Ilia, one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, combines a unique landscape of outstanding natural beauty, i.e. sandy beaches, blue waters, the wild slopes of the mountain Erymanthos, many archaeological sites and offers many challenges.
The Kaiafa lake
25 km from Pyrgos, by the sea, lies the tranquil Kaiafa Lake, with its water flowing into the sea. The lake is known for its mineral springs, where the water gushes out of the ground, hot in several spots and cold elsewhere. The hot and cold water mix together, thus creating a natural steam bath, visited by many people who wish to treat respiratory and joints diseases.
The Chlemoutsi Castle (8 km from Glyfa)
The Chlemoutsi castle stands close to the village ‘Kastro’. The castle was built in the 13th century on top of a 220m high hill by prince Geoffrey of Villehardouin the 2nd. Later on, people came to call the castle Tornese, apparently through a confusion that this was the place where until the middle of the 14th century the Francs minted silver tornese coins.
The Chlemoutsi castle is a striking example of fortress architecture of the Frankish era and offers a panoramic view towards the islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaca, while on the east it overlooks the whole valley of Ilia.
Kyllini Spa Springs
Situated at a distance of five kilometers from the Ionion Hotel, the Kyllini Baths are one of the oldest, most complete and yet truly modern spa spring complexes across Europe.
Dating back to Roman times, the Kyllini Baths are known for the healing properties of its thermal water and mud from sulfur source, in respiratory, rheumatic, skin and other diseases.
At Kyllini Baths, inside a natural forest with dense vegetation, currently operates perhaps the most cutting edge hydrotherapy and spa centre in the European Union, visited for medical reasons by thousands of people from across Europe.
Glarentza, a significant fortified city, was built by the Villehardouins in the 13th century.
During the Frankish occupation, the city was a major port of the Peloponnese.
Panagia Vlacherna (18.3 km from the Hotel)
The historical Byzantine female Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna (Virgin Mary of Vlacherna) is located in the village of Kato Panagia.
The Monastery contains many valuable frescoes and also the image of the Virgin of Vlacherna that owes its name to the famous Church of St. Mary of Blacherna in Constantinople.
The Monastery construction began in the late 12th century and was completed later by the Franks. The day of the celebration of the Monastery is September the 8th.
The Monastery Panagia Eleoussa (2.5 km from the hotel)
Near the village of Ligia, in a wooded gorge, lies the Monastery of Panagia Eleoussa.
Next to the Monastery there is a cave with stalactites and its water is considered holy water. Built in the 9th AD century the Monastery owes its name to the image of the Virgin that was found there.
As regards the name “Eleoussa” this is a surname originated from the many pleas of the local residents to Virgin Mary to protect the area.
During the years of the Turkish occupation, the Monastery of St. Eleoussa was the refuge of all people that were persecuted. It has also played an important role during the 1821 revolution.
The Islet of Kafkalida
«A touch of loneliness and hope in the deep blue sea»
The lighthouse on the islet of Kafkalida is situated in the western part of the Peloponnese, to the Ionian Sea, just outside Kyllini, in the direction of the island of Zakynthos and having as a background the Mount Ainos of Kefallonia.
It was constructed in 1906 and has a height of 15 meters.
It is accessible by boat.
The Vartholomio Folklore Museum (8 km from Glyfa)
The Vartholomio Folklore Museum houses a very interesting collection of folk art, i.e., embroidery, weaving, a rich photographic material, tools and traditional costumes.
Ancient Olympia (68 km from Glyfa)
Olympia, was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus, Father of Gods and humans and venue of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games started circa 776 BC and took place in ancient Olympia every four years.
Olympia hosted the huge statue of Zeus made by the famous sculptor Phidias. The statue was made of gold and ivory and is known as one of the world ancient seven wonders.
Visit the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the ancient Stadium and Gymnasium and browse all places where athletes were trainings and the Games were held
The archaeological site of Olympia and the Museum are open daily from 8.00 am to 20.00 p.m.
Forest Foloi - Kapelis (87 km from Glyfa)
The Foloi oak forest is a unique forest in Greece that covers an area of 218,000 acres and consists of deciduous oaks that form a dense forest area. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.
It is located in the mountainous area of Ilia and Arcadia at the southwest foothills of Erymanthos.
Temple of Epicurius Αpollo Bassae of Figalia (120 km from the hotel)
The Temple of Epicurius Appollo is one of the most important and imposing Temples of ancient Greece. It was dedicated by the inhabitants of Figalia to Appolo, as they believed that the god prevented the spread of the plague in the area, during the Peloponnesian war.
The temple stands at an altitude of 1.13 m. in the heart of the Peloponnese. It is situated at a distance of 7 kilometers north of the city of Figalia and 14 kilometers from Andritsena, in the barren and rocky landscape of Bassae.
The Temple was built between 420-400 B.C. by Iktinos, the architect of Parthenon.
The Temple of Apollo Epicurius, one of the best preserved ancient temples in Greece, has been nominated in 1986 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The Temple's frieze consists of 32 marble slates, which are now found in the British Museum.
The region offers great potential for a variety of activities for lovers of adventure, for those who love water sports (Wind-surfing, Kite-surfing, Jet ski) or fishing (Vrachos, Fournia, Analipsi, Kefalopetra, Kafkalida, Kalafates and elsewhere accessible by boat).
Hikers will love the many options the area offers for small, medium and small paths, such as:
• the round the coast line, from Kyllini down to the Loutra and Arkoudi (approx. 5 hours)
• from Neochori to Chamolio and the Kastro till Analipsi (approx. 2.5 hours)
• from the village of Kato Panagia to PanagiaVlacherna till Analipsi (approx. 2 hours).
During your stay at the Ionion Beach Apartment Hotel, you can organize different excursions to archeological sites, temples, monasteries, recreational areas and tourist attractions, such as:
- Ancient Olympia (approx 1 hour drive)
- Pinios River-ancient Elis (approximately 30 minutes drive)
- Temple of epicurean Apollo Figaleia (approximately 2 hours drive)
- Andritsena (approximately 2 hours drive)
- Kotychi Strofilia, biotopes (drive-boat approximately 15 minutes)
- Strofadia - by boat
(by ship)-Amaliada Kourouta Beach (about 30 minutes drive , boat)
- Foloi forest (approximately 45 minutes drive)
- Katakolo-Pyrgos (about 35 minutes by car or Rail)
- Patra (by road or Rail, approximately 1 hour)
- Neda River waterfalls (around 2 hours drive)
- Kalavryta (approximately 2 hours drive)
Excursions to the islands of the Ionian Sea
The port of Kyllini (at a distance of 18.5 km from the hotel), connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia, with several ferry boats sailings daily: the journey to Zakynthos takes 45 minutes, while to Kefalonia one and a half hours.
Of particular interest are the summer festivals of ancient Olympia and ancient Elis, with notable concerts and theatre performances.
In the tourist village of ‘Kastro’ you will find taverns & many fashionable bars and cafes for fun and entertainment
How to reach the Ionion Beach Apartment Hotel :
Athens - Korinth - Kiato - Aigio - Patra - Arkoudi - Glyfa - Vartholomio
The distance between Athens and Glyfa is 308.5 kilometers, plus another 8 km to Vartholomio.
The daily itineraries of the National Bus Service (KTEL) from and to Glyfa and Vartholomio are numerous.
Glyfa and Vartholomio, as well as all the other cities/towns of Ilia area, are connected to Athens and Salonika through the National Bus Service (KTEL).
Amaliada Bus Service: +30 2622 0 28892
Gastouni Bus Service: + 3026230 35115
Kyllini Port Authorities: + 30 26230 92211
Patra Port Authorities: +30 2610 341002
Araxos Airport: +30 26930 23598 (55 km from Glyfa)
Taxi Service: +30 41500