The Holy Monastery of Mega Spileon is placed 11 km far from the town of Kalavryta. The Monastery of Mega Spileon was originally built in 362 AD by two brothers, Symeon and Theodore, when a shepherd girl, after a dream, found an icon of the Virgin Mary inside a cave. The icon was made of wax and mastic and it is believed that Apostle Luke painted it. The Monastery has suffered numerous destructions and fires along its history. In spite of all these damages, the Monastery of Mega Spileon is a very imposing construction and has a 17th century church with remarkable frescoes, mosaic floors and a bronze door with relief decoration. The Monastery also hosts a museum that displays carved wooden crosses, antique manuscripts and Holy Gospels. A good number of its important relics are also kept in a special hall.
The remarkable Cave of the Lakes lies 16.5km south of Kalavryta near the village of Kastria. A 500m boardwalk snakes its way through the cave, through the vast entrance chamber (home to five species of bats) past spectacular cauliflower-like rock formations, and over the deep, crystal-clear subterranean pools – the 13 stone basins formed by mineral deposits over the millennia. The most impressive formations are in the final chamber, where delicate, ribboning curtains cascade down the wall.
Planitero is a picturesque village, which is located 25 km from Kalavrita, at an altitude of 700 meters, on the road leading to the Kleitoria. The landscape that visitors see as they reaches Planitero is breath-taking, as it is surrounded by a dense plane-tree forest of exceptional beauty. The location is also known for the trout fishery. There are a lot of traditional taverns there, where visitors can taste delicious local dishes and trout. Above the forest lies the village of Planiterou.
Price: 18 Euro.
Departure: April 7, at 08:00 from our office (Viktoras Hugo 48-50, metro Metaxurgio)
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* minimum number of participants – 30 people