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Spring in Western Greece

Spring time escapes in Western Greece

Nature wakes from the lethargy of winter and invites us to a feast of colours and aromas.

Forests with heavenly scents, calm blue lakes and lagoons, verdant valleys, footpaths where colorful wild flowers pop up, rivers with powerful waters; a wonderful cascade of images of spring in Western Greece. The mild weather and a chance to avoid the crowds lead us to small and great escapes in its newly blossoming landscapes.

Spring time excursions

It’s the best time to see archaeological sites! Ancient Olympia is like something out of a dream in this season. A carpet of bright green unfolds to reveal its monuments basking in the reflected sparkle of sea and sand. Carry on to ancient Ilida, where athletes prepared for the Olympic Games, and ancient Thermo, the «Acropolis to all of Aetolia» and you’ll find the springtime spell remains unbroken.

Enjoy the comings and goings in the fresh air and sunshine in traditional seaside towns of Astakos and Mytikas and enjoy a coffee under the plane trees of the square of Thermo. Take romantic walks in the Castles of Nafpaktos, Vonitsa and Hlemoutsi in Kyllini and lose yourselves in the magical vistas that spring concocts.

Hiking on Arakynthos amongst chestnut, oak and a multitude of other trees, you will feel the tranquility of the mountain. In the mountain range of Nafpaktia the chirping of the birds will escort you along footpaths festooned with anemones and poppies. For hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 routes, the forest of Foloi, with roads and tracks flanked by a dense blanket of oak, is ideal.

And why deny ourselves a dive in the sea, weather permitting? Lakopetra, Tigania, Kourouta and Psani are beaches with crystal clear waters, if you feel brave enough!

Spring festivals

May Day is celebrated with outdoor feasts in squares, Kathara Deftera or «Clean Monday», the beginning of lent, with traditions such as Ahyrenios-Gligorakis in Vonitsa. Feel the deep religious devotion of the Holy Days of Easter in the services of the monasteries and the procession of the Holy Bier around squares and harbours –such as Nafpaktos – and experience the tumultuous celebrations when the Day of the Resurrection arrives; the no-holes-barred firecracker extravaganzas in Τhe Vivid Land of Achaia Land, for instance, have to be seen, and heard, to be believed. And then, combining all the local customs with generous helpings of the local cuisine makes a thoroughly palatable experience.

The season when nature sparkles in Western Greece. Welcome back spring! See the show!

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