The first reason for visiting Kalavryta is for its renowned rack railway. This railway, with a history of over 120 years, starts from Diakopto, almost next to the sea and slowly ascends the impressive Vouraikos gorge, providing passengers with unique images of nature’s grandeur. After a few stops and having passed through cliffs, caves and hanging bridges, the train arrives at Kalavryta. This small picturesque town is the centre of a mountainous area with amazing locations, such as the Planitero plane-tree forest, beautiful small villages like Zachlorou and Ano and Kato Lousoi, as well as an excellent ski resort. You will even find historic monasteries, old towers and impressive “quirks” of nature like the Cave of the Lakes with thirteen underground lakes sprawling on three gigantic natural levels. Found on the top of mount Helmos is Aristarchos, the second largest telescope in continental Europe.
> In 1943, Kalavryta suffered one of the most horrific war atrocities in world history by the Nazis. However, they managed to overcome and today Kalavryta is vibrant and very hospitable. It is worth visiting the Municipal Museum of the Kalavritan Holocaust.
> In the town’s alleys you will find very good restaurants like Spitiko with great cooked meals (+30 26920 24260) and Varvitsiotis the… meat-eating “shrine” that serves a delicious roast suckling pig (+30 26920 22049). There are also very fine hotel units, such as the Azanias Chalet situated in an idyllic location near the city.
> The Vouraikos gorge is an ideal destination for any hiker and nature lover. The trail follows the rack railway track and most people choose the downhill route for as long as they can endure, and then return to Kalavryta with the railway train.