Andritsena area

Andritsena, in the limits of Ilia and Arcadia, built amphitheatrically on a wooded hillside, was founded in the early 13th century and is one of the most picturesque villages in the Peloponnese, which offers many options to its visitors. Rivers Lousios, Neda and Alfios near the village are an ideal destination for those who love alternative tourism, as many activities such as hunting, kayaking, hiking, mountain bike, and routes 4 x4 occur.

In Andritsena also serves an important library, the largest and most important of Greece, founded in 1840 which has several thousand volumes of rare literary works. In the Folklore Museum of Andritsena objects related on the lives of the locals are exposed, which came from donations of the residents.

Fifteen kilometres away from Andritsena in the ancient arcadian city ‘Fygaleia’, lies an ancient temple built on 421 BC, that of Epicurion Apollon. This well preserved temple, constructed by Iktinos is one of the most important ancient temples of Greece, as there is being represented for the first time all three architectural rhythms of antiquity (Corinthian, Doric and Ionic).

A remarkable point to mention is the Gymnasium of Andritsena. It is the fifth in order of establishment by the Greek state in history, which its imposing presence make it to stand out from any other city building.

Other, also, important historical monuments, such as the castles of Linistena and Theisoa and the Roman baths in ‘Daphnoula’ area are located in the municipality boundaries.

Andritsena is situated from large cities of Pirgos, Krestena and Ancient Olympia, 65 km, 45 km and 55 km away, respectively. By the other road axis of approach, that is the highway of Tripoli – Temple of Apollon, Andritsena is 80 km away from Tripoli and 45 km away from Megalopolis.

Also, it is located 243 km away from Athens, 150 km from Patras and 80km away from Kalamata.

Sightseeing

Very close to the village of Andritsena you can find Neda river, the only river having a female name in Greece.
Many are they who want to “taste” its untouched natural beauty. Hikes are organized there having as a starting point one old stone bridge. On the trail, there are many signs that indicate the route from the bed of the river to the gorge, where the waterfall flows out from a height of 20 meters. The visitors can follow the path, duration of 7 to 8 hours, to cross the canyon but you must take into account that the walking through the river is mandatory and in some areas even the swimming.
The best time to visit the gorge is in late summer to early autumn. The river downs less water so swimming is easier.
It must be noted that the fauna, which occurs along the gorge, is worthy of admiration.

The Monastery of Sepetou is a well-known Medieval monument but also a sacred pilgrimage for thousands of Christians, who kneel before the miracle-working Icon of the Blessed Virgin of Sepetiotissa.

Fifteen kilometres away from Andritsena in the ancient arcadian city ‘Fygaleia’, lies an ancient temple built on 421 BC, that of Epicurion Apollon. This well preserved temple, constructed by Iktinos is one of the most important ancient temples of Greece, as there is being represented for the first time all three architectural rhythms of antiquity (Corinthian, Doric and Ionic).

Apollonion Hotel organises tours around Andritsena area and the sightseeings of Neda river, the Apollon temple and monastery of Sepetou.

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