Messolongi is the "sacred town" of Greece and it is chiefly
known for the heroic exit of the "free besieged" in the 1821 war of
Independence. Among the sights of interest are the sally port, the Heroes' Garden,
the statue of Lord Byron and the museums. The nearby salt marshes give the town
a unique character. Here one can find the so-called "pelades" that are
fishermen's huts, supported on wooden stilts in the water. In a beautiful spot,
just out of the town is the historic monastery
of Agios Symeon and a little futher out are ancient Plevron
Fifteen kilometres out of Messolongi is the small, thickly populated island of Etloliko, which is connected to the mainland by a 300 metre-long bridge. The island consists of a large village and has a long naval tradition.
The second largest town, Agrinio, is a modern settlement with a good tourist infrastructure and a large tobacco manufacturing industry. It is worth taking a walk through the small pine grove for a view of the plain and a visit to the ancient town of Voukatio. One can also combine a visit to Trichonida lake, the largest lake in Greece with ancient Thermo, which was the centre of the Etolian league, followed by a tour of the archaeological sites of Oiniadai and ancient Strato. Near Agrinio is the Acheloos dam, which has a span of 1,600 metres, joining Etolia with Akarnania.
However, the jewel in the crown of this prefecture is the Ambracian gulf and the pretty coastal town of Vonitsa at its entrance, which is an ideal place to holiday. Another lively coastal resort on the Ambracian gulf is Menidi.
Nafpaktos, a beautifully picturesque town built amphitheatrically on the hillside, has a well-preserved venetian castle and pretty harbour with two watchtowers guarding the entrance. Significant remains of a medieval castle can also be found at Antirio, which is now a vital ferry link across the straits to Achaia in the Peloponnese.
This text is cited December 2004 from the West Greece Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image.
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