A leading nature escape

Τhe Vivid Land of Achaia

Stunning scenes of verdant, forested gorges, lofty mountain peaks and vivacious waters.

Included in the Natura 2000 protection programme, the unique habitats in mountainous Achaia, and especially in the Kalavrita area, are pure heaven for those who love scenery of the unspoilt and unexpected variety. Climbers, hikers, nature lovers and winter sport fans, Kalavrita is your destination!

Wander around enchanting forests and the important National Park

With dozens of endemic species of flora and fauna and an array of ecosystems, Helmos National Park safeguards our natural heritage and conducts you through its entire majestic repertoire via its innumerable footpaths. In the Forest of National Independence, next to Kalavrita, you can saunter through a sea of beautiful fir trees, diligently protected under the Natura scheme. But the woodland variety does not stop there!  Kaniska Forest is populated by the region’s largest conglomeration of sturdy oaks, while on Mt Afrodisio you will find chestnut trees that have withstood a hundred winters in the famous Barbou forest. And for those experiencing beatitude at high altitude, the summit of Helmos, Neraidorahi, awaits at an imposing 2100 m for you to admire the cascading display at Styga, an impressive waterfall famed since the antiquity.


Atmospheric lakes, a unique cave and a gorge with a difference

The element of water permeates through every acre of the vivid land of Achaia, bringing the mountainsides and valleys to life. Another breathtaking example of the creative powers of water is the steep gorge of the Vouraikos, which will take you on a journey past white water torrents, caves and incredible fauna. If you have 6 hours at your disposal, you can experience the whole thing on foot, otherwise the historic rack and pinion railway is there to whisk you back in time as well as chug up and down the gorge.

The kingdom of winter sports

Enjoy the snow in every possible way: Ski, snowboard, sleighs, snow tubes and snowmobiles await in Kalavrita ski centre so you can conquer Helmos in the style you wish. You may also be surprised to hear that activities in the  centre continue into the summer months as well, giving you the opportunity to go paragliding for a jaw-dropping view from up high, or observe the stars with Aristarchos, the biggest telescope in the Balkans!

Unwrap exciting winter surprises in Kalavrita. Be moved by its unspoilt beauty and the promise of action and quiet euphoria.

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