The Lake of Vouliagmeni-Prefecture of Corinth

Trip Start Sep 12, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Lake of VouliagmeniWe leave behind Perachora heading towards the "Lake of Vouliagmeni" the unspoilt natural landscape seems as if it has been lifted directly from a fading 50's postcard. There is a small coastal settlement named Schinos, (Oinoi was the ancient name). In this lagoon the epic movie Lion of Sparta / The 300 Spartans was filmed in 1962.

The drive is pleasant and we come to a fish taverna and make a stop for a drink. I can imagine how busy this place would be during summer and I feel lucky that I am here in September when the crowds have gone. The different colouring of pine and cypress trees, the darker of carob trees and the silver-green of olive trees create a spectacular scene.    

The lagoon, which is not actually real because of the small opening to the sea, is what you see first as you approach the Heraion. As the last cove on a rocky spur jutting deep into the Gulf, the village of Perahora would have been a mariner's salvation on many stormy day or night. The water of the lagoon is not that refreshing a friend of ours told me because the salt content is much higher. Although the waters are shallow by the coast, it suddenly gets deeper. The best and most beautiful lovely beach in the area is the one to the west of the sanctuary with the fine white sand. This so called lagoon is surrounded by an amazing pine forest, one of the prettiest of its kind in the country. The waters keep calm and crystal but there is more to see after this place so we have to move on.

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mmbcross on

This area is quite spectacular, and it doesn't seem to be on the main tourist trail. Everything looks very traditional and local. Don't talk too loud or it will soon be full of obstreperous Russian tourists.

greekcypriot on

Believe it or not there were so many already out there. They come for the Thermal Spa, the Casino and the Monasteries that they are around! And at this time with all the crisis they are the ones who support businesses at the time being. They have already bought a couple of hotels in the city of Loutraki so they are all over.

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