The tavern of Kristallenia is located at the village of Chantzis, only 15 minutes outside of Aigio city. Frankly, one of the most romantic places you will ever dine at. The warm atmosphere, so laid back, the high beaming ceilings and the traditional wooden décor worked wonders for the ambience. The inside area looked warm and inviting whereas the outside was surrounded by breathtaking mountains, occasionally filled with picturesque vineyards and waves of olive trees. The sunlight reflecting its occasional twinkle over the neighboring gorge, further added another captivated touch in this breathtaking canvas of awe. Mesmerizing!
The blend of the flavors is perfect, almost heavenly! Service just splendid as our attendant was available for us at every beck and call. The overall place, its explicitly grand ambience, the warm inviting food and the celebrity like special treatment will definitely make you want to go back in time and go through the wonderful experience all over again.
Agricultural Cooperatives Union
The Agricultural Cooperatives Union – Aigio, Greece (P.E.S. Union), established in 1935, consists of 44 agricultural cooperatives with active membership of about 6,000 active growers.
P.E.S. Union operates at its own new and modern complex which includes process and standardization factories for currants, olive oil and citrus fruits. The Union employs about 200 high-qualified persons on the company’s premises.
P.E.S. Union‘s main products are the following:
- Currants “VOSTIZZA P.D.O.”
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Citrus fruits (Lemons, Oranges)
- Organic products
Currently P.E.S. is the main exporter of Currants as it packs and exports approximately 60% of the total annual production.
P.E.S. Union is involved in almost 90% of the highest quality “VOSTIZZA P.D.O.” production but it also packs and exports great quantities of Currants of the “Gulf” and “Provincial” classes. It is considered as a pioneer in the cultivation and marketing of organic products in Greece since 1983.
At the same time, it is the main supplier of Currants of bakery and pastry industry.
Its products are distributed in all the EU state-members, mainly to England, Holland, Germany and France, as well as third countries such as Australia, USA, Russia, Japan, Canada, India and others.
Telephone Number: 2691 025169
Archaeological Museum of Aigio
The Archaeological Museum of Aigio opened on August 6, 1994. The building of the museum which originally housed the municipal market of Aigio is a work of the famous architect Ernst Ziller and it was built in 1890. The museum itself consists of six rooms covering findings from the Neolithic period to the late Roman one.
Room I: Findings of the Middle and Late Neolithic (windows 1-3) (6 to 4 millenium BC) and the EH period (Case 4) (3rd millennium BC) from the settlement of Krathi. They include pottery, clay figurines, loom weights and stone tools.
Room II: Here are the findings of the Middle Helladic (Case 5) (2nd millennium Amisus) and Late Helladic or Mycenaean period (1550-1060/40 BC) (windows 6-8). The Middle Helladic findings come from the town of Aigio and Krathio. The objects of the Mycenaean period have been found mainly in the investigation of the settlement and cemetery of the Aigio and the Aigeira, Trapeza and Achladia.
Room III: This room includes findings Protogeometric and Geometric period (late 10 th – 7th century BC) (windows 9-12). One important group comes from Derveni of Mamousia (Case 9), while special interest is an excellent set of funerary pithos which comes from Street Plastira in Aigio and includes four large bronze buckles and two Egyptian scarabs.
Room IV: In The Archaic (7th – 6th century BC.), Classical (5th – 4th century BC) and Hellenistic period (late 4th-1st century BC.) belong the findings of this gallery (windows 13 to 16). The Archaic period is represented in Aigio, the Mamousia, New Erineos, Kyrenia and Provodo Kamares, and few are the findings of the classical period. Unlike the more developed Aigialeia occur during the Hellenistic period after the establishment of the Achaean confederacy. Important findings from the tombs of this period in Aigio and Mamousia include pottery and jewelry.
Room V: 17-18 On display are also presented findings of the late Hellenistic period, while the last two showcases ((19-20) exhibited objects of the Roman period (after 146 BC), which include pottery and glass vessels, and objects of bronze, ivory and clay.
Room VI: exhibited the colossal statue of Zeus or young man with aigida (Aigiochos) of the first century. AD, which was found accidentally during excavation work for building in Aigio.
Telephone Number: 26910 21517
Historical and Folklore Museum of Aigio
Founded in 1994 from the Historical and Folklore Foundation of Aegialeia (I.L.E.A), by the initiative and actions of its president Vana Bentevi lyricist – historian. It is situated in a two-stoney traditional store building, which is linked to Andreas Londos’ historic family. Was opened for the public in September 1998. The Folklore Museum is placed on the ground floor and the Historic Museum is on the first floor. The exhibits are excusive offers from the residents of Aigio (family heirlooms) and cover all historical periods.
The folklore material is varied and remarkable, classified into units in four rooms, and includes: household utensils, furniture, costumes, agricultural tools and machinery used for household purposes, items rural and bucolic life, looms hand woven materials and tools of textile industry and others.
The Historical exhibits are also significant and of particular historical value. They are allocated in six rooms, according to the eras, from the Turkish Occupation until 1950. This material consists of guns, costumes, jewelry that dates back to 1821, coins, paintings, historical photographs, documents, war medals, items from the Second World War etc. In addition, there is a library with historical and folklore books and the Municipal Gallery that is housed in another room. Finally there is one more room that contains pieces of furniture, dining sets, portraits and hats from the Bourgeois Era of Aigio.
Telephone Number: 26910-62106
Public Benefit Corporation of Aigialeia
The Public Benefit Corporation of Aigialeia (DH.K.EP.A in Greek) was created in 2011 after the merger of all the relevant entities of the former municipalities that constitute the Municipality of Aigialeia. Its objectives include but are not limited to:
- The implementation of local projects for the protection and the general renovation of the natural, architectural and cultural environment regarding policies of national and European framework
- The promotion and further development of volunteering and solidarity among local society
- Concern for organizing concerts, theater performances and other cultural events
- The protection of museums, monuments, caves, archaeological and historical sites in the area
- The development of cultural tourism
- The organization of sporting events
- Participation in mass sports programs
Telephone number: 26910 28210
Scent and hospitality made in Aigialeia!
Εvery year, during the second half of August, DH.K.EP.A designs and organizes a unique event. OINOXENIA is an innovative custom, a multiday cultural and gastronomic journey to the landscapes and flavors of Aigialeia, to the rich wine culture, to the culture and hospitality of the region, with many sophisticated events and gastronomic happenings.
Music and gastronomy nights, concerts, horseback riding tours, games in the vineyards, movie nights, local tastes and exceptional wines, artistic events and guided tours at the local wineries compose a great program for oenophiles and not only.
Aigialeia unfolds its unique splendors. From the highland landscapes and villages to the coastal attractions, Aigialeia emanates scents of culture and hospitality.
Telephone number: 26910 28210
Odontotos rack railway
About 120 years ago Odontotos rack railway started from the seaside town of Diakopto parallel to the river and climbed to Kalavrita through bridges and tunnels. Since then the Vouraikos river and Odontotos go together. The little train incorporated so well to the natural environment that it seems that it had always been there. The way it was constructed did not put a strain on the ecosystem of the gorge. Using stone and wood from the area the technicians’ work is so perfect that someone may think that the nature worked on its own.
Odontotos is not just a train. Vouraikos gorge and Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita is a unique attraction to all of Greece. An area full of towns, villages, hospitable inhabitants, unique environment and the scent of Greek life. In order to write the history of this place we need volumes of books but a trip on the train will give you a real taste.
Telephone Number 1 (Diakopto Station): +30 26910-43206
Telephone Number 2 (Kalavryta Station): +30 26920-23050
University of Patras, Department of Environmental Engineering
The Department of Environmental Engineering was founded in 1998 with the name: Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management and it changed name in Environmental Engineering in May 2019. The above Department aims mainly to offer a complete education program in Environmental Engineering.
Since its foundation the above Department has been committed to offer education and research of international standards in the scientific areas of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Protection.
The Department of Environmental Engineering has currently 12 faculty members who supervise the research of about 45 postgraduate students and about 10 postdoctoral researchers with an annual output of more than 50 refereed publications in international scientific journals.
The Department’s main objectives are the systematic study of the environment related with the Conservation of the Natural Environment, the Management of Land Uses and the Rational Use and Management of Natural Resources. The purpose is to prepare scientists able to study, understand and take care of the protection of natural environment and the management of land uses. The final goal is the rational and sustainable management and use of natural resources, the confrontation of environmental problems and the consideration of Nature Conservation and the Management in Natural, Urban and Rural areas.
Telephone Number: 26410 74138