Love is in the air in Western Greece. Aitoloakarnania has everything required to have two hearts beating as one; traditional villages, magical sunsets, mouth-watering cuisine, warm and welcoming accommodation as well as a variety of activities immersed in nature to raise the spirits even higher. What more could one ask for?
Romantic Escapes to Nafpaktos and the Picturesque Villages of Mountainous Nafpaktia
Among the first on the list of romantic destinations comes enchanting Nafpaktos. A short hop from Athens, it makes an ideal getaway with its idyllic shores and rolling landscapes. Delectable homemade fruit preserves will sweeten your palate and a drop of the local tipple in the Venetian harbor will put both your heart and mind at ease. Immortalize your memories in Aitoloakarnania by taking snapshots of love in the shade of the Venetian castle. Mountainous Nafpaktia, embroidered by nature’s own hand, overflows with beauty into each traveller’s senses-fulfilled cup. Once there, visitors can seek out their own cozy little nests amongst the quaint stone houses of traditional Ano and Kato Chora flanked by chestnut trees. Throughout the area, there are numerous opportunities for shared adventure including hiking routes that head skywards to magnificent mountain tops that have terrific views. Some may walk to the Evinos River from the beautiful central village of Platanos or hike from Neochori to Arahova – the hikes are a workout but the views are a true reward! Travellers have the option to dine with their partners in one of the traditional tavernas or share moments of wellness in the thermal baths of Stahti.
Experiences the Sunset over the Messolonghi Lagoon and Stroll through “Little Venice”
What could be more scenic than a bicycle ride along the road that connects Messolonghi to the islet of Tourlida? On the way, in the embrace of twilight’s spectral canopy, visitors will feel more in love than they’ve ever been before. Diving into the tranquil waters and swimming with Louros, a landscape of wild beauty, as a backdrop, is a one-of-a-kind feeling. In Aitoliko – or “Little Venice” as it is often called – travellers will pause for a coffee in a traditional café with a view of the “pelades,” a hamlet with ornate wooden houses. Finally, visitors can round things off by trying the exquisite fish roe served with local wine and will exchange their vows of love in the fading embers of the day.
Script your own love story in the leafy lanes of Aitoloakarnania; a heaven for affairs of the heart!