A four-wheel tour round Plastira Lake
The sight of a lake with a series of picturesque villages rising from its shores and the nearby Agrafa mountains make the complete road trip experience.
Rising in the west…
Stately Neohori boasts splendid hotel accommodation and unobstructed views to the lake. An array of outdoor activities will get your motor running from the outset. Stock up first on a little spiritual sustenance in the historic monasteries of Koroni and Panagia Peleketi, before taking to the pistes around Agrafa’s ski centre.
A village that hugs the shores of the magnificent lake, it extends a cordial invitation for a quiet stroll, a scenic boat ride or simply a sip of coffee whilst gazing into the emerald waters at your feet. In the summer, on the beach of the lake you will find sun loungers, pedalos and canoes just as if you were at the seaside. The village itself makes an excellent starting point as you make for the mountain hamlet of Neraida, spreading out amongst the fir trees and affording you a glimpse of the top of Mt. Olympus.
Perched on an Agrafa mountain slope, it is a living model of traditional Agrafa architecture. Its surrounding footpaths will very soon catapult you into the heart of the Agrafa mountain range.
Mesenikolas is a small village surrounded by oak and chestnut tree forests, famed for its wine. In the winery, which is open to visitors, you will learn a lot about this local treasure and view the smallest, but most perfectly formed, PDO vineyard in Greece.
In Labero you will find a verdant forest spilling onto the beach and, at the water’s edge, a charming wood-built tavern, where you will enjoy hours of relaxation with the contours of the Agrafa mountains sketched out on the horizon.
In Kastania, with the village unfolding around the church of the Virgin Mary, visit the tsarouhi shoe factory, one of the last of its kind in Greece, still crafting its footwear by hand according to time-honoured practices. Talking of footwear, the surrounding nature will reward the intrepid trekker, irrespective of how comfortable your feet are!
Last but not least, in Moshato, the village with the long tradition in viticulture, you can savour the sweetness of the beauty around you and the wine on your table. You can indulge to your heart’s content but make sure to keep a steady hand on the camera when photographing the delightful one arched bridge!
Pep up your engine for a tour of Plastira. The lakeside break that goes like a dream.