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The Peloponnesian Athos

24 March 2013 / 19:03:10  GRReporter
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When you pass through the village of Atsiholos, you will see the picturesque monastery of Kalamiou. These are actually two monasteries dedicated to the Assumption. They are located on the right bank of Lousios and are reminiscent of the two Philosophou monasteries. The old one was probably founded in 1705. It is surrounded by walls and battlements and resembles a castle. During the Greek Revolution, it was burned by Ibrahim in 1826. Now it has been restored and celebrates on 15 August.

How to get there

Along the Corinth - Tripoli Highway. At the first kilometre, signs indicate Vitina-Dimitsana (215 km from Athens). Emialon Monastery is 4 km away from Dimitsana, 12 km from Prodromos, and the distance between Prodromos and Philosophou is 11 km. Kalamiou Monastery is 4 km from Atsiholos village.

Where to stay

Staying in Dimitsana is the easiest choice.

Xeniou Tower (phone: 27950-31750, http://www.proselinos.gr/english/)

A remarkable five-storey tower from 1850, with high painted ceilings and antique furniture

Xenonas kaza (phone: 27950-31084, http://www.xenonaskaza.gr/index_en.html)

A comfortable house with 13 rooms and a central lounge with a fireplace

Dimitsana Hotel (phone: 7950-31518)

A renovated hotel with a unique view of the gorge

Xenonas Kazakou (phone: 27950-31660, www.xenonaskazakou.gr)

A building of the 17th century with five rooms furnished in a traditional style

Xenonas Koustenis (phone: 27950-31571)

Where to eat

Visit "Tholos" and "Drimonas". Be sure to try local specialties such as sausages with leeks, stuffed wild boar, local grilled meats, local cheeses and wines. Do not miss Dimitsana’s famous syrupy pastries.

Tags: The Peloponnese Athos monasteries Emialon Kalamiou Prodromos Philosophou
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