If you are a nature lover and you prefer mountain over the sea during wintertime, then an excursion in the mountainous area of Corinth is the ideal suggestion for you. Keep reading to find out why.
Destination: Trikala Korinthias. Distance from Athens: 140 km. Driving time: Around 2 hours.
Definitely one of the best destinations to feel the winter chilling atmosphere you need and so close to the capital. It has everything you need. Breathtaking landscapes, a small but beautiful ski center and really nice hotels! About a year earlier I spent 2 days in this amazing location. This is my review.
We departed from Athens early in the morning. The weather was really good and we were in our destination in about 2 hours. Our hotel was situated in a very good and central location so, we did not have any problem finding it. We parked and went to see our room. One of the best rooms I have ever been to was standing in front of me when I opened the door.
Camelia suites consist of 4 individual rooms, each one with its unique character. We were staying in the Manolia suites, on the upper floor. Great room, not so big but ideal for 2 persons. It felt very warm, maybe because of the thick carpets. The room has two levels. The living room with the fireplace, the jacuzzi, the small kitchen and the bathroom in on the first level and a nice wooden ladder takes you upstairs to the bedroom
Trikala Korinthias is at an altitude of around 1000 meters, with dense forests of firs and pines. Actually it consists of 3 “neighbohoods”: Lower Trikala, Middle Trikala and Upper Trikala. The truth is that they are so close to each other that sometimes you can not tell to which of the 3 you are if you have not seen the signs! Our hotel, camelia suites is on the middle neighborhood.
The area has many and very good restaurants with traditional Greek plates, representative of the local area and really nice cafes, all of them of course with a big fireplace! One of the most famous landmarks of the area is the Lake Doxa. It is an artificial lake at an altitude of 900 meters. In the heart of the lake on a small peninsula features a small church of Agios Fanourios
Unfortunately the day we went there the fog was so thick that you could not see in 10 meters distance! It was so annoying because you could not enjoy the glory of the location in all its sublime!
There is a very nice off road route to cross the whole area to go from one place to another, so we decided to take advantage of this fact and our car to test the ability of the HONDA CRV to the gravel. It passed my test…!
Something very weird happened this day… The weather was totally like a summer day, high temperatures for the season (beginning of December) and the sky was crystal clear blue. We were very happy because that was unusual at this altitude! As we were approaching and descending for the lake Doxa, we bumped into this fog you saw in the previous pics and we said that ok, the weather was getting worse… We spent about 2 hours to the lake and then we came back to go to the other places we wanted. When we reach an altitude higher than the Lake Doxa, we realized this. The weather was still like summer! There was though a HUGE cloud hovering over the lake! Astonishing!
In the same area, there is another lake, the lake Dasiou. That is a small, tiny you can say lake that has water only during the winter months because of the rainfall and snowfall of the mountain Zireia. Either way, it is a wonderful place you should pay a visit to if you find yourself here. Important tip. The lake surface turns into ice during periods with really low temperature! This fact is not so common in Greece!
As I told you, this lake almost disappears as we move towards the summer
That is my short description of 2 wonderful days in the mountain of Trikala Korinthias.
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