Travel guide

Andritsena


General info

Welcome to Andritsena...

Andritsaina, often called also the “stone city”, is located on the southeastern side of the Prefecture of Ilia in Peloponnese. The city is built in the mountainous area of Olympia at an altitude of 750 m. Although it belongs to the Prefecture of Ilia, it is located very close to the prefectures of Arcadia and Messenia. Connected with the mountainous villages of Arcadia and integraded in an area rich in vegetation and water, the town has approximately 575 inhabitants. It stands 240 kilometres away from Athens, 65 km from Pyrgos- the capital of Ilia Prefecture and 80 km from Tripoli, the capital of Arkadia Prefecture.

 

In the past…

The history of Andritsena goes way back in time, at the era of the Frankish domination (12th-13th century). Historical evidence for the long history of the city is the reference in the Chronicles of “Morea”, project of an unnamed writer of the 14th century, who described the history and the organisation of the Peloponnese during the period of Frankish domination. Andritsena also played an important role in the revolution of 1770, the so-called “Orlov” revolution, and of course the revolution of 1821. It is rumoured that the name of the city is due to “Andritsena”-the widow of the Cretan “Andritsos” - who founded an Inn, in the current site of the settlement during the 9th century. Over the years, houses began to be built near the “Andritsena’s” Inn and over time a settlement was formed.

Nowadays…

Andritsena still conserves its traditional architectural style and the character of the old city, a fact which commutes the city itself into an attraction. The touristic development during the recent years has been rapid, giving as a result services that can satisfy every guest. Hostels, traditional hotels, cafes and taverns compose the beautiful picture of today’s Andritsena.

 

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

  • the square of the settlement with the enormous plane-tree and the traditional coffee shops 

  • the “Trani”' Fountain constructed in 1724, which is the oldest fountain in Peloponnese 

  • the Folklore Museum of Andritsena 

  • the famous “Nikolopoulios” library with rare editions and manuscripts of the 16th century 

  • the ancient Temple of “Epikourios Apollo” (Apollo the Helper), in a distance of 14 Km from Andritsena

  • the rivers “Alfios” and “Nedas” which are watering the wider region of Andritsena, and also the Canyon of “Nedas” with its waterfalls, that consist a landscape of incomparable natural beauty

How to go

By Car:

Andritsena is located at a distance of 240 km from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km. Leaving Corinth behind, follow the road to Tripolis (attention to road signs in order not to lose the exit). When you reach Tripolis continue your journey on the new national road in direction to “Megalopolis”-“Kalamata”. Take the exit to Megalopolis and follow the road signs towards “Karitena” (approx. 9 km) and finally towards Andritsena.

 

Total travel time : 190-210 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Andritsena. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134110/2

KTEL Busses Prefecture Ilia : ☎  (+30) 26210 22592

 

By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police station Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22209


Taxi Station Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 - 41026, 41211


Health Center Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22222


Pharmacy Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22184


Post office Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22205


National Bank Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22233


Agrotiki Bank Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 23540


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Andritsena : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 41920


Municipality offices : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22236


Fire Department (Krestena) : ☎  (+ 30) 26250 21199


“Nikolopoyleios” Library : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22242


Folklore Museum Andritsaina : ☎  (+ 30) 26260 22430

Distances

From the city of Andritsena to:

Athens

240 km

Thessaloniki   

731 km

Piraeus

245 km

Larisa

582 km 

Volos

555 km 

Ioannina

368 km 

Zakynthos

141 km 

Pylos

136 km 

Kalamata

97 km

Nafplio

148 km 

Patras

140 km 

Sparti

138 km 

Corinth

162 km 

Igoumenitsa

434 km

Pyrgos

62 km