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Messolongi is the "sacred town" of Greece and it is chiefly
known for the heroic exit of the "free besieged" in the 1821 war of
Independence. Among the sights of interest are the sally port, the Heroes' Garden,
the statue of Lord Byron and the museums. The nearby salt marshes give the town
a unique character. Here one can find the so-called "pelades" that are
fishermen's huts, supported on wooden stilts in the water. In a beautiful spot,
just out of the town is the historic monastery
of Agios Symeon and a little futher out are ancient Plevron
Fifteen kilometres out of Messolongi is the small, thickly populated
island of Etloliko, which
is connected to the mainland by a 300 metre-long bridge. The island consists of
a large village and has a long naval tradition.
The second largest town, Agrinio, is a modern settlement with a good
tourist infrastructure and a large tobacco manufacturing industry. It is worth
taking a walk through the small pine grove for a view of the plain and a visit
to the ancient town of Voukatio. One can also combine a visit to Trichonida
lake, the largest lake in Greece with ancient Thermo,
which was the centre of the Etolian league, followed by a tour of the archaeological
sites of Oiniadai and ancient
Strato. Near Agrinio is the
Acheloos dam, which has a span of 1,600 metres, joining Etolia with Akarnania.
However, the jewel in the crown of this prefecture is the Ambracian
gulf and the pretty coastal town of Vonitsa
at its entrance, which is an ideal place to holiday. Another lively coastal resort
on the Ambracian gulf is Menidi.
Nafpaktos, a beautifully
picturesque town built amphitheatrically on the hillside, has a well-preserved
venetian castle and pretty harbour with two watchtowers guarding the entrance.
Significant remains of a medieval castle can also be found at Antirio,
which is now a vital ferry link across the straits to Achaia
in the Peloponnese.
This text is cited December 2004 from the West Greece Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image.
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