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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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