Discover Avgeniki and live unique experiences! The settlement got its name during the Venetian occupation (1204-1669), and comes from the word “Eugeniki” which means in Greek “noble”, as the nobility used to reside there. Take a tour of the picturesque alleys of the village, where you will find traditional houses and historic churches with Byzantine frescoes. Combine your visit with the route in the verdant gorge of Venerato with the old watermills, walk on old bridges and cool off in Kamarovrisi fountain, enjoying nature at its peak. If you are in the village on the day of St. Georgios’ celebration (April 23), do not hesitate to attend the festival organized after the end of the religious service and try traditional boiled meat with rice. The celebration of Klidonas (June 24) at Kato Vrysi is also of particular interest, as is the traditional festival on the celebration of St. Marina (July 17).
Church of Virgin Mary
Visit the stone church of Panagia Dromolatissa located at the entrance of the village, which dates back to the 12th century. Relax on the courtyard benches and enjoy the shade from the pine trees among the blooming gardens. Adjacently you will see a monument dedicated to the memory of those who fought in the revolution of 1897 against Ottoman rule.
Church of the Archangel Michael
Follow the lush green path to the two-aisled church of the Archangel Michael and Virgin Mary located in the deserted village of Vlachiana. Admire the architectural form and the frescoes inside that date back to the later period of the Palaiologos Dynasty. Finally, in the courtyard of the church you will see the tomb of the Founder of the settlement, Georgios Vlachos, who was a rebel fighter on the side of Daskalogiannis.
Monastery of the Crucifix (Moni Estavromenou)
Visit the Monastery of the Crucifix located just outside Avgeniki among vast vineyards and olive groves. It is a single-aisled basilica built during the Venetian period, when it also flourished. See the ruins of the monks’ cells on the south side of the church, as well as the surviving base of the wine press in the churchyard, revealing the inextricable relationship of the area with viticulture since way past. Observe the snag of the cypress tree on the roof of the temple, which had grown on its own and remained alive until the mid-1990s, when roof restoration work was performed.
Route to Kamarovrisi
Walk over the old bridge of Beirat Pasha and follow the lush path parallel to the river that will lead you to Kamarovrisi. While you walk, you will find on your left, among the orange trees, the ruins of an old watermill, from which the door is preserved in a fairly good condition. Continue along the path and you will meet Kamarovrisi and Mastrogiorgis Frangoulis’ stone bridge, where you can relax on the stone benches under the shade of the trees, enjoying nature. If you continue, the path will lead you to the gorge of Venerato; the path, however, is quite difficult, making the route a challenge.
The village is part of the “Wine Roads” network, owing to the systematic cultivation of grape varieties from which famous and internationally recognized types of wines are produced. You can visit one of the wineries of the area or the distillery of the village and try drinks that combine the traditional with the modern, such as rakito, rakomelo and lemon or mastic liqueur.
COTTAGE INDUSTRY-TRADITIONAL OCCUPATIONS
Visit the religious iconography workshop located in the village and see up close or obtain, if you wish, works depicting Saints or religious themes.