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.
On our way to Chania, last stop on our tour to the four corners of Crete, we decided to make a short detour and to visit the two monasteries of Akrotiri peninsula, often classified as “must-see” of the island. The first, moni Tzagarolon, is well worth its reputation. The second, moni Gouvernetou, was closed for restoration works so we have to content ourselves with a hike down to the deserted monastery of Katholikon. And it was really unique!