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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark

Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

The gorge of Vouraikos River is one of the Geosites of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Global Geopark. The trail along the Vouraikos gorge is exceptionally beautiful, which makes this journey unique. The lithological composition of the Vouraikos gorge rocks, along with the continuing action of water, forming waterfalls, caves with stalactites andstalagmites, thus creates a striking landscape for the visitor. The natural beauty of the canyon can even be admired by walking next to the toothed lines, following the international E4path. In a journey where nature and history are intertwined, the rack railway train chugs along a dramatic 0.75-meter narrow ledge that overlooks waterfalls that rush below. The jagged tracks switch to and from beneath canopies of plane trees that gently brush by as the two carriages move through the towering cliffs, on their way towards the narrowest point of the journey as they squeeze through a tunnel known as the “Doors”.

For the last 120 years, the 22.5km journey has been inextricably linked to the 20km-long Vouraikos River at the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. Its anniversary will be celebrated from May 7 through to June 5 within the framework of European Geoparks Week. A lot of events will take place in the territory of the Geopark, in order to celebrate the 120 years of the rack railway train Diakopto-Kalavryta.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr

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