We were leaving Kalavryta having as final destination a village next to Tripoli where we’ve got a contract for a photo shoot. We had one free day to spend in the mountainous hinterland of Peloponnese. Our first choice was to visit the Spileo Limnon (Cave of the Lakes). Eventually we changed our plans and we didn’t regret at all.
Perhaps it would be difficult to think of Kalavryta as a ‘not to be missed’ tourist destination. Still, this pleasant mountain town is quite popular among both Greeks and foreignner tourists. Key facts : it is the last stop of Odontotos rack railway and a ‘sacred’ place associated with the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman occupation and the resistance to Nazism. Add to this that it is a good starting point to explore the surroundings.
We found a nice stopover point next to Diakopto beach which is perfect for sleeping, if you want to take the Odontotos train early in the morning, but also if you come from or go to Patras located less than 70 kilometers from there. We instead decided to head towards the small town of Kalavrita so we started driving uphill. About halfway, next to Zachlorou train station, we made a stop to visit the impressive monastery of Mega Spileo.