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    Alexandreio Convention Centre

    by greekcypriot Updated Jul 14, 2014

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    Modern and fully equipped complex of facilities ideal for Corporate meetings, international congresses and conventions, seminars, workshops, presentations, press conferences, exhibitions, concerts and performances.

    All the above are organized in accordance to strict specifications.

    Location: Loutraki National Road,
    0.5 km from Isthmus

    Interior of the convention centre in Loutraki Interior of the convention centre in Loutraki Alexandrio Convention Centre
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    Kavos beach close to Loutraki

    by greekcypriot Written Jul 14, 2014

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    When you come to Loutraki you will notice that the waters by the coast are mostly rough.

    If you are desperate to swim in calm waters with some greenery around however, take the main road that leads to Epidavros and drive pass the King Saron hotel.

    300 metres from the hotel turn left. You will come to a junction, take the right hand road that will get you to this beach.
    I guess the beach takes the name of the nearby seafood tavern ‘kavos’.
    Drop by if you are a seafood lover. Everything is fresh and tasty out there.

    Coves ideal for swimming close to Loutraki Beautiful coast close to Loutraki Swimming and snorkeling Calm waters close to kavos
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    The Corinth Canal

    by greekcypriot Written Jul 14, 2014

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    The Corinth Canal separates the Peloponnese from Attica peninsula and the mainland.

    Length 6.300 metres, 21 width and 85 height.

    Cars can be parked right next to the Canal.
    If you are lucky you might even see a ship passing by.
    I had been lucky several times in the past to see a ship passing by, however I noticed that lately this is rare nowadays probably because several ships prefer another route.

    If you happen to be passing by, do make a stop, take your photos and get to one of the many restaurants that are around for a cup of coffee or beer. Most of them are popular with kebab or gyros.

    The Corinth Canal The Corinth Canal The Corinth Canal A popular spot for tourists Close to the canal -monument
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    the beach

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    The beach of Loutraki is large enough to house the masses of visitors that come here in summer months. It’s 3,5km long that actually starts from Corinth canal and ends up in Loutraki town but the one we saw was the part from Cazino to Katarraktes.

    Although there are other more peaceful beaches this one is the most popular just in front of the town, it’s a pebble beach with lots of facilities, showers, lifeguard etc
    Most part is occupied with umbrellas and chairs, some café don’t charge for them as long as you order a soft drink/coffee but we also saw one that charge for the chairs/umbrellas (7euros for 2chairs/1umbrella), a rip off of course because as I said for less you can also have a drink in other spots.

    The promenade above the beach is always full with people walking around, kids playing and numerous café and restaurants. The beach facing west so you can enjoy the sunset behind the Corinth Gulf.

    beach of Loutraki beach of Loutraki beach of Loutraki beach of Loutraki promenade at Loutraki beach
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    the town

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    Most visitors don’t car about architecture in Loutraki, they just enjoy the beach so they don’t have to check the ugly buildings all over the town, probably the only buildings they see are the row of hotels on the seafront (pic 1).

    Walking around at the back streets I had the feeling I was in Athens, lots of non interesting structures, most of them 2 stories tall. Some churches (pic 3) break the monotony and I noticed lack of open spaces that would reduce the stress a bit unless you walk up to Deksameni park. On the way to the park I noticed a small square (pic 4), called just plateia (which means square in greek), nothing special, it has a small playground for kids, even the cat (on the left of the pic) was surprised to see me there but she was very lazy to get away :)

    Back to the city I saw another square located at the beginning of El.Venizelou avenue, it’s called square 25th of March, cant be sure what they had in mind but it is a bad combination of columns and fountains (pic 5)

    Loutraki seafront street in Loutraki church in Loutraki plateia square 25th of March
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    Katarraktes

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    Just outside the town (on the way to Perachora and Vouliagmeni lake) we saw these small waterfalls (katarraktes in greek). They are artificial waterfalls that were created by the municipality of Loutraki 20 years before.

    It’s a scenic spot of Loutraki and pretty relaxing, most people stop here for some pictures but there is also a café right next to the waterfalls so we stopped there for a cold beer, it was pretty pleasant before we head back to the noisy centre.

    You can also walk around the seafront (pic 3) that has nice view with the town at the background (pic 4)

    Katarraktes Katarraktes view from Katarraktes view from Katarraktes
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    searching for interesting buildings

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    Many people don’t know that Loutraki was hit by the earthquake of Corinth in 1928 and destroyed completely except some buildings near the thermal springs. The town started to rise again, this time with better structure techniques, most of them are 2 story cement/concrete buildings. They also used the debris of the demolished buildings to crated the municipal park but also to fill the north side of the coast.

    But in 1981 another earthquake came and caused lots of damages especially on some multi-story hotels, one of them that collapsed was at the spot where now stands the Cazino of Loutraki. The authorities started extensive reinforcement of the buildings and the new structures from that date were created with modern techniques/materials to be strong against any big earthquake in the future.

    At G.Lekka 19 you can see the old 5story tall building of Pallas hotel that was built in 1923 and repaired after the earthquake. At Syrou 4 you can see and old mansion that dates from 1956 with large balconies and a nice garden full of trees and a fountain, it houses several meetings of the rich people from 50s to 80s.

    I walked a bit at I.Lekka street, I got disappointed again except the 2story building (pic 3) that has some interesting details (pic 4). I got back to the seafront, the mountain at the back and the beach itself was much more interesting (pic 5)

    Ioanni Lekka street building at Ioanni Lekka street seafront of Loutraki
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    Parko Deksamenis

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    Deksameni park is an oxygen oasis of Loutraki, located only 800m from the beach. We walked up slowly one evening because we wanted to attended a theatrical play. Inside the park is a small stage where you can see concerts/plays during the summer, actually because of that play we decided to overnight in Loutraki otherwise we would have returned back to Athens.

    It was pretty late when we got there so I dint have the chance to take lot of pictures of the park but we didn’t get excited with it anyway because the park seemed a bit abandoned, without lights…

    Small kids will like the playground opposite the theatre.

    entrance to Deksameni park Deksameni park Deksameni park theatrical play at P.Zervos theater
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    Loutraki Thermal Spa

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 15, 2013

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    Loutraki was known in the ancient times as Thermae and was famous for its healing waters (hence the name). It was connected with goddess Thermia Artemida protector of the hot thermal springs (amazing how the greeks had a god for everything).

    The healing waters used through the centuries for prevention and treatment of several diseases mainly musculoskeletal because Hippocrates mentioned the muscle relaxation with hydrotherapy in warm water. Spartans came here after several battles but also some roman emperors later.

    The use of thermal waters of Loutraki with the beneficial effects continues in modern times. The first analysis of the waters took place in 1847, the first wooden bath was erected in 1855 and 20 years later replaced by stone structure but a larger structure with 22 baths was created in 1899 and survived until 1967, when it was replaced with the Modern Thermal Spa. The classic circular building (pic 2) you see was erected in 1934 after the big earthquake, its nicely decorated with frescoes inside and its connected with the modern building since 2009.

    In early august we preferred to relax on the beach but probably in winter we will return and try some of the several different programs they have:bath or pool hydrotherapies, sauna, steam bath, thin rain showers, mud or chocolate therapies, massage etc

    At the seafront we noticed a fountain with thermal water (pic 5)

    Loutraki Thermal Spa the old building Thermal Water at the seafront the old building
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    lake Vouliagmeni

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    A bit outside Lourtaki but if you have a car worth to drive there. Vouliagmeni lake is a beautiful lagoon located 5km west of Perachora, just 3km before cape Heraion. It has a maximum length of 2 km and a maximum width of about 1 km and its depth does not exceed 40 meters.

    If you are tired of the crowded beach of Loutraki it’s a good alternative, we loved its crystal clear waters and the fact that it was almost empty in some parts with only a few people around.

    The first thing we did was to drive around the lake, it’s very scenic anyway, then we looked for a spot to swim, there are some normal beaches, they seem more organized with facilities (umbrellas etc), usually these spots have a traditional tavern right there next to the waters so you can have your lunch there…

    We checked these beaches but then we decided to find a more peaceful spot, many people just choose a corner near a tree and enjoy this paradise that surprisingly still keeps its character and offer tranquility even when Loutraki (the main town in the area) is packed with visitors…

    If you like sandy beaches choose the west side. The south part where the water falls into the corinthian gulf is a bit harder with bigger stones but again there are some nice spots.

    The most interesting fact about Vouliagmeni lake is that it communicates with the waters of the Corinthian Gulf from a very narrow channel witch does not exceed 6 meters (pics 3-4). We saw someone gazing at Corinthian Gulf from the edge, we also stopped there for some minutes to take some pictures, not only of the channel but also of the small chapel of Agios Nikolaos at the other side.

    On our way back to Loutraki we stopped for coffee at Perachora (pic 5) a village that still has the ancient name of the area.

    Vouliagmeni lake Vouliagmeni lake canal to Corinthian Gulf village of Perachora
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    Cape Heraion and faros Melagkavi

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 15, 2013

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    3km west of lake Vouliagmeni, after the pine tree forest we ended up at Cape Heraion (also known as Melagkavi).

    We parked the car and started walking up the path on the hill, at the back side is a lighthouse (pic 1) that dates back from 1897 when they used oil for energy. It was closed during WWII but opened again in 1947. It was electrified in 1982. I’ve read that this is an ideal spot for sunset but we were there in the morning and cant tell myself…

    Apart from the lighthouse at the top of the hill that overlooks the cape its worth to walk down to see the ancient ruins (pic 2) of early Corinthian civilization. The epicenter was the temple of Hera up on the hill (where now is the lighthouse), it was called Hera Acraia but you can see the ruins near the sea where there was another temple dedicated to Hera Limenia. The worship to the goddess began during geometric period and probably the first temple was erected in 800BC. Most excavations took place during 1928-1934 by the British School of Archaelogy of Athens.

    In front of the ruins is a lovely small beach, great spot if anyone else hasn’t already occupied it :)

    Melagkavi lighthouse Heraion ruins
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    monastery of Patapios

    by mindcrime Written Aug 15, 2013

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    The most important religious spot in Loutraki area is the monastery of Saint Patapios. It is located up on Mount Geraneia at 650m from sea level, we drove there but we also saw some tourist buses bring people there.

    St.Patapios was born in 4th century AD in Thebes (Egypt) and raised by wealthy christian parents. He lived as a hermit in the desert where he was preaching to people that were visiting him. Later he moved to Constantinople and established the monastery of Egyptians at Blacherna are of Xero Oros where he passed away. When the monastery destroyed his relics transferred to monastery of St.Ioannis in Petra but after the conquest of Constantinople by the ottomans (1453) the relics transferred to Mount Geraneia and was hidden in a cave that was already a hermitage for ascetic monks since 11th century but abandoned later. The cave discovered by locals in 1904, apart from the relics that were supposed to be found in excellent condition (!).

    They also found the skull of Saint Hypomone (Saint Patience in English, real name Helena Dragasi 1772-1450, empress consort of emperor Manuel II Plaiologos). A priest hide the relics from vandals and in 1952 padre Nektarios erected a monastery around the ancient hermitage with 40 cells for the nuns. This happened slowly as there was no road leading up there, only a path that the nuns used to transfer construction materials on a donkey.

    It’s worth to go up there even if you are not into religion, the view over Loutraki is amazing (pic 5).
    Two nuns welcomed us at the entrance and check if we were dressed properly for the monatstery. First we visited the church Kimisi Tis Theotokou (Dormition of Virgin Mary) (pic 1 on the right) and checked the interior (pic 2) which is full of icons, not only of Vitgin Mary but also of Saint Patapios, of Saint Hepomone and many others.

    We got out when a nun asked me to call a number with her mobile phone because she couldn’t read the screen, then she started to negotiate the price of some rentals like a real manager, a funny moment :) I stopped smiling and got inside the cave where was the hermitage, inside a curve of the cave we saw the holy relic of the saint which is covered with a black robe(pic 4). The walls are filled with frescoes that date back from 15th century showing several religious figures, among them St.Patapios and St.Hypomone.

    The monastery celebrates on December 8 each year.

    monastery of Saint Patapios interior of the church hermitage of Agios Patatios relic of Agios Patapios view from monastery St.Patapios
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    PERACHORA-THE LIGHTHOUSE-HERAION

    by Christianne Updated Sep 14, 2009

    Perachora is an inland settlement which belongs to the Municipality of Loutraki-Perachora. Perachora is situated at the end of the peninsula and its name means " the land beyond".
    The ruins of the Sanctuary of Hera are found close to the lighthouse on Cape Melagavi which is located to the northwest of Loutraki. The Heraion consists of two parts which led to believe that they were two separate sanctuaries, the sanctuary of Hera Limenia(of the harbour) and the sanctuary of Hera Acraea (of the cape) . Due to recent research the archaeologists were led to the conclusion that there is only one, the sancturary of Hera Acraea -Limenia.

    The lighthouse Sanctuary of Hera Acraea-Limenia Heraion Heraion
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    The Diolkos and the Isthmus Canal

    by vago1 Written Feb 8, 2005

    The Diolkos, which was constructed by the Corinthian tyrant, Periandros, around 600 B.C., was a road 3 - 5.5 metres wide, paved with porous blocks. It began from Schinouda (now called Kalamaki), crossed the Isthmus perpendicularly, and ended where Poseidonia is today. In the middle of this road there were two ruts, so that the wheels (called ‘olkos’) of the carts on which the boats were dragged across the Isthmus, could move along without the fear of being overturned.

    Periandros, the Corinthian tyrant was the first who had the idea of cutting across the Isthmus. However, in 602 B.C., he abandoned his plan which Demetrius, Poliorcetes (the Besieger), tried to realize in 307 B.C., but again without success. The attempts to cut across the Isthmus were later continued by Julius Caesar, Caligula, Nero, Herodus Atticus, the Byzantines and the Venetians, but were quickly abandoned because of the great difficulties that were encountered.

    During modern times, the Governors of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias and Thr. Zaïmis, foreseeing the great significance of the project for the development of the country continued the efforts, which bore fruit a few years later when the commencement of the works to cut across the Isthmus took place on the 23rd April 1882, in the presence of King George I. The project was completed in 1983, and on the 25th July 1893, a brilliant inauguration ceremony was held. That’s how the visions of people throughout the centuries that began in the depths of history were finally realized 2,493 years later.

    The length of the Canal in a straight line is 6,346 metres. Its width at sea level is 24.6 metres and on the seabed it is 21.3 metres wide, whereas its depth is between 7.5–8 metres. There are two submerging bridges at the canal, one at Poseidonia and the other one at Isthmia that allow communication between Sterea Hellas and the Peloponnese.

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    The Folklore Museum

    by vago1 Written Feb 8, 2005

    The Folklore museum at Loutraki is part of the Municipality’s Cultural centre. It was established in 1997. The exhibitions at the museum include works and objects from the beginning of the previous century as well as from the modern period, reviving the social and family life of the people from this period.

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