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...In the passage of time, the culture of the people remains alive...
The Prefecture of Aitoloakarnania covers the westernmost part of mainland Greece. It is a fertile area, rich in aquatic resources with water running in abundance in its rivers that supply beautiful lakes and lush valleys.
River Acheloos is a “fountain of life”, an aquatic giant that carries on his “shoulder” the agricultural economy of the land.
The entire prefecture has been inhabited at least since the Paleolithic Era, as evidenced by firestone tools that have been unearthed in river-side and lake-side areas. In the passage of time, the culture of the people remains alive through monuments that stand as irrefutable witnesses of historic events, but also of moments of grandeur.
The ancient theaters of Makyneia, Plevronas, Oiniades and Stratou are still found at the same location where the great namesake cities flourished. A fascinating castle rises north of the town of Nafpaktos reaching all the way down to a Venetian port still in excellent condition to this day.
In recent years a multitude of sport infrastructure has been developed in Aitoloakarnania, such as water-ski at the artificial Lake Stratou, as well as facilities for canoe-kayak at the Bridge Bania Evinou.
The slopes of Mt. Arakynthos and Mt. Panaitoliko very often host the activities of the two Flying Clubs of Mesolongi and Agrinio.
The Lagoons at Mesolongi and Aitolikon, the lakes Trichonida, Lysimachia, Amvrakia and the Amvrakikos Gulf constitute ecological “paradises” that offer a different proposal of alternative tourism; with respect and sensitivity towards the environment.
Aitoloakarnania is lined with fascinating beaches. Nafpaktos, Mesolongi, Louros, Oiniades, Vonitsa, Palairos, Astakos, Amfilochia and Menidi are just some of them. Hotel facilities are continuously expanded and upgraded to accommodate the high numbers of visitors that arrive at the prefecture each year.
ΗMountainous Nafpaktia is one of the most ideal places for vacations or short weekend escapades. Verdant slopes, literally drowned in lush vegetation, offer tranquility, sports and entertainment.
Mesolongi, Agrinio, Nafpaktos and many more other towns often host quality events with the participation of many remarkable personages of the Arts and Letters.
Old customs are often revived, such as the Vlacho Wedding in Nafpaktos, the Palaiomanina in mid-August, but also traditional feasts such as the one in Mesolongi fifty days after Easter each year and in Aitoliko on 23 August each year. In Agrinio, every year, the Municipal Theater gives remarkable performances with talented and popular actors at the leading roles.
You should not leave the place before you taste Mesolongi’s superb Avgotaracho (roes of flathead mullet believed by some to be better than kaviar) but also the fresh fish at the Lagoon and the Amvrakikos Gulf or experience the richness of the local wines produced at the vineyards of the Aitoloakarnanian land.
In every town, visitors can enjoy traditional dishes at hospitable taverns either next to the sea or at the quaint villages of the mountainous areas.