Lafionas

Mountain village in the north close to Petra

The mountain village of Lafionas is located on the slope of the mountain Roudi, about 4km away from the coastal village of Petra. Lafionas is surrounded by old olive groves and extended pine forests. In the very traditional village you will find a few kafeneions and little shops. In the morning fresh fish and vegetables are delivered by mobile traders. Mostly elderly Greek people sit at the plateia or on one of the terraces with a stunning view over the bay of Petra, enjoying a coffee or ouzo. Strangers are welcome, but the locals may look curiously at you. Sometimes this is the beginning of a friendly chat.

Lafionas is a good starting point for hikes in the area. The mountain Roudi can be climbed or you may take the lovely hike out of the village and visit the old charge of Saint Alexandros (with his sarcophagus in front of the charge door). In the neighbourhood you can find the ruins of the settlement of Klapados, the setting of one of the last victorious battles between the Greek forces and the Turkish army in December 1912. From here starts an ecological hike through the pine forest with stunning views to Anaxos, Petra, Molivos and Eftalou.