Nature around Marathos

Marathos village within the Acheloos is at an altitude of 640 metres. The Acheloos River crosses Marathos, while several fresh water springs such as the Birta, Dihali, Tsiongari contribute to the beauty and drinking water of the area. The woods include fir, plane trees, and shrub oak. Caves are found at Kapsali and Marathos. At an altitude of 1,100 metres on Krania Peak, an exceptional view extends towards the Acheloos River and Spilia. On the top of fir-forested Mt. Stithos at an altitude of 1000 metres, there is also an excellent view of the Tsoumberikos Mountains and the Acheloos River. The peak of Mount Dol, at 1400 meters looks towards the Pindos mountain range.
Around Leontito
Leontito is a village in the Athamanon Community which is literally surrounded by fir forest and fruit trees at an altitude of 1,000 metres. The Kriorema or Leontitis River flows through from the ranges of Delidimi and into the Acheloos, complete with trout-filled waters. The peak of Delidimi is 2,163 metres in altitude. From the peak of Tsournata, at an altitude of 2,163 metres, a stunning view extends toward Arta. Wildlife in the area includes hares, wild sheep, goats, and deer. Leontito boasts the following forests: Megalakos with firs and soft cedars, Profitis Ilias with firs, cedars and oaks, Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) forest with firs, cedars, shrub oak, and Agios Konstantinos with firs and cedars. There are also two caves in the region.
Around Vatsounia
Vatsounia is ten kilometres from the centre of Mouzaki at an altitude of 430 meters. The village has its own special natural beauty and is sparsely populated. The area is thickly forested by chestnut, fir and oak trees. Chemical analyses demonstrate that the fresh waters of Vatsounia are among the purest in Greece. There are three local springs, but only one, the Sklithro Spring, is easily accessible by footpath.
Around Neohori
Neohori is a village spread on the hill slopes above Lake Plastira at an altitude of 900-1050 metres. Birds make up a wonderful part of the natural environment and native species include the redneck, wild canary, and the wood thrush. Foxes and wolves are still present in the area. The old village school has been redesigned to serve as the Centre for Environmental Education, Research, and Information and maintains an up-to-date environmental database,while managing natural resources and helping protect the ecosystem of the area.
The Botanical Gardens of Neohori are open daily and welcome visitors to enjoy the brush covered ecosystem of the region, as well as a tree nursery containing linden trees, firs, water plants, herbs and ornamental plants. There is an unexplored cave at Neohori named Drakotripa (Dragon Hole). A wonderful view towards the Plain of Thessaly and region can be enjoyed from the visitor's hostels of the village.
Around Krioneri
Krioneri is a village sited on the beautiful plateau of Nevropoli next to Lake Plastira. It lies  within the forest and is known for its fertile fields, lush vegetation, and remarkable abundance of water. Krioneri lies at an altitude of 835 metres. The Valtorema and Krioneritiko rivers flow through the village district: the Krioneritiko is five kilometres in length. The natural springs and stone-built fountains of Kria Vrissi, Klouvio Nero, Kerassoula, Itia, Gidomantria, and Kastanoula are accessible by unpaved roads and footpaths. The woods of Krioneri include fir, oak, chestnuts and shrub cedars. The peak of Tsougri at 1,600 metres altitude has a shelter left from the rebels of the Greek Civil War. Other viewpoints in the village district include Alonia, Rahi near Lake Plastira, and Saint Georgios at the location of the Monastery within the woods.
Around Messenikolas
Messenikolas is a village within the Plastiras municipality, 22 kilometres from Karditsa and only two from Morfovouni. The village lies in a natural amphitheatre at an altitude of 700 metres. The waters of the streams of Gravra and Aposkitis flow through the area, complete with rushing fountains and springs. Of the many peaks surrounding the village, Taxiarchis-Zabataka with an altitude of 1,000 metres is known for its abundant vegetation that includes the rare endemic species Messenicoliana Kentavria. Wildlife species include foxes, weasels, hares, wolves, wildcats, wild boar, badgers and snakes. Nearly all the heights surrounding Messenikolas offer wonderful views. The ecosystems of the area are regionally important. In the locality of Kalpoyzana there is a mountainous ravine with crab-apples, woods, shrub cedars and oaks, walnut trees, wild asparagus and blackberries. At Platanos-Lahkes, the microclimate favours a diversity of crops. At Betonica there are patches of wild strawberries, betonica, wild oregano, and edible wile greens. The woods are rich in birds and vegetation. Lake Plastira is in a landscape of especial beauty. The sites of Magoula, Tragassia, Messorahi, Petralono, and Papalexina are accessible by unpaved roads.
Rare plants in Brontari Gorge
Rare species of plants can be found within the gorge of Brontari near Portitsa (Mitropoli region), a 300 metres long canyon two kilometres from the village, accessible by the forest road that goes from Portitsa towards Agios Giorgios. The woods of Kiri spread above the village itself. The view from the limestone peak of Bombirotripa, at an elevation of 762 metres, overlooks the plains of Thessaly and is enchanting. The peak is also the site of well-preserved walls of an ancient acropolis. Another lovely view can be seen from the top of the hill of Profitis Elias. At the area called Alonia, a stone-paved footpath of a kilometre in length leads to the centre of the village.
Forests of Apidia
In Apidia, within the municipality of Kallifoni, the surrounding environment features forests cedar, oak and fir. The woods are dotted by innumerable springs. The landscape is one of especial beauty. The Kalentzis River, a tributary to the Pineus, has its source within the district. There are mineral springs a short distance upstream of the old bridge of Kanaviotiko at an altitude of 400 metres.
Rivers and mountain peaks around Dafnospilia
Dafnospilia is a village within the Kallifoni region. It is 17 kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 570 metres. The Kalentzis River flows near Dafnospilia. It has a length of 40 kilometres from a source near Apidia and Amarantos and is a tributary of the Pineus. In its waters are fresh water mullet, briana fish and ladouses. Near Dafnospilia there are three springs: the fresh water spring of Mana, the mineral springs of Kaloyianni, and the spring of Vavara. The thickly vegetated peak of Prioni has an elevation of 700 metres and is accessible by car about half the distance to the peak. On the peak of Kazarma there is an observation point at about 600 metres altitude. It is three kilometres west of the village and accessible by a dirt road. The smaller peak of Drakovouni east of the village is also accessible by unpaved road. Among the natural attractions of the village area is a large cave within limestone.
Woods of Agios Giorgos in Loutro
Loutro is an old village of Menelaides region located twenty kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 247 metres. The natural area of the village is lovely. The woods of Agios Giorgos extends over 500 acres with dense oak forests. Foxes, hares and wolves hares thrive in the woods.
Mountains around Kedros
Kedros – meaning cedar – is a village at an altitude of 567 metres with the peak of Katachloros at 984 metres being a two-hour hike from the village. The area is full of forests with deciduous trees, oaks and cedars. The nearby peak of Kolokria at 635 meters boasts cedars and wild roses, and is just half an hour from the village. The area's river is full of local types of fish such as Sirtia, Ladouses, Kefalia and Platitses.
Around Aidonohori and its summit
The Aidonohori area is crossed by a tributary of the Onochonos river which emanates near Angelina. Numerous walnut trees grow in the area, which is full of vegetation and wildlife, particularly next to the river. A forest road will take you to a lovely area called Tsapournia, 7 km from the village. There is a summit there at a height of 1650 meters that affords a view of the entire Thessalian plain. The 4000 acres of forest – mostly fir – harbour hares, bears and wolves.
Smokovo and Redina
A lovely area filled with water, the Onochonos river rushes from its source in Xerovouni down to the gorge of Loutropigi, then on to Kedros, Sofades and the Pineas. The river contains native fish species called ladouses, as well as freshwater mullet. In the region of Redina where the Onochonos also passes through, there are some 7500 acres of forested land, mostly fir and chestnut forests, with various species of wildlife as well.
Forests of Ahladia and Anavra, in Tamassi
In the municipality of Tamassi, the village of Ahladia, which means 'pear trees', lies 3 km from Leontari. The forests around the village are so dense that it's difficult to wander through. About 2200 acres of mountain landscape are covered with forest, including the forest of Koumaros, forest of Zervos, and forest of Tourpes near Agios Giorgos. The trees are evergreens, oak and broad-leafed varieties (shrub oak, planes).
Also in Tamassi is the village of Anavra. The highest summit in the village, at 984 meters, is Katachloro and looks out to the dam of Smokovo. There's also a cave on its southwest side. Katachloro is a wildlife reserve. Oak forests abound in the area of Anavra, including the old forest of Likorema where wolves abound.
The Acheloos River at Argithea
This is the third longest river in Greece, emanating from the Pindos Mountains and running through gorgeous landscape as it reaches Argithea. It also forms the little lake of Stephaniada which took it shape thanks to landslides in the area. The lake is 130 meters deep at certain points.
Botanical Gardens of Nevropolis Agrafon
A small but important plot, the Botanical Gardens are a 'workshop' for the region yielding knowledge about the flora, fauna and ecology of the area. Learn about the plants of the area, buy therapeutic and aromatic herbs and try the local fruit preserves. Open daily: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm.
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