Attractions In Aitolo-Akarnania

Explore The Attractions Of Aitolo-Akarnania
Agios Nikolaos Kremastos Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Dating from the 10 century AD, the ‘Hanging Monastery of Saint Nicholas’ in Arakinthos lies within two caves in a cliff and features amazing religious paintings in Cappadocian style.

Agios Stefanos church, Rivio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A small and very old church, in a lonely field, this Byzantine building is set among trees and overlooks a gorgeous valley.

Alikyrna
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

This ancient city from the 4th century before Christ came to light while excavating the Ionia Odos highway recently. Its foundations can be seen near the community of Hilia Spitia.

Ambracian Gulf (Amvrakikos)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known in English literature and history as the Ambracian Gulf, this 400-square-kilometre body of water represents one of the largest wetlands in the region, and is linked to the Ionian sea by a small opening.

Ancient Alyzia (or Alyzea)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

When at Mikitas ask how to get to the remains of Alyzia, considered one of the most important cities of Akarnania in ancient times.

Ancient Anaktorion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Excavations haven’t been undertaken at the area (Agios Petros) where Anaktorion lies, but there are remains of the city’s surrounding walls and ancient temples (on a nearby hill there are ruins of a medieval castle and an old church).

Ancient Kalydona (Lafreaio) near Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here was a highly important Aetolian sanctuary dedicated to Apollo and Artemis. It is located southwest of the site’s acropolis and was in use up to Roman times. There used to be a chryselephantine statue of Artemis in the sanctuary and a tomb for the hero Leon. Excavations where done by Greece and Denmark in the 1930s.

Ancient Koronta
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Not far from the village of Chysovitsa are remains from the ancient town of Koronta, including Mycenaean graves, Cyclopean walls a reservoir and evidence of a castle. There was a Doric-style temple built in honour of an unidentified female godess, as well as remains of different buildings. Although the site was robbed many times, several artefacts were found and are now in the museum of Agrinio. They include golden wreaths, copper knives, a golden pig and many other objects.

Ancient Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

East of modern-day Nafpaktos there are remains of the Asklipion, with temples or sanctuaries dedicated to Aphrodite, Artemsi and Poseidon. There are also remnants of an early Christian basilica.

Ancient Oiniades
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

This ancient city used to be right next to the river, which changed its course over the millennia. The city dates from the 5th century BC at least, although its history is murky. The ancient theatre is in decent condition and worth a visit.

Ancient Palaiomanina near Astakos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Remains of the impressive walls of ancient Palaiomanina – stretching some 1,650 meters in length – date from the 4th century, and are partitioned into sections. Squared and trapezoidal rocks characterize this wall, complete with a 2-meter wide gate called Avloporta, an arch and horizontal beams. Beyond the walls there are tombs, cyclopean walls, evidence of homes from the copper age, remains from Mycenaean times, vaulted tombs, water cisterns, geometric burial jar, box-shaped graves from the classical years and much more.

Ancient Pleuron
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known also as the city of the Curetes, Ancient Pleuron was destroyed in 234 BC. It had a remarkable Hellenistic wall with seven gates and 36 towers. A cistern, small theatre, agora and acropolis lay within the walled city.

Ancient Stratos
Dodecanese / Aitolo-Akarnania

Between the Aheloos (Achelous) river and the village of Stratos lies a theatre that fits around 6,000 people and situated on a low slope, dating from the late 4th century. There is also a temple in the same location.

Ancient Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Tucked deep into the mountainous and lake region, the remains of ancient Thermo include remains from the temples of Artemis Laphria and Apollo Thermios, in addition to a stoa, an agora, house foundations, prehistoric ellipse-like buildings and foundations of homes.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Thyrreion, Vonitsa
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.

Archaeological Museum, Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

If you’re an ancient history buff, you’ll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.

Baths of Vezir Tzami
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Huseyin Pasha Turkish bath, built around 1702, lies right next to the site of the Vezir Tzami mosque, which does not exist anymore. The neighbourhood, however, is still called Vezir Tzami.

Byron House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Belonging to the Kapsali family, the mansion is home to the Messolonghi Byron Society dedicated to Lord Byron’s life and poetry.The celebrated English poet and Philhellene Lord Byron came to the city to support the Greek revolutionary cause and died in Mesolongi in 1824.

Byzantine Fortress at Megali Hora
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There are remains of a Byzantine fortress from the 12th century at Megali Hora not far from the village of Angelokastro. Only a tower remains of the castle or fortress, but there is a more recent church in the vicinity. It is difficult to get to and lies high on a hill.

Castle of Roumeli, Antirio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Antirio castle, also known as the Castle of Roumeli, was built by the Ottomans on the foundations of a Venetian castle, and is in very good condition. It lies at the base of the Rio-Antirio bridge on the side of Aetoloakarnania.

Cemetary of Stamna
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

One of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Western Greece with rich archeological interest. The most important part was used for burial clusters in the flat areas northwest of the Etoliko lagoon.

Christos and Sofia Moschandreou Art Gallery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Housed in an old building from 1835 in Mesolongi, this gallery-cum-museum houses significant sculptures and paintings tied to Greece and its history.

Church of Agia Paraskevi, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The chiefs of Mesolongi met in this church to plan the exodus of the besieged from the town. Sadly, they were betrayed and the exodus turned into a bittersweet event.

Church of Agia Sofia, Agios Nikolaos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Agia Sofia, the Agios Nikolaos church is built on the remains of the temple of Artemis, representing once again how the Byzantine church supplanted more ancient religions.

Church of Agios Kosmas in Megadendro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Megadendro where Agios Kosmas of Aetolia was born, there is a church in the name of this venerable local saint who actually played a role in the Greek Revolution.

Church of Agios Spyridon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s another church related to the history and sortie or exodus of Mesolongi. Blessed by the town’s patron saint, Agios Spyridon, the church is where every year a parade marking the exodus begins to celebrate those who succeed in escaping. The parade continues to the Garden of the Heroes.

Church of Taxiarchs
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In addition to an intricate iconostatis from the 18th century, this church in Aitoliko is home to the tomb of Kyra Vasiliki, the influencial Greek wife of Ali Pasha, powerful Ottoman ruler from Epirus.

Cyclops (Kyklopas) Cave
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Kyklopas cave is found near Astakos, where supposedly Odysseus blinded the Cyclops who became very angry and threw huge boulders to the sea below on Odysseus’ escaping ship. These boulders can still be seen in the fields below the cave.

Dormition Church, Avrakia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Amvrakia, which lies in the municipality of Amfilohia, is a post-byzantine church that has been nicely renovated.

Environmental Station of Klisova
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Klisova lagoon is popular with scientists and researchers who want to study the region’s ecosystem. The small environmental station with four beds and simple accommodation needs offers this opportunity to interested parties. The station is operated by a committee connected to the municipality of Mesolongi.

Episkopi Mastrou
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Paying tribute to Agios Ioannis (St. John) of Rigana, this impressive Byzantine temple from the 14th century AD was built over another paleo-Christian Basilica. It was undoubtedly an important church.

Fetihe Mosque, Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Built by Sultan Bayazit Veli, son of Mohammed II (1446-1512), in reconnaissance of God for the seizure of the city of Nafpaktos in 1499, the mosque was the first in the city. When Christianity returned, it became a commercial establishment. It was recently renovated however and is now used for cultural events.

Folklore Museum of Aitolikos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Found at the entrance to the little ‘isand’ in a stone-build little building that was once an olive mill, it houses objects, tools and clothes that formed part of everyday life in Aitoliko over the last two centuries.

Folklore Museum of Platanos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s a good array of tools and objects of everyday life, including looms, guns, musical instruments, books, lamps, costumes, weights and other odd stuff that have mostly been left behind by modern society. In this village, however, they seem perfectly in place and offer a moving experience of life as we once knew it.

Folklore, History and Philology Museum, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Located in Agrinio and established by the prefecture’s Women’s Association, the museum covers everything 100 years between 1921-1920. This is a more cultural folklore museum covering local city life as well, touching on currency, philology, religious artefacts, history, local handicrafts and farming.

Fraxos Forest
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Fraxos or Fraxou forest lies close to Lesini, covers almost 58 hectares, and has been declared a Monument of Nature. In reality it is all of what remains of the dense riverside forests that used to cover the Aheloos basin. The forest is replete with laurel and silver birch trees, while creeping plants like Rough Bindweed and Black Bryony climb the tree trunks to create a greener, dreamier landscape. So far, logging has not touched this valuable forest, which is home to the otter, as well as several bird species such as magpies, woodpeckers and others.

Garden of Heroes, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature’s way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.

Ithoria
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The remains of Ancient Ithoria are next to the community of Agios Ilias in the Aitoliko region. Archeologists have found tombs from the Mycenaean and Geometric eras, with many artefacts now in the Archeological Museum of Agrinio.

Kimisi tis Theotokou, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The early-Christian church of Kimisi tis Theotokou – known in English as the Dormition of The Virgin Mary – is considered one of the landmark churches in the city of Agrinio.

Kyra Rini castle remains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Mesolongi is the Castle of Kyra Rini, but sadly not much remains of this medieval gem. Named after Lady Irene, daughter of Emperor Alexios Paleologos, it is best reached by hiking on a dirt road. Myth has it that there are two boxes of gold hidden in the castle, with a third box with snakes that guard the treasure.

Lagoon of Mesolongi, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Also known as the sea lake of Mesolongi, this salty-water lagoon offers amazing scenic views and was formed by the sandy ridge rising from the deposits of the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, along with their deltas. A sand ridge called Louros also likes between the lake and the Gulf of Patras. Fishermen in past decades have built reed houses on stilts around the lagoon, almost looking Asian in their originality. Salt farms abound in the area, so do fish farms for eels and trout. The lake is also ideal for bird watching (see relevant section under Aitoloakarnania).

Lake Trichonida, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Lying between the Panaitoliko and Arakynthos/Zygos mountains, Lake Trichonida (or Trihonida) measures around 97 kilometres square, and a maximum depth of 58 meters in some areas. Melting snow and mountain springs feed the lake through numerous streams, and too much water sometimes teams the lake up with its twin, Lysmahia. Water-loving or hydrophilic trees such as willows and plane trees are abundant around the shore of these lakes, while all sorts of birds and fish coexist harmoniously in the area. The 150 species of fish include whitebait, sand smelt or silversides, including some endemic species, 30 of which are protected by law. Water-loving or hydrophilic trees such as willows and plane trees are abundant around the shore of these lakes, while all sorts of birds and fish coexist harmoniously in the area. The 150 species of fish include whitebait, sand smelt or silversides, including some endemic species, 30 of which are protected by law.

Medieval castle ruins at Agios Petros
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The coastal road beyond Paleros goes inland towards Vonitsa (built where ancient Anaktorion is) on the Amvarkikos Gulf. In this area, the hills above Agios Petros feature walls and ruins from ancient temples, but also significant remains of a medieval castle near the notable 12th century church of Divine Wisdom.

Mesolongi Museum of History and Art
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In a splendid two-floor building from 1931, once upon a time the Town Hall of Mesolongi, there is a collection about the small city’s famous battle or ‘sortie’ as it is known. The works and photographs of Lord Byron, considered a beloved philhellene, are also on display.

Mesolongi Town Hall
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modest picture gallery that emphasizes the troubled history of this region and town, in particular the exodus of Mesolongi after the Ottoman siege of the city.

Monastery of Agia Eleousa, Klissoura Canyon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Agrinio, the southern entrance of the Klisoura gorge or canyon boasts the rock-hewn monastery of Agia Eleousa. This is where Yiannis Gounaris, the hero who saved Mesolongi during its first siege by the Ottomans, lived in seclusion. Above the monastery, the water has sculpted the image of the virgin and a lamb.

Monastery of Myrtia near Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Thermo the centuries-old Monastery of Myrtia was established in 1491, named for all the myrtle trees that grow around it. Two churches from older times are found within the monastery, with well-preserved frescoes and a small bell from 1713.

Monastery of St. Simeon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Today it is peaceful among running water, sycamores, pines and plane trees, but the 17th century Monastery of Saint Simeon played a crucial role in the Greek War of Independence, when 1,800 people from besieged Mesolongi sought refuge within the Monastery’s walls. There is a large white cross in the memory of the martyrs who didn’t make it in the Battle of Mesolongi. After being burnt down by the Ottomans, the monastery was rebuilt in the 1836 and has become noted for its celebrations, particularly the folk festival on Whit Monday and the feast of Ypapanti on February 2. Both the monastery’s construction and surroundings make any visit worthwhile.

Monastery of the Pantocrator, Angelokastro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A Byzantine Monastery in Angelokastro, renovated in 1746. There used to be a chapel of Agios Charalambos in the past in its place and now it is a small chapel dedicated to the saint. To honor him on his name day(February 10), the locals celebrate with a feast.

Nafpaktia Mountains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Nafpaktos Clock
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Built in 1914 by Bishop Seraphim Domvoiti, the architecturally beautiful clock overlooks the city and can be reached from the church of Agios Dimitrios. Visit in the afternoon when the sun lies low and reflects against the clock.

National Park of Messolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

marshes, farmland, varied coastline and many little uninhabited islands that are teaming with birdlife, fauna and flora. Officially known as the National Park of Lagoons of Messlonogi-Aitoliko, Kato Rou, the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, and the Echinades Islands, the park falls under the RAMSAR convention and NATURA 2000 network, underlining its role in maintaining European biodiversity. Its notable natural attractions include:

Oak Woodland of Xeromero (Threatened!)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

At the foothills of the Akarnanian mountains or Akarnanika between Lake Ozero, the Arheloos River and the sea, the Valonia-oak woodland covers about 6000 hectares. Surrounding the oak area on 10,000 hectares are a mix of trees, with mainly oaks but interspersed with other species.

Palamas & Trikoupi House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Famous scholar and teacher Panagiotis Palamas was born here in 1722. His son, the famous poet Kostis Palamas who wrote the Olympic Hymn also lived here.

Profitis Ilias Monastery, Karaiskakis
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The village of Karaiskakis with roots embedded in the Greek Revolution is home to the Moanstery of Profitis Ilias, dating from the 15th century.

Roman Baths
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A collection of baths from the Roman era in Agios Ioannis not far from Mesolongi. Visitors can see remains of a well, bathing chambers, changing rooms and a sudatorium.

Small churches around the lagoon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Agia Triada in Kleisova, Agios Sostis on the island by the same name near the Vasiladiou lighthouse and the Virgin of Prokopanistou built on a small island in the middle of the lagoon.

St. Christopher Church, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Saint Christopher (Agios Christoforos) is the patron-saint and protector of Agrinio. The old Church of St. Christopher was founded in 1847 and the new one founded in 1920. A.D. Every Wednesday evening the supplicatory services to the Virgin Mary are held, and alternating chants to St. Christopher and St. Nektarios.

St. John the Baptist monastery, Vomvokos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Monastery of St. John is 15 km NE of Nafpaktos and 33km from Patras, near the mountain village of Vomvokou on the eastern slope of Mount Riganion. To the West it is surrounded by lush vegetation, including planes, and streams, whereas to the South by Mornos plain, the sea and the mountains of the Peloponnese.

Statue of Anemogiannis of Paxi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In Nafpaktos and near its port, the statue of Giorgos Anemogiannis reminds visitors of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks. At a young age of 25, Anemogiannis tried to burn the Ottoman fleet in the harbour and was caught. He was subsequently tortured and killed by the occupiers in 1821.

The Church of Panagia Tis Finikias
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Historically significant, the modest church of Panagia tis Finikias lies not far from the lagoon and on the way to Etoliko. It was a favourite resting place for Lord Byron who resided in the prefecture.

The monastery of Ambelakiotissa, Nafpaktia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Ambelakiotissa houses a monastery with a famous icon adorned with gold which disappeared and was found in the woods during the Ottoman occupation in the 15th century. The monastery’s other treasure is the forearm of St Polycarp of Smyrna, also covered in gold.

Theatre Of Makyneia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to Paliokastro Mamakou near modern-day Makyneia, there are remains of a small theatre lying at the food of a fortified hill, considered part of Aitolian Makyneia. The theatre is of unusual shape, with originally 14 rows of seats and an adjacent linear wing of 3 rows. It dates back to the late fourth century BC. The ancient theaters of Makyneia, Plevronas, Oiniades and Stratou are still found at the same location where the great namesake cities flourished.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Trikoupeio Cultural Centre
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The old railway station was renovated and redesigned for hosting cultural events, as well as film screenings by the Mesolongi Friends of Film Association.

Valvi House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Home of politician Zafeirio-Zenovio Valvis, featuring his notable collection of books. The building has become a public library. Valvis served as twice as Prime Minister of Greece in the mid 1800s.

Varnakova Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin in Varnakova, Dorida, was established by monk Arsenios in 1077 AC in the era of Patriarch Kosmas. The graves of the Byzantine Komninos family lie in the Monastery. Its library is rich including Athanasios Diakos’ manuscript, calling on Greeks to rise up in 1821.

Vaso Katraki Museum
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modern building on Aitoliko island housing a comprehensive collection of this famous Greek artist’s and engraver’s work. Her unique style is a must see in what is possibly the only European museum on engraving and printmaking art.

Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There is a splendid Venetian castle gracing the hills of Nafpaktos with all its glory, plus old walls by its harbour. The well-preserved citadel and circular walled harbour, complete with ramparts, are considered among the finest specimens of castle architecture in the country.

Alikyrna
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

This ancient city from the 4th century before Christ came to light while excavating the Ionia Odos highway recently. Its foundations can be seen near the community of Hilia Spitia.

Ancient Alyzia (or Alyzea)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

When at Mikitas ask how to get to the remains of Alyzia, considered one of the most important cities of Akarnania in ancient times.

Ancient Anaktorion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Excavations haven’t been undertaken at the area (Agios Petros) where Anaktorion lies, but there are remains of the city’s surrounding walls and ancient temples (on a nearby hill there are ruins of a medieval castle and an old church).

Ancient Kalydona (Lafreaio) near Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here was a highly important Aetolian sanctuary dedicated to Apollo and Artemis. It is located southwest of the site’s acropolis and was in use up to Roman times. There used to be a chryselephantine statue of Artemis in the sanctuary and a tomb for the hero Leon. Excavations where done by Greece and Denmark in the 1930s.

Ancient Koronta
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Not far from the village of Chysovitsa are remains from the ancient town of Koronta, including Mycenaean graves, Cyclopean walls a reservoir and evidence of a castle. There was a Doric-style temple built in honour of an unidentified female godess, as well as remains of different buildings. Although the site was robbed many times, several artefacts were found and are now in the museum of Agrinio. They include golden wreaths, copper knives, a golden pig and many other objects.

Ancient Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

East of modern-day Nafpaktos there are remains of the Asklipion, with temples or sanctuaries dedicated to Aphrodite, Artemsi and Poseidon. There are also remnants of an early Christian basilica.

Ancient Oiniades
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

This ancient city used to be right next to the river, which changed its course over the millennia. The city dates from the 5th century BC at least, although its history is murky. The ancient theatre is in decent condition and worth a visit.

Ancient Palaiomanina near Astakos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Remains of the impressive walls of ancient Palaiomanina – stretching some 1,650 meters in length – date from the 4th century, and are partitioned into sections. Squared and trapezoidal rocks characterize this wall, complete with a 2-meter wide gate called Avloporta, an arch and horizontal beams. Beyond the walls there are tombs, cyclopean walls, evidence of homes from the copper age, remains from Mycenaean times, vaulted tombs, water cisterns, geometric burial jar, box-shaped graves from the classical years and much more.

Ancient Pleuron
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known also as the city of the Curetes, Ancient Pleuron was destroyed in 234 BC. It had a remarkable Hellenistic wall with seven gates and 36 towers. A cistern, small theatre, agora and acropolis lay within the walled city.

Ancient Stratos
Dodecanese / Aitolo-Akarnania

Between the Aheloos (Achelous) river and the village of Stratos lies a theatre that fits around 6,000 people and situated on a low slope, dating from the late 4th century. There is also a temple in the same location.

Ancient Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Tucked deep into the mountainous and lake region, the remains of ancient Thermo include remains from the temples of Artemis Laphria and Apollo Thermios, in addition to a stoa, an agora, house foundations, prehistoric ellipse-like buildings and foundations of homes.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Thyrreion, Vonitsa
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.

Archaeological Museum, Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

If you’re an ancient history buff, you’ll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.

Cemetary of Stamna
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

One of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Western Greece with rich archeological interest. The most important part was used for burial clusters in the flat areas northwest of the Etoliko lagoon.

Ithoria
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The remains of Ancient Ithoria are next to the community of Agios Ilias in the Aitoliko region. Archeologists have found tombs from the Mycenaean and Geometric eras, with many artefacts now in the Archeological Museum of Agrinio.

Medieval castle ruins at Agios Petros
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The coastal road beyond Paleros goes inland towards Vonitsa (built where ancient Anaktorion is) on the Amvarkikos Gulf. In this area, the hills above Agios Petros feature walls and ruins from ancient temples, but also significant remains of a medieval castle near the notable 12th century church of Divine Wisdom.

Roman Baths
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A collection of baths from the Roman era in Agios Ioannis not far from Mesolongi. Visitors can see remains of a well, bathing chambers, changing rooms and a sudatorium.

Theatre Of Makyneia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to Paliokastro Mamakou near modern-day Makyneia, there are remains of a small theatre lying at the food of a fortified hill, considered part of Aitolian Makyneia. The theatre is of unusual shape, with originally 14 rows of seats and an adjacent linear wing of 3 rows. It dates back to the late fourth century BC. The ancient theaters of Makyneia, Plevronas, Oiniades and Stratou are still found at the same location where the great namesake cities flourished.

Byzantine Fortress at Megali Hora
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There are remains of a Byzantine fortress from the 12th century at Megali Hora not far from the village of Angelokastro. Only a tower remains of the castle or fortress, but there is a more recent church in the vicinity. It is difficult to get to and lies high on a hill.

Castle of Roumeli, Antirio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Antirio castle, also known as the Castle of Roumeli, was built by the Ottomans on the foundations of a Venetian castle, and is in very good condition. It lies at the base of the Rio-Antirio bridge on the side of Aetoloakarnania.

Kyra Rini castle remains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Mesolongi is the Castle of Kyra Rini, but sadly not much remains of this medieval gem. Named after Lady Irene, daughter of Emperor Alexios Paleologos, it is best reached by hiking on a dirt road. Myth has it that there are two boxes of gold hidden in the castle, with a third box with snakes that guard the treasure.

Medieval castle ruins at Agios Petros
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The coastal road beyond Paleros goes inland towards Vonitsa (built where ancient Anaktorion is) on the Amvarkikos Gulf. In this area, the hills above Agios Petros feature walls and ruins from ancient temples, but also significant remains of a medieval castle near the notable 12th century church of Divine Wisdom.

Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There is a splendid Venetian castle gracing the hills of Nafpaktos with all its glory, plus old walls by its harbour. The well-preserved citadel and circular walled harbour, complete with ramparts, are considered among the finest specimens of castle architecture in the country.

Cyclops (Kyklopas) Cave
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Kyklopas cave is found near Astakos, where supposedly Odysseus blinded the Cyclops who became very angry and threw huge boulders to the sea below on Odysseus’ escaping ship. These boulders can still be seen in the fields below the cave.

Agios Nikolaos Kremastos Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Dating from the 10 century AD, the ‘Hanging Monastery of Saint Nicholas’ in Arakinthos lies within two caves in a cliff and features amazing religious paintings in Cappadocian style.

Agios Stefanos church, Rivio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A small and very old church, in a lonely field, this Byzantine building is set among trees and overlooks a gorgeous valley.

Church of Agia Paraskevi, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The chiefs of Mesolongi met in this church to plan the exodus of the besieged from the town. Sadly, they were betrayed and the exodus turned into a bittersweet event.

Church of Agia Sofia, Agios Nikolaos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Agia Sofia, the Agios Nikolaos church is built on the remains of the temple of Artemis, representing once again how the Byzantine church supplanted more ancient religions.

Church of Agios Kosmas in Megadendro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Megadendro where Agios Kosmas of Aetolia was born, there is a church in the name of this venerable local saint who actually played a role in the Greek Revolution.

Church of Agios Spyridon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s another church related to the history and sortie or exodus of Mesolongi. Blessed by the town’s patron saint, Agios Spyridon, the church is where every year a parade marking the exodus begins to celebrate those who succeed in escaping. The parade continues to the Garden of the Heroes.

Church of Taxiarchs
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In addition to an intricate iconostatis from the 18th century, this church in Aitoliko is home to the tomb of Kyra Vasiliki, the influencial Greek wife of Ali Pasha, powerful Ottoman ruler from Epirus.

Dormition Church, Avrakia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Amvrakia, which lies in the municipality of Amfilohia, is a post-byzantine church that has been nicely renovated.

Episkopi Mastrou
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Paying tribute to Agios Ioannis (St. John) of Rigana, this impressive Byzantine temple from the 14th century AD was built over another paleo-Christian Basilica. It was undoubtedly an important church.

Kimisi tis Theotokou, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The early-Christian church of Kimisi tis Theotokou – known in English as the Dormition of The Virgin Mary – is considered one of the landmark churches in the city of Agrinio.

Monastery of Agia Eleousa, Klissoura Canyon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Agrinio, the southern entrance of the Klisoura gorge or canyon boasts the rock-hewn monastery of Agia Eleousa. This is where Yiannis Gounaris, the hero who saved Mesolongi during its first siege by the Ottomans, lived in seclusion. Above the monastery, the water has sculpted the image of the virgin and a lamb.

Monastery of Myrtia near Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Thermo the centuries-old Monastery of Myrtia was established in 1491, named for all the myrtle trees that grow around it. Two churches from older times are found within the monastery, with well-preserved frescoes and a small bell from 1713.

Monastery of St. Simeon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Today it is peaceful among running water, sycamores, pines and plane trees, but the 17th century Monastery of Saint Simeon played a crucial role in the Greek War of Independence, when 1,800 people from besieged Mesolongi sought refuge within the Monastery’s walls. There is a large white cross in the memory of the martyrs who didn’t make it in the Battle of Mesolongi. After being burnt down by the Ottomans, the monastery was rebuilt in the 1836 and has become noted for its celebrations, particularly the folk festival on Whit Monday and the feast of Ypapanti on February 2. Both the monastery’s construction and surroundings make any visit worthwhile.

Monastery of the Pantocrator, Angelokastro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A Byzantine Monastery in Angelokastro, renovated in 1746. There used to be a chapel of Agios Charalambos in the past in its place and now it is a small chapel dedicated to the saint. To honor him on his name day(February 10), the locals celebrate with a feast.

Profitis Ilias Monastery, Karaiskakis
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The village of Karaiskakis with roots embedded in the Greek Revolution is home to the Moanstery of Profitis Ilias, dating from the 15th century.

Small churches around the lagoon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Agia Triada in Kleisova, Agios Sostis on the island by the same name near the Vasiladiou lighthouse and the Virgin of Prokopanistou built on a small island in the middle of the lagoon.

St. Christopher Church, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Saint Christopher (Agios Christoforos) is the patron-saint and protector of Agrinio. The old Church of St. Christopher was founded in 1847 and the new one founded in 1920. A.D. Every Wednesday evening the supplicatory services to the Virgin Mary are held, and alternating chants to St. Christopher and St. Nektarios.

St. John the Baptist monastery, Vomvokos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Monastery of St. John is 15 km NE of Nafpaktos and 33km from Patras, near the mountain village of Vomvokou on the eastern slope of Mount Riganion. To the West it is surrounded by lush vegetation, including planes, and streams, whereas to the South by Mornos plain, the sea and the mountains of the Peloponnese.

The Church of Panagia Tis Finikias
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Historically significant, the modest church of Panagia tis Finikias lies not far from the lagoon and on the way to Etoliko. It was a favourite resting place for Lord Byron who resided in the prefecture.

The monastery of Ambelakiotissa, Nafpaktia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Ambelakiotissa houses a monastery with a famous icon adorned with gold which disappeared and was found in the woods during the Ottoman occupation in the 15th century. The monastery’s other treasure is the forearm of St Polycarp of Smyrna, also covered in gold.

Varnakova Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin in Varnakova, Dorida, was established by monk Arsenios in 1077 AC in the era of Patriarch Kosmas. The graves of the Byzantine Komninos family lie in the Monastery. Its library is rich including Athanasios Diakos’ manuscript, calling on Greeks to rise up in 1821.

Baths of Vezir Tzami
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Huseyin Pasha Turkish bath, built around 1702, lies right next to the site of the Vezir Tzami mosque, which does not exist anymore. The neighbourhood, however, is still called Vezir Tzami.

Byron House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Belonging to the Kapsali family, the mansion is home to the Messolonghi Byron Society dedicated to Lord Byron’s life and poetry.The celebrated English poet and Philhellene Lord Byron came to the city to support the Greek revolutionary cause and died in Mesolongi in 1824.

Fetihe Mosque, Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Built by Sultan Bayazit Veli, son of Mohammed II (1446-1512), in reconnaissance of God for the seizure of the city of Nafpaktos in 1499, the mosque was the first in the city. When Christianity returned, it became a commercial establishment. It was recently renovated however and is now used for cultural events.

Garden of Heroes, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature’s way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.

Nafpaktos Clock
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Built in 1914 by Bishop Seraphim Domvoiti, the architecturally beautiful clock overlooks the city and can be reached from the church of Agios Dimitrios. Visit in the afternoon when the sun lies low and reflects against the clock.

Palamas & Trikoupi House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Famous scholar and teacher Panagiotis Palamas was born here in 1722. His son, the famous poet Kostis Palamas who wrote the Olympic Hymn also lived here.

Statue of Anemogiannis of Paxi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In Nafpaktos and near its port, the statue of Giorgos Anemogiannis reminds visitors of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks. At a young age of 25, Anemogiannis tried to burn the Ottoman fleet in the harbour and was caught. He was subsequently tortured and killed by the occupiers in 1821.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Trikoupeio Cultural Centre
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The old railway station was renovated and redesigned for hosting cultural events, as well as film screenings by the Mesolongi Friends of Film Association.

Valvi House
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Home of politician Zafeirio-Zenovio Valvis, featuring his notable collection of books. The building has become a public library. Valvis served as twice as Prime Minister of Greece in the mid 1800s.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Thyrreion, Vonitsa
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains funerary stelae and other finds, mainly from the cemeteries of ancient Thyrreion and Anaktorion and various finds from the region of modern Vonitsa. Noteworthy are the marble funerary relief from the 4th century BC and an inscribed stele on the alliance between Thyrreans and Romans from 94 BC.

Archaeological Museum, Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

If you’re an ancient history buff, you’ll certainly enjoy the Mycenaean pots, inscriptions, clay figurines, Roman steles and other objects found in the regions of Chryssovitsa, as well as the temple of Apollo Thermios in ancient Calydon.

Christos and Sofia Moschandreou Art Gallery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Housed in an old building from 1835 in Mesolongi, this gallery-cum-museum houses significant sculptures and paintings tied to Greece and its history.

Folklore Museum of Aitolikos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Found at the entrance to the little ‘isand’ in a stone-build little building that was once an olive mill, it houses objects, tools and clothes that formed part of everyday life in Aitoliko over the last two centuries.

Folklore Museum of Platanos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s a good array of tools and objects of everyday life, including looms, guns, musical instruments, books, lamps, costumes, weights and other odd stuff that have mostly been left behind by modern society. In this village, however, they seem perfectly in place and offer a moving experience of life as we once knew it.

Folklore, History and Philology Museum, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Located in Agrinio and established by the prefecture’s Women’s Association, the museum covers everything 100 years between 1921-1920. This is a more cultural folklore museum covering local city life as well, touching on currency, philology, religious artefacts, history, local handicrafts and farming.

Mesolongi Museum of History and Art
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In a splendid two-floor building from 1931, once upon a time the Town Hall of Mesolongi, there is a collection about the small city’s famous battle or ‘sortie’ as it is known. The works and photographs of Lord Byron, considered a beloved philhellene, are also on display.

Mesolongi Town Hall
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modest picture gallery that emphasizes the troubled history of this region and town, in particular the exodus of Mesolongi after the Ottoman siege of the city.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Vaso Katraki Museum
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A modern building on Aitoliko island housing a comprehensive collection of this famous Greek artist’s and engraver’s work. Her unique style is a must see in what is possibly the only European museum on engraving and printmaking art.

Ambracian Gulf (Amvrakikos)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known in English literature and history as the Ambracian Gulf, this 400-square-kilometre body of water represents one of the largest wetlands in the region, and is linked to the Ionian sea by a small opening.

Environmental Station of Klisova
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Klisova lagoon is popular with scientists and researchers who want to study the region’s ecosystem. The small environmental station with four beds and simple accommodation needs offers this opportunity to interested parties. The station is operated by a committee connected to the municipality of Mesolongi.

Fraxos Forest
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Fraxos or Fraxou forest lies close to Lesini, covers almost 58 hectares, and has been declared a Monument of Nature. In reality it is all of what remains of the dense riverside forests that used to cover the Aheloos basin. The forest is replete with laurel and silver birch trees, while creeping plants like Rough Bindweed and Black Bryony climb the tree trunks to create a greener, dreamier landscape. So far, logging has not touched this valuable forest, which is home to the otter, as well as several bird species such as magpies, woodpeckers and others.

Lagoon of Mesolongi, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Also known as the sea lake of Mesolongi, this salty-water lagoon offers amazing scenic views and was formed by the sandy ridge rising from the deposits of the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, along with their deltas. A sand ridge called Louros also likes between the lake and the Gulf of Patras. Fishermen in past decades have built reed houses on stilts around the lagoon, almost looking Asian in their originality. Salt farms abound in the area, so do fish farms for eels and trout. The lake is also ideal for bird watching (see relevant section under Aitoloakarnania).

Lake Trichonida, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Lying between the Panaitoliko and Arakynthos/Zygos mountains, Lake Trichonida (or Trihonida) measures around 97 kilometres square, and a maximum depth of 58 meters in some areas. Melting snow and mountain springs feed the lake through numerous streams, and too much water sometimes teams the lake up with its twin, Lysmahia. Water-loving or hydrophilic trees such as willows and plane trees are abundant around the shore of these lakes, while all sorts of birds and fish coexist harmoniously in the area. The 150 species of fish include whitebait, sand smelt or silversides, including some endemic species, 30 of which are protected by law. Water-loving or hydrophilic trees such as willows and plane trees are abundant around the shore of these lakes, while all sorts of birds and fish coexist harmoniously in the area. The 150 species of fish include whitebait, sand smelt or silversides, including some endemic species, 30 of which are protected by law.

Nafpaktia Mountains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

National Park of Messolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

marshes, farmland, varied coastline and many little uninhabited islands that are teaming with birdlife, fauna and flora. Officially known as the National Park of Lagoons of Messlonogi-Aitoliko, Kato Rou, the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, and the Echinades Islands, the park falls under the RAMSAR convention and NATURA 2000 network, underlining its role in maintaining European biodiversity. Its notable natural attractions include:

Oak Woodland of Xeromero (Threatened!)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

At the foothills of the Akarnanian mountains or Akarnanika between Lake Ozero, the Arheloos River and the sea, the Valonia-oak woodland covers about 6000 hectares. Surrounding the oak area on 10,000 hectares are a mix of trees, with mainly oaks but interspersed with other species.

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Ambracian Gulf (Amvrakikos)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known in English literature and history as the Ambracian Gulf, this 400-square-kilometre body of water represents one of the largest wetlands in the region, and is linked to the Ionian sea by a small opening.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Castle of Roumeli, Antirio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Antirio castle, also known as the Castle of Roumeli, was built by the Ottomans on the foundations of a Venetian castle, and is in very good condition. It lies at the base of the Rio-Antirio bridge on the side of Aetoloakarnania.

Fraxos Forest
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Fraxos or Fraxou forest lies close to Lesini, covers almost 58 hectares, and has been declared a Monument of Nature. In reality it is all of what remains of the dense riverside forests that used to cover the Aheloos basin. The forest is replete with laurel and silver birch trees, while creeping plants like Rough Bindweed and Black Bryony climb the tree trunks to create a greener, dreamier landscape. So far, logging has not touched this valuable forest, which is home to the otter, as well as several bird species such as magpies, woodpeckers and others.

Garden of Heroes, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature’s way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.

Lagoon of Mesolongi, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Also known as the sea lake of Mesolongi, this salty-water lagoon offers amazing scenic views and was formed by the sandy ridge rising from the deposits of the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, along with their deltas. A sand ridge called Louros also likes between the lake and the Gulf of Patras. Fishermen in past decades have built reed houses on stilts around the lagoon, almost looking Asian in their originality. Salt farms abound in the area, so do fish farms for eels and trout. The lake is also ideal for bird watching (see relevant section under Aitoloakarnania).

Nafpaktia Mountains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Small churches around the lagoon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Agia Triada in Kleisova, Agios Sostis on the island by the same name near the Vasiladiou lighthouse and the Virgin of Prokopanistou built on a small island in the middle of the lagoon.

Theatre Of Makyneia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to Paliokastro Mamakou near modern-day Makyneia, there are remains of a small theatre lying at the food of a fortified hill, considered part of Aitolian Makyneia. The theatre is of unusual shape, with originally 14 rows of seats and an adjacent linear wing of 3 rows. It dates back to the late fourth century BC. The ancient theaters of Makyneia, Plevronas, Oiniades and Stratou are still found at the same location where the great namesake cities flourished.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There is a splendid Venetian castle gracing the hills of Nafpaktos with all its glory, plus old walls by its harbour. The well-preserved citadel and circular walled harbour, complete with ramparts, are considered among the finest specimens of castle architecture in the country.

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