1. Vela Beach
2. Astakos Beach.
ETOLOAKARNANIA (Prefecture) GREECE
The visitor here can enjoy the charms of both mountains and sea. Famed for its ecological wealth, Etoloakarnania possesses long stretches of coastline with numerous beaches. After a pleasant 15-minute ferry ride from Rio to Antirio, one arrives at the beautiful town of Nafpaktos, built amphitheatrically on a pine-clad slope. The sight of the famous castle and its traditional settlement is enchanting. A few kilometres away are the beaches Psani and Gribovo which are run by the Greek Tourist Board (E.O.T) and have facilities for various water sports. The chief features of this region are its golden sandy beaches and the wonderful view across Patraikos gulf. On the western side, after Messolongi, is the enchanting Etoliko, a picturesque place with a long naval tradition and rich folk culture. A short distance away are the beaches of Stamanas and Rebakia. Continuing this pleasant journey, one reaches the cosmopolitan Astakos, where the nightlife lasts until the wee hours of the morning. Astakos is a pretty town built on a steep slope overlooking the sea. It is also ideal for quiet holidays as the imposing mountains, endless pine forests and deep blue of the sea give the area a peaceful air.
In the province of Vonitsa are the towns of Mytikas and Vonitsa. The area has a cool climate, harmonious combinations of scenery and hospitable inhabitants who keep secret recipes for all the marvellous dishes of Greek cuisine. Fresh fish and seafood are the order of the day as well as excellent local dishes. Eating out here is a ritual in itself. Let the aromas carry you away and discover something new even in the humble tomato sauce. After you have finished your meal, you can complete this itinerary in the area of Amfilochia. Here you will gain long-lasting memories that will draw you back to the hospitable land of Etoloakarnania.
This text is cited December 2004 from the West Greece Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image.
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