The trip on the funicular railway resembles a journey in a dream.
Once the train has left the tranquil, peaceful landscape of Diakofto, it delves into the deep gorge of the Vouraikos river that runs down from Helmos.Before long the little train is clutching the rails with its "teeth".
The higher you go the better you appreciate nature' s silent work. Enormous rocks, boulders gnawed by time, trees hanging from the mountain slopes call forth awe and admiration.
The first stop - pause for breath - is at Trekilia for a quick cup of coffee; then on to the village of Zahlorou at an altitude of 642 m.
This traditional village possesses a rare natural beauty.
The town of Kalavrita, the third stop on the funicular, is spread out on the slopes of Helmos at an altitude of 750 meters.
Numerous tall plane trees offer their welcoming shade. They line the streets like an arcade.
The charming houses, streets, trees all make you feel right at home.
The town exudes tranquillity. Just outside town a Venetian fortress, "the castle of Orea", stands atop a bluff.
This text is cited December 2004 from the West Greece Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image.
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