On the north side of Gerania, overlooking the Corinthian Gulf, we will walk along the unique seaside path.
The path that starts from the beach of Sterna and ends at the Lighthouse of Heraion, going through pine trees that smell like pitch, cedars, capers and wild olive trees embraced by ivies.
During the hiking, we will gaze, over the sea, at the arch at Sapounthi, discover hidden beaches while admiring the wonderful formations of the rocks created by the force of the waves. If we are lucky we will find fossilized shells.
The landscapes keep alternating until we reach the Lighthouse of Heraion and the archaeological site of the temple of Hera.
Next we will follow the asphalt road to Lake Vouliagmeni. On the way there we will see the ancient Krini (spring) and the area of the ancient aqueduct, a miracle of engineering for its time.
Then we will swim in Lake Vouliagmeni, a UNESCO site, known for its natural beauty, where in its turquoise waters we can see the reflexion of Mount Gerania.
Also available is having lunch at a local restaurant.
Length of trail: 9 Km
Track time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Information about the attractions of the track:
Heraion archeological site
Located about 15 km northwest of ancient Corinth, at the end of the Perachora peninsula. In the region have been disclosed outside of the sanctuary of Hera, the most important relics of the early Corinthian culture, including a lodge in Schedule c, a large dining hall, water reservoirs and a second smaller Temple. The Center was the sanctuary of Hera, at the harbor below the current Lighthouse Melagkabi. The area inpre-Roman years, constituted a vital part of dried Earth. The Corinthian art, geometric and the archaic slots, it would be atelestata known without the findings of Perachora. Excavations (1930-1933), stretching across the region of Ireo, and neighboringHoly Hera Extreme and Limenias. The investigation was expanded as the Lake of vouliagmeni, where identified residues of Neolithic, early helladic but and the Mycenaean era, while it has been speculated that there was considerable town named Heraion. The findings in the region indicate that the town of Oinoi was in the area of today’s Schinou, and the settlement, placed within the city of Loutraki.
Although there are different versions for control of the area from Argos, Megara or Corinth, it seems they were under the control of the latter as the entrance of the shrine was orientated towards the ancient ports of Corinth. During the Roman period here were built private houses, sample that the area was no longer sacred.
Here it is rumored that he buried the children been of Medea, abandoning the Corinth.
Cape Ireo of Perahora or Melagavi, at the end of the Perachora peninsula, is one of the largest lighthouses of Corinthian, which is the responsibility of the Navy.
Leading ships sail in Corinthian gulf and move towards the port and the Canal of Corinth. Opened in 1897 with an energy source oil and feature a white Flash every 10 DM. and luminescence 20 nm. The lighthouse was electrified in 1982, replaced the oil machinery and worked as an electrical characteristic has its own supervised a white Flash every 10 DM. and luminescence 19 n.m.
- during the 2nd World War the lighthouse remained turned off.
- on the right of the lighthouse, in depth, distinguished the Alkyonides Islands, the epicentre of the earthquake of 1981.
The grandeur of nature is revealed in front of you little kilometers north of the city of Loutraki. After you pass the Perachora, directed North-West, you meet the Lake of Ireo vouliagmeni, or as it is more commonly known. Don’t hesitate • swam in the deep blue waters, surrender to the unique beauty and enjoy fresh fish in taverns, exactly where the waves break …