Kalavryta – Diakofto
An unforgettable experience: travel to Kalavryta by cog railway starting from Diakopto and passing through the gorge of Vouraikos
The mountain town of Kalavryta
Kalavryta is a historical town of Eparchy (a province of the Orthodox Church). It was built on the same site as the ancient Kynaithes. It lies at 756 m above sea level at the foot of Mount Velia only 40 km from Diakopto. An unforgettable experience is to travel to Kalavryta with the cog railway starting in Diakopto and going through the gorge of Vouraikos.
On the 13th of December 1943, German troops committed a massacre here. They killed 1,436 men and boys over the age of 14 and burned down the town. The clock of the Metropolitan church remains fixed at the hour of the massacre from 1943: 2:34 pm.
Nearby there is the famous monastery of Aghia Lavra and the unique stalactite cave of the mythical lakes of Kastria.
During the winter, the Chelmos Mountains (2,300 m above sea level) located 14 km from Kalavryta, offers skiing.
Diakofto – a Seaside Village and the Starting Point of the Cog Train to Kalavryta
The provincial town of Diakopto is situated at the Gulf of Corinth and at the lower gorge of Vouraikos. A cog railway, built by French engineers (1885-95), leads up through the gorge to the famous town of Kalavryta. At the outskirts of Diakopto, the lovely beach of Engali invites you for a swim at its sandy beach.