturally awaken your fascination for the stories of the past with its holy relics, records of the Sultan’s decrees, revolutionary banners and flintlocks used when the decision was taken on this very spot to take up arms against the Ottoman oppressors. Under the plane tree of the courtyard monks, priests and brave young men answered the call of history.
Holy Monastery of Mega Spilaion
Perched on a rock, it stands proud with the weight of its history and its own considerable contribution to the struggles of the nation. It is adorned with exquisite 17th century frescoes and houses handwritten gospels and other religious artefacts.