Address: Panagia, Vonitsa, 30002
A few words about Vonitsa
Vonitsa is a town in the northwestern part of Aetolia-Acarnania in Greece, seat of the municipality of Aktio-Vonitsa. The town is set in a lush, green environment overlooking the Ambracian Gulf, which is one of the few places in Greece where you still get a peek of the endangered bottlenosed dolphins.
Vonitsa is built near the site of ancient Anactorium, an important city of Acarnania, founded by Corinthians in 630 BC. and was founded during Byzantine rule. Vonitsa was controlled by the Republic of Venice between 1684 and 1797. After the Greek War of Independence, the town became a part of Greece in 1832.
Vonitsa with its beautiful natural environment is a perfect setting for a break of a couple of weeks and the medieval castle and the ancient site nearby will give you plenty of opportunity for sightseeing.
- The castle of Vonitsa, up on the hill, built at the Byzantine period.
- The church of Saint Mary, near the port of Vonitsa.
- The church of Agios Spiridonas, in the centre of Vonitsa.
- Koumoumitsa, the islet in the bay of Vonitsa, which has access by a stone footbridge that connects it to the beach.
- The fortress of Aktion, built in the 18th century.
- The lake of Voulkaria, near at the village of Agios Nikolaos.
- Thyrion village, built above the hill with wonderful views of the Gulf of Amvrakikos.
Vonitsa is the Perfect place for your base camp if you want to explore the Ionian sea.
Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkada and Paxi are easily accessibly by boat and you will able to discover why these islands are considered to be among the most beautiful places in the world!
Corfu island is only less than 115km (70mi/60nm) from Vonitsa. Corfu is among the most beautiful and popular islands of the country. Corfu island has a cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character. Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Kassiopi and Acharavi are nice tourist places on the northern side of the island, while the inland is dotted with lovely villages and many sightseeings. Apart from the wonderful beaches, the highlight of the island is the Old Town with the characteristic Venetian style.
Zakynthos is around 130km (80mi/70nm) from Vonitsa. Zákynthos is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate. Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part. Yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island.
Kefalonia is only 80km (50mi/45nm) from Vonitsa. This lush green island with breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters of greenish-blue colours will leave you speechless. Kefalonia glows in the Ionian Sea and carries a rich history in cultural tradition. If you happen to love snorkeling or diving then the island’s amazing seabed will definitely satisfy you. You might even get the chance to encounter the rare, caretta caretta, sea turtles that take refuge here, as well as the monk seals monachus monachus. Kefalonia’s culinary tradition, history, picturesque villages, upbeat nightlife and pristine beaches will make you fall in love with the island.
Ithaca is about 65km (40mi/34nm) from Vonitsa. Famous all over the world as the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca charms visitors with the laid-back island, the blue green water and the lush greenery. This is a small place ideal for families and romantic couples. Swim in the crystal water, walk along trekking paths, have your meal in fish taverns and chat with the welcoming locals. In the day, enjoy the hot sun and the clean water, while in the evenings stroll along the beach promenade of Vathy and have a relaxing drink with view to the night sky. Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis are amazing beaches of Ithaca island, while you will find many other secluded coves to swim.
Only 30km (20mi/17nm) away from Vonitsa you can visit Lefkada. Considered as the Caribbean of Greece, Lefkada island amazes visitors with the exotic blue colour of its beaches. Connected to the mainland through a small bridge, Lefkada can actually be accessed by car, so there is no need for ferry. This is the perfect place for families, couples and large groups of friends, as it has something for everyone. The beaches, on the western coast of Lefkada Greece, distinguish for the wonderful colour and the impressive landscape, particularly Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma. Around the island, visitors can find lovely villages with fish taverns by the sea and surrounded by lush greenery. Nidri, Vassiliki, Sivota, the Town and Agios Nikitas are beautiful places with special character each one.
About 75km (45mi/40nm) you can find the islands of Paxi and Antipaxi. These tiny islands are located south of Corfu, on the northern side of the Ionian Sea. This is a place with intense cosmopolitan style due to the many yachts that moor in its ports in summer. Paxi island is mostly famous for the wonderful beaches with the exotic blue color. Particularly the uninhabited islet of Antipaxi has few of the most wonderful beaches in Greece, with true Caribbean water. The islet of Antipaxi is right next to Paxi and can be reached within minutes. Gaios, Lakka and Logos are the three villages of the island, with traditional architecture and relaxing beach promenades.