SPARTATHLON HISTORICAL ULTRAMARATHON

SPARTATHLON is a historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September of every year in Greece. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra-distance races in the world because of its unique history and background. The Spartathlon revives the footsteps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus,... διαβάστε περισσότερα

9th International Games Psiloritis Race

The race trail covers the distance that pilgrims of the sacred city of Minoan Knossos used to walk in order to climb Psiloritis mountain and honor their god, Zeus Cretagenes, who according to Ancient Greek Mythology was brought up in the cave of Ideon Andron, worship center and sanctum during the Minoan and Roman times. Today, Psiloritis Race links the myth with contemporary history as the runners will follow the traces of their ancestors on the holy mountain of Zeus Cretagenes. The race will start... διαβάστε περισσότερα

The Dikti Range

THIS RANGE LIES BETWEEN HERAKLION AND LASSITHI. Its highest summit is Spathi (2.148 m) and there are two more peaks at an altitude of more than 2000m. Lassithi Plateau, the largest in Crete, lies at the heart of the range at an altitude of 850 m. It is surrounded by a series of smaller plateaus such as Katharo, Limnakaro, Mari, Lapathos, Omalos, Erganos and Nisimos. There is a mountain shelter at Limnakaro from where hikers ascend to Spathi. Several gorges are found in the range of Lassithi.... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Choice of Kythnos hiking holidays

Despite being near to Athens – two hours from the port of Lavrio, three from Piraeus – Kythnos remains unknown and undeveloped for mass tourism, unlike others in the Cycladic group of islands in the Aegean. It retains its traditional character of whitewashed villages with narrow streets, wild countryside with spring and summer flowers. Many of our walking trails pass churches and arrive at one of the numerous sandy beaches on the island. The island’s history is one of the oldest in the Cyclades... διαβάστε περισσότερα

OAKA – The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens

The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens bares the name of the first winner of the Marathon in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, the notorious Spyros Louis, who in fact was a simple waterman from Maroussi. The construction of the premises started in 1978 and the main Stadium and the other installations were inaugurated four years later to house the European Athletics Championship in 1982. The following years a number of other sport facilities surrounded the Main Olympic Stadium:... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Panathenaic Stadium

The impressive Panathenaic Stadium is also known as the Kallimarmaro ("the one made with beautiful marble"). Founded in the 4th century under the rule of Lycourgos, on the slopes of Ardittos hill, it was restored and expanded by Hadrian Atticus. Following the city's decline during the Christian era, and the Franc and Ottoman occupations, the stadium gradually fell into disrepair, eventually being buried under tons of dirt. But the site was excavated and the ancient stadium was fully restored in time... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Rack Railway

In 1889, Charilaos Trikoupis, Greece’s Prime Minister at the time, decided to construct the rack railway. Specialized technicians from France and Italy undertook the construction of the track and it lasted seven years. King George I was the first train passenger that took the first journey on March 10th, 1896. The purpose of the railway was to connect the region of Kalavryta to Athens and Patras since there was no other means of easy access. The railway track is 22 km long and it connects... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Kalavryta Ski Resort

Kalavryta Ski resort is situated 14km from the town, at an altitude of 1670 to 2328 meters above sea level, on the southern side of mount Helmos. It has 8 lifts, 2 aerial (1 three-seat and 1 two-seat), 3 drag lifts (one of them double), 2 lifts for children and a recreation one. The biggest lift is 1415m long and has a height difference of 472m. The total lift capacity is 5.000 people per hour. The resort offers 11 runs, of which two are really easy runs, adequate for beginners. The runs... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Fonissa Gorge

Fonissa is a stream that forms a deep gorge from Vrysoules village to Loutro, in the municipality of Xylokatsro-Evrostini. In antiquity the stream was the natural borders of ancient Pellene, called Krios (ram). The name “fonissa” (female murderer) highlights how dangerous it is to be in its way when it is full of water. The only way to access the gorge is to follow the road from Kato Loutro village towards the monastery of Korfiotissa. Just before the monastery, turn left to the track descending... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Diving at Corinth

There are many diving schools in Corinthia for those interested in exploring its underwater world. Diving is allowed in the region, except in some specific archaeological sites and sea parks. Fishing with scuba diving equipment is not allowed, including spear guns with oxygen bottles, taking photos or removing antiquities. You can get more information at the local port police stations.Most diving spots in the prefecture of Corinthia are located in the limits of the municipality of Loutraki- Agioi... διαβάστε περισσότερα