Mountain Nafpaktia is an area of exceptional beauty. Historic country churches and monasteries, examples of local architecture, bridges and beautiful walks on foot or by car make up a landscape that will impress you.
The active male monastery of Panagia Ampelakiotissa (15 km-20 minutes by car) with many centuries of history, delivered as being built in 1456 AD, is considered the “Ark of Nafpaktia”, since it keeps invaluable heirlooms such as the icon of Panagia , the right hand of St. Polycarpus, the patron saint of Marionas (1735), the remarkable wooden temple (1871 – 1874), the silver reliquary (1470) etc. The elegant katholikon with decorative stone reliefs was built in 1847. The second is the parish church Saint Nicholas. It was refurbished in 1744. In 1880 the temple was extended to the west and the women’s knight added. Surprising technique is the wood-carved iconostasis that was painted in 1748 by the local craftsman Athanasios [Damianos]
In the periphery of the neighboring municipality of Doridos, at the 21st kilometer of the provincial road of Nafpaktos – Lidoriki there is a branch, which after 6 km leads us to the historic Varnakov Monastery. The monastery is situated in a magical, serene and panoramic landscape full of vegetation and towering trees. The Varnakov Monastery is one of the oldest monastic centers in Greece. It was founded in 1077 AD. by Arsenios the Vernicovitis.
The emperors of Byzantium Komnenoi as well as the despots of the Despotate of Epirus Angels Komnenoi and Palaiologi connected their name with a series of dedications to the monastery. In the Nation’s Liberation Struggle, the monastery offered invaluable services. Kyoutachis blew it in 1826 and John Kapodistrias rebuilt it in 1831.
You can also choose to visit the artificial lake of Mornos, one of the most picturesque lakes in Greece and the new artificial lake of Evinos.