LOUTRAKI - ST PATAPIOS - TEMPLE OF HERA - BLUE LAKE
-Enjoy a stroll along Loutrakis promenade with many cafe bars, restaurants and tavernas overlooking the Corinthian Gulf and Mount Geraneia with its many monasteries.
-Enjoy your coffee/refreshments with local traditional patisseries from authentic sweet-shops (zaharoplastio) like PAPADAKIS.
-You will also have the opportunity to enjoy local coffee bars like Elnino,Paul's,Sax,Cafe Coral e.t.c
-Visit GERANEIA GREEK DELIGHTS a family business that has been operating since 1958. Producing the same traditional sweets from the start right up to today,you will have the opportunity to try and buy the LOUKOUMI (Greek Delight) at amazing prices, as well as the traditional water sweets known as VANILLA. ( www.geraneia.gr)
-Breathtaking views of the Corinthian and Saronic Gulf's together with the Isthmus Canal, mainland and the Peloponesse, especially the South-West Coast.
-Enjoy free Greek coffee and Greek delights from the nuns residing in the monastery.
Temple of Hera
-Temple of Hera Akraia -St. Johns "tiny" church
-Today visitors to Ancient Heraion also get the chance to have a wonderful refreshing swim from the sanctuary beach or a chance to do some "cliff-jumping" from the surrounding rocks for the more adventurous, as the sea in the sanctuary cove is both deep and clear.
-Malagavi Lighthouse which is situated above ancient Heraion, on the western tip of cape Malagavi in the Gulf of Corinth. One of the oldest stone lighthouses in Greece built in 1897 that is still in operation. You can get to the lighthouse by walking up a small pathway. There are some spectacular views from the lighthouse of the Corinthian gulf,the rugged coastline and unusual rock formation in the sea nearby and of the Isthmus Canal.
-Enjoy delicious food from the local fish taverns like Lindo and Mantas Bay.
-Enjoy your refreshing swim and bathe under the Helenic sun.
Loutraki,a destination full of surprises is a coastal town which is internationally known for its thermal springs built in the northern part of the Corinthian Gulf's cove at the foot of Mount Geraneia.
The thermal springs of Loutraki were famous from antiquity when the city was called Thermai, in honour of Thermia Artemis. The region is also famous for its natural mineral waters .
St Patapios Monastery
Spiritual Greece...On the slopes of Mount Geraneia St. Patapios monastery stands imposingly for centuries. It is located at just 14 kilometers from the town of Loutraki at an altitude of 700 meters.
Miraculous relics of Blessed Patapios are placed in one of the caves inside the monastery. The cave located near the one that houses the relics is the place where the patron saint had lived. His relics were found in the cave in 1904 under a roof of tiles and leaves made to be protected from the humidity of the cave. They spread a pleasant odour . Over them was placed a scroll with the name Saint Patapios , a large wooden cross and several Byzantine coins.
Today in the cave of the Saint already exists a small church and a sacristy, both carved into the mountain. The relics are kept in a beautifully carved wooden coffin deep in the cave. Inside the cave there are some wonderful Byzantine frescoes dating from the 13th century.
The central church of the monastery of Loutraki is dedicated to our Lady and the monastery community includes approximately 40 nuns each enlivened in her cell in prayer and ascetic.
The Temple of Hera Akraia
The Heraion of Perachora was a sanctuary of the goddes Hera , situated in a small cave of the Corinthian Gulf at the end of the Perachora Peninsula. In addition to a temple of Hera of unusual construction and antiquity, the remains of a number of other structures have also been found including a L-shaped stoa, a large cistern, dining rooms and a second potential temple.
The sanctuary of Hera at Perachora is 14.2 kilometers ( 8,8 miles) north-northwest of Corinth and 75,9 kilometers (47,2 miles) west of Athens This site is significant for the study of the origins of the Greek temple architecture and rural cults. You will be amazed with the West Court with the Apsidal structure and temple of Hera Akraia, the Triglyph and metope alter,the L-shaped stoa, the Double-apsidal cistern,the Dining rooms, the Sacred Pool, the Fountain House and the Aquedact.
In Mythology there is a legend recounted in Euripides that Medea buried her murdered children at a sanctuary of Hera Akraia as she fled from Corinth. Herodotus tells the story of Periander stripping the clothes off the Corinthian women at a sanctuary of Hera.
Lake Vouliagmeni/Blue Lake
Here in the region of Vouliagmeni embraced by a natural pine-forest lies one of the most beautiful lagoons in Greece 3.5 kilometers from Ancient Heraion.The lake is a picturesque area surrounded by many cafes and tavernas with local fishermen still going about their daily business as they have for thousands of years.
Duration: Full day
Type: Ancient History, Sightseeing, Religious, Walking, Full Day
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