From Canyon Vouraikos passes the myth that wants Hercules pulling a stab with his sword at “Doors” cutting in both the rock he was closing the passage to reach by others to Eurystheus, according to others in his beloved Voura daughter of Eliki. From Voura, named the VOURAIKOS, the ancient name was “Erasinos”. But another myth and another law of nature that gives the unique phenomenon of unsurpassed beauty and the region thousands of tourists as has been called the most spectacular railway line in the Balkans.
The valley Vouraikos lake was like the whole area around Kalavryta. The water “looked” outlet to the sea and “coined” the magnificent gorge which was later handed over to the momentum of the eponymous river deepens the years in a way that would envy the greatest sculptor.
Vouraikos gorge starts 3 km. North of the village of Kato Zachlorou at an altitude of 730 meters and continues parallel to the river covering a distance of 20 km to reach the village Diakopto (Aigialeia), a one hour trip. In Diakopto village square is the old train station which will soon be reconstructed in “Information Centre and Museum cog” and the old locomotive of the funicular, called ‘Mountzouris “.
Waterfalls streams, caves with stalactites and stalagmites, rich alternating vegetation of trees, trees, olives and oleanders make a primitive beauty unique in Greece.
This inaccessible part “tamed” with absolute respect for the uniqueness of the technology on 10 March 1896, when he began the journey of the “Cog Railway”.
The slope of the line does not allow the use of a conventional train, so between the rails a gear shaft that allows the operation of a mechanism to raise the level of the sea at Kalavrita station at an altitude of 750 meters. It has the smallest length to width lines in Europe (0.75 m.).
Next to the train tracks there is a path formerly used by the local residents, today the same track is marked with the European Path E4 symbols used by hikers Greek and foreign hikers. The path to the download takes about 6 hours and climb about 7-8 hours.
Every year on the third Sunday of May is organized by the Association of Mountaineering and Skiing Kalavrita Mountaineering Club Aigio, Local Communities and of course the Friends Association cog: the National Pass involving hundreds of climbers and hikers.
The rack is not just a “train”. O unique combination of the aesthetic gorge Vouraikos tourisko are a unique attraction for Aigialeia, Achaia and Greece.
From Diakopto-from Diakopto
12:33 Sat / u-Weekends & Holidays
15:32 Sat / u-Weekends & Holidays
From Kalavryta-from Kalavrita
14:10 Sat / u-Weekends & Holidays
16:50 Sat / u-Weekends & Holidays
Level switch 2691 043206
Kalavryta Station 2692 022245
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