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Monuments & Attractions

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There are many ancient sites to visit in this green mountainous land that pours into the sea. Historic remains of towers, baths and castles can still be seen here, plus some monuments from more recent history. 

Syllas Cave

Considered one of the best preserved sites since the Roman era, this cave not far from the property and next to the Church of Aghion Anargyron was where the Roman General Syllas cured the arthritis in his legs. There are intriguing ancient Greek inscriptions outside the cave that pay tribute to the Roman leaders of the time.

Venetian tower dwelling

Visit this well preserved and lone Venetian tower sits in the center of Rovies, an attractive seaside village. The tower which is three floors high was built in the 13th century. Today it represents a kind of folklore museum containing old tools and antiques from the town.

Tower of Aidipsos 

Right in this town there are ruins of a Frankish tower that once housed Petronella Tokka, the former Baroness of Aidipsos and nearby Lichada.

Ancient acropolis of Oreoi

While not much are left of the walls and foundations of this acropolis of the ancient city of Oreoi, it might be worth a visit for the view. It lies just outside the little port of the modern town.

Crumbling walls and a vague outline of foundations are all that is left of the acropolis of the ancient city of Oreoi. They are located just outside the seaside harbour of Oreoi, representing all remains of this city founded by Pericles.

Roman Baths of Gialtra 

This little town which isn't far from Aidipsos also once had important thermal baths. Today only bits remain of the ancient baths along the beach today, although visitors can still dip into the thermal waters.

Cape Artemisio

Of great historic significance, Cape Artemisio is known for its treacherous waters that spelled the end of many sailors here. More importantly, it was where the Athenians won the battle against the Persians's second invasion led by Xerxes I.

Sanctuary of Artemis Proseioas

Just outside the small village of Pefki on a hill, there are some ruins of an archaic temple that paid tribute to the goddess Artemis. It was probably built during the 3rd or 4th century BC with local inscriptions referring to the dances and rituals that celebrated victory at the naval battle of nearby Artemisio.

Drosini Tower 

In the village of Gouvies the Drosini Tower is named after the last person to call it home, the poet Georgios Drosinis. It was built half a century before the poet was born by an Ottoman slave who won his freedom after designing it. Today the tower still remains well-preserved although renovations are needed.

Byzantine and medieval castle of Oreoi

Overlooking the peaceful seaside village of Oreoi, the remains of a once-grand castle stand sentinel. Built up during the period of Frankish rule, the castle was inhabited continuously throughout the Byzantine and medieval periods. Further excavation throughout the area revealed traces of buildings dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. Today little remains, though the views over Oreoi and the sea make the journey here worthwhile.

Archaeological Museum of Aidipsos

This small yet interesting exhibit is housed in the same building as the public baths of the municipality. Some noteworthy artefacts include a marble depiction of Hercules and a Roman statue of the demigod. Marble columns from nearby Gialtra dating back to the 4th century are also available for viewing.

Museum of Natural History of Istieia

The home of Greece’s largest collection of stuffed birds as well as a large variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, rocks and minerals, fossils and shells is this large and impressive museum in the northern town of Istieia. The centre aims to educate the public on the rich natural and geological history of the area as well as encourage both visitors and residents to take an active role it its preservation.

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