Masterpieces of nature, antiquity and Orthodoxy in a harmonious coexistence
Water brings life and vigour to everything here; rivers, lakes and lagoons, sea and wetlands. In the midst are mighty mountains, picturesque villages and monuments that bear witness to the rollercoaster of history and intense religious traditions.
Images of nature
It is really a question of what to admire first!
Forty-fine villages are dotted across the summits of the Kravara mountains in MountainousNafpaktia. The River Evinos threads ribbon-like through the dense vegetation. Evinolimni lake, nestled in the mountains, looks like a blue brushstroke on a green canvas.
At the point where the Aetolian plain touches the sea, rises Varasova, one of the best abseiling centres in Greece.
Follow the riverside footpath along the life-giving Acheloos and wander around the exquisite ash tree forest in Lesini, embellished by the white of its suave willows. What photographer could do justice to the colours of the setting sun in the lagoon of Messolonghi and Aitoliko? Or in Lake Trichonida with a vastness that puts you in mind of the sea?
The first federal state of antiquity, which was based on democratic values, left its legacy in ancient Thermo. It was in Thermo that the missionary and rebel rouser St Kosmas Aetolos started his remarkable work.
The prefecture can boast of the largest number of ancient theatres. In Stratos, Oiniades, Kalydona, Plevrona and Nea Makynia the theatres reflect the rich spiritual heritage.
In heroic Messolonghi visit the Garden of Heroes as a tribute to the sacrifice of the locals during the Greek revolution while in beautiful Nafpaktos enjoy the view from the Venetian castle to the harbor and a new landmark of modern history, the bridge of Rio-Antirio.
The star of the table in Aitoloakarnania is the fish roe of Messolonghi. It is accompanied by gabares prawns from the Amvrakikos Gulf and the fried smelt of Trichonida which moved to the fresh water of the lake from the salty sea. The Greek salad is rich in olives of the Kalamon variety and sprinkled with exquisite local olive oil.
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Proud beauty that speaks for itself. It captures your gaze, then your heart. You can view it at a distance from Rio, surrounded by lush forest and crowned by an imposing medieval fortification. One visit is enough to win you over with its unsullied beauty and the cultural aura exuded by its ever-present historic monuments. […]
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