Travel guide

Gastouni


General info

Welcome to Gastouni...

Gastouni is located in the western part of Peloponnese, across the island of Zakynthos, in the Prefecture “Ilia”. It is bordered by the municipalities of “Vartholomio”, “Andrabida”, and “Traganou” and “Amaliada” and it is 70 Km away from Patras and 285 Km from Athens. Gastouni probably got its name from a Frankish nobleman who has been living there during the Frankish period. However, the person who contributed substantially to the configuration of its history was “Georgios Sisinis”, a great Greek revolutionary leader who fought by the side of “Theodoros Kolokotronis”.

 

In the past…

It is well-known that from 550 A.D. to 850 A.D., in the wider area of Gastouni, one of the two biggest sericulture centres were built, because of the great flourish of mulberry trees. Thus, Gastouni became a great region of Mulberry cultivation. In 1205 the city was conquered by the Franks and Frankish nobles settled in and around the area. A Frankish named “Gaston” took the position of ' Catholic Governor' of the region, so the area was named Gastouni. An important part of the history of Gastouni is the famous “Sisinis” family, who played a key role to the public matters of the area since 1700 and the revolution of 1821. The head of this family was George Sisinis, friend and comrade-in-arm of Theodoros Kolokotronis.

 

Nowadays…

Gastouni of nowadays can provide all the necessary conditions and facilities for a pleasant stay. It has many historic monuments and attractions such as “Panagia Katholiki “, the Monastery of “Agios Nikolas” and the building “Sisini”, which constitute a pole of attraction for visitors. In addition, Gastouni is offered for alternative forms of tourism such as religious tourism and agrotourism. The magnificent beaches of the surrounding area, such as “Mpoukas” and “Palaiochoriou”, are certainly an additional motivation for the visitor to spend their holidays there. It is worth to mention that just e few hundred metres away from the town, there are mud baths which receive a large number of visitors each year.

 

 

Sight seeing

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

  • The Church of “Panagia Katholiki”, a Byzantine Catholic Church of the 12th century 

  • Home of the Sisinis family which previously began to be used as a City Hall 

  • the Monastery of “Agios Kavasilas” 

  • the “Kourvisianio” cultural centre with its library and historic material of the municipality 

  • the beautiful beaches of the surrounding area such as “Mpouka” and “Palaiochoriou”

  • the Square of Freedom 

  • the Central Square of Gastouni

How to go

By Car:

Gastouni is located 285 km from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (50-60 minutes). Leave Corinth behind you and continue your trip towards Patras (follow the road signs). Just before you enter the city of Patras, follow the signs and continue your journey on the “Patras – Pyrgos” Highway for about 70 km. Finally take the exit (attention to road signs) which will lead you to Gastouni.

 

Total travel time : 200-220 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Gastouni. 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 5147310

KTEL Busses Gastouni : ☎  (+30) 26230 35115

KTEL Busses Prefecture Ilia : ☎  (+30) 26210 – 20600, 20601, 20602

 

By Train:

OSE Train Station Gastouni : ☎  (+30) 26230 32238

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police station Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 32316


Taxi Station Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 - 32311, 32294


Health Centre Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 32222


Pharmacies Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 - 32223, 32815, 32715


Post Office Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 33626

 

Piraeus Bank Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 36000


Agrotiki Bank Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 32225


Ethniki Bank Gastouni : ☎  (+30) 26230 32395


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 35832


Municipality offices Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 33023


Fire Department Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 22199


Church of “Panagia Katholiki” Gastouni : ☎  (+ 30) 26230 35055

Distances

From the city of Gastouni to:

Athens

296 km

Thessaloniki   

544 km

Piraeus

301 km

Larisa

393 km 

Volos

366 km 

Ioannina

298 km 

Zakynthos

52 km 

Pylos

142 km 

Kalamata

143 km

Nafplio

203 km 

Patras

72 km 

Sparti

220 km 

Corinth

217 km 

Igoumenitsa

364 km

Pyrgos

29 km