By the Rack Railway
About 120 years ago, the cog railway Diakoptos-Kalavryta, starting from the coastal town of Diakoptos and parallel to the tracks of the river, built bridges, dug tunnels, threw “teeth” and managed to climb up to Kalavritas.
From then until today, the Vouraikos river and Odontotos flow together. The train has integrated so well into the natural environment, that it looks as if it has always been there. With the wood and stone of the area, the technicians made for the sake of the train works that you think nature made by itself.
An area where towns and villages abound, with hospitable inhabitants, unique nature, and with the flavor of Greek life. To write the history of this place, whole volumes are needed. But the real taste will be given by the train journey! Odontotos starts from the railway station of Diakoptos and follows the gorge of Vouraikos. After a distance of 22,350 meters in 60 minutes, it ends in the town of Kalavryta, 750 meters above sea level.
The Guardian proposes the train journey as one of the world’s 10 best public transport rides. Feel the power of the gorge and the striking natural beauty scenery with a glass of wine on this breathtaking railway journey and learn about the history of the area.
Visit the monastery of Mega Spileon built in 362 AD and the cellar of the Monastery, with the famous 500lt barrels. In the vineyard of the Monastery, there is still the stone winery and the church where the divine service took place during the cultivation and the harvest.
The revival of the vineyard in recent decades offers an authentic Greek wine tasting from “forgotten” local varieties. Carry your new wine knowledge with you under the shade of the ancient trees at the vineyards, and indulge your senses with local specialties paired with the monastery’s wines.
Expand your trip to visit the neighboring area of Trikala villages Corinth and Feneos Valley, which is located in the lesser-known corner of Corinthia, a place of astounding beauty.
Feneos; is a large, triangular-shaped valley that borders Achaia’s Vouraikos Gorge and Arcadia.
The highlight is undoubtedly the picturesque artificial lake of Doxa; which is surrounded by pine forests.
Follow the paths of Vouraikos gorge, Trikala villages, and the lake of Doxa, places that are surrounded by mountainous dense forests, crystal clear water rivers, heartily hospitality, and feel the serenity of the unexplored dazzling green side of Greece!!!