The historical town of Kalavrita, commercial capital of the homonymous province laid to the foot of the mount Helmos, in altitude of 750 meters. Combining in a unique way mountain and sea (the nearest beaches are only 35 klm away) are known as one of he most diverse and attractive destinations of Greece.
The town's history is long and full with important events. It is situated to the same place with the ancient city and through the centuries has known many conquerors.
Today is a contemporary town of 2.000 inhabitants which combines the fast development with the preservation of its cultural inheritance.
Some of the most important sightseeing near Kalavrita are the following:
THE TRADITIONAL TRAIN
It crosses the outstanding canyon of Vouraikos. It starts from Diakofto, ends in Kalavrita and within 23 km a landscape of inconceivable beauty is revealed, full of forests, bridge and running waters. It is an ideal excursion especially for those who love nature and walking.
KALAVRITA SKI CENTER
It operates since 1988 up to the northwest side of Helmos Mountain (location Xerokambos 14 km from Kalavryta) and it is considered already an attractive destination for thousands friends skiing. It has 12 floors for every level and its only 203 km from Athens.
MEGALO SPILAIO & AGHIA LAVRA CONVENTS
Two monuments of great historical importance, these convents have been the leaders of fights, battles and resistance in difficult times. Only a few kilometers from the town.
THE CAVERN OF THE LAKES
This cavern unique in the world, in the village of Kastria 15 klm from Kalavryta distinguishes for its lakes in steps and for its impressive stalactites.
THE SACRIFICIAL PLACE
On the way to the ski center, the sacrificial place of 1943 reminds to all of us the execution of every man of the town the awful day of December 1943 from the Nazis conquerors.
THE MANSION OF PALAIOLOGINA
In the center of the town, recently renovated, is the three-floor mansion of Palailogina, which name connects it with the short period of the recapture of Achaia prefecture from the family of Palaiologoi. Abandoned for many years, it has been characterized from the Greek Ministry of Culture as a historical monument.