Epitalio: 10 Ways to See All of Greece in Just One Village


Do you want to see all of Greece in one village from the Age of Homer until today? Come to Epitalio, known as Thryon during the Mycenaean Age. Later, during the Greek War of Independence in 1821, as Agoulinitsa – named after the region’s exquisite wetlands – it heroically fought bloody battles against the Ottoman Turks. Through two world wars and post-war civil strife, victories continued for the picturesque Peloponnesian town that has been especially endowed by nature.


Built on the verdant slope of Dardiza where the 110km long Alfeios River forms its delta, it is part of the Natura 2000 network. The river flows to the coast where loggerhead turtles once laid their eggs in the golden sand. These days, however, all you’ll find are ramshackle huts, built illegally in just one summer’s night. In winter, waves reclaim the beach, getting their revenge. What’s left are images of…

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Last Call for Entries!



Camera Zizanio

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There’s only two weeks left to submit your films to the 15th edition of Camera Zizanio, the European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation. The deadline is, October 10.

Don’t miss your chance to enter your films this year!

In order to submit your work go:
Greek sectionHERE
International /European SectionHERE

15th Camera Zizanio will be held in Pyrgos, Greece, along with the 18th Olympia International Film Festival of Children and Young People
From November 28 to December 5

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Ktima Kantri


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ktima-kantri-leventochoriKantris is the last name of the owner of this traditional Greek taverna. It is a suitable name since the tavern is situated in the “kantriside” (countryside) surrounding the picturesque village of Leventochori, near Katakolon.

Experience Greek hospitality in this shady ranch-like looking Greek taverna. Open all day, Ktima Kantri is the perfect place to enjoy the owner’s catch of the day after a long day or night in the sea, since Petros, the owner, delivers his “catch of the day” daily. If you are not a “fish person”, apart from grilled fish, Petros’ wife Giota will spoil your taste buds with grilled meat of outstanding quality, Greek pies and homemade bread.

All fruits, vegetables and salads served are grown by the family in their vegetable garden.

Leventochori (Greek: Λεβεντοχώρι) is a village in the municipality of Pyrgos,ElisGreece. It is located near the Ionian Sea, at the foot of a low hill. It is 1 km south of Skafidia, 3 km west of Skourochori, 4 km northeast of Katakolo and 10 km west of Pyrgos town centre.

Leventochori is a picturesque village with small tavernas and a beautiful sandy beach approx. 500 m from the village.

The name of the village was given, according to oral tradition, the following way: the first settlement (even before the village) was created by two families. When the question of the name of the settlement arose, which had now expanded, conflict was created between the two families, and each claimed their surname to be given. The solution was finally presented by a passerby hosted by an old woman, who with the spirit of compromise suggested they not give a specific name, as both families had this in common, they were open, hospitable and brave, and to name it “Leventochori” (village of the brave lads).

“O Menino e o Mundo” to open 17th Olympia Festival


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 Alê Abreu’s O Menino e o Mundo / The Boy and the World uniquely visual animated film is to open 17th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and 14th Camera Zianio.
The Boy and the World is a extraordinary animation with many artistic techniques, portraying the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. Suffering from the lack of the father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings.
The premiere of Alê Abreu’s film in Greece will take place on Sunday 30 November, 2014 in Pyrgos of Ilia and in 10 cities of the Perfecture of Ilia at the same time.
O Menino e o Mundo sweeps awards at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2014, Cuiabá Film and Video Festival 2014 , Mill Valley Film Festival 2014, Seattle International Film Festival 2014, Shanghai…

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Don’t miss this special event in Pyrgos!


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Camera Zizanio


From Mako and Pyrgos to Berlinale, with Roland Ferge!

It’s been almost ten years from the first day that we met Roland Ferge for the first time, in his hometown in Mako. A small town in the south of Hungary.

He was a fifteen year- old shy boy but with great love for cinema and cameras. He was member of Kálmán’s Czibolya team, an experienced cameraman and director, who organizes film workshops for youngsters and also Zoom to Europe Film  Festival.

Along with Kalman and some others youngsters from Hungary, Roland has repeatedly visited Greece and Olympia Film Festival. By participating in Camera Zizanio with his films and also attending film workshops and many other parallel events… slowly revealing his talent.

As a natural progression of the above course of action, was his decision to follow the path of professional filmmaking. He studied at the Film Academy in Budapest…

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Ancient Platiana (Tipaneai or Aipy)


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Ancient Platiana (Tipaneai or Aipy)

(37.57 km – approx. 45 mins from Katakolon)

The remains of the ancient city (Tipaneai or Aipy) are located on a hill of the Lapitha Mountain, South of the village called Platiana (district of Olympia). This fortified, oblong city (max length: 600m, width: 200 m) is surrounded my walls, which probably date to the 4th or 3rd century BC and are preserved in quite good condition (reaching 5m in height in some places). Three large gates are set in the North-West, South-West and East side of the walls-the latter being the main gate. There are also several square or trapezoidal defensive towers. The walls are built of large blocks in polygonal masonry.

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Ancient Platiana

One of the terraces is occupied by the theatre, whose stage-building and cavea are partially preserved. On the other terraces one can see: a) the “Acropolis”, b) the “Agora” with a large cistern carved in the natural limestone rock, c) the retaining wall of the “Temple”. In the East part of the city are the foundations of several different buildings, which may be houses of distinguished persons of the city.

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General plan

Systematic works at the acropolis were conducted during 2002-2003 by the 7th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

the kafeneion


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the greek kafeneion

In many villages you will see the traditional Greek coffee-houses, one of the oldest gastronomic institutions in Greece. This is the place where the older Greek men spent most of their waking hours. They go to the kafeneion and play cards, backgammon with friends, or simply sit alone with their thoughts. Traditionally kafeneia serve gritty Greek coffee, ouzo or coupa (a water-glass filled with the local wine). When the village clock strikes 12, as if by mutual agreement, all start to order their ouzo, preparing their taste buds for the lunch which is going to follow. As for the decor, well, it’s non existent.

In the authentic Greek villages, women are not supposed to go there. If they do, they will start gossiping in the village. This doesn’t mean that women are weak-willed. There is a saying in Greek which says that the man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck and she turns the head in whatever direction she wants!