Heraion and Vouliagmeni Lake (Blue Lake) are a 20 minute drive from Loutraki through olive tree fields to the edge of the Geraneia mountains, declared as a region of rare natural beauty!
Vouliagmeni Lake (Blue Lake) is a most picturesque and peaceful lagoon located 16 km northwest of Loutraki, very close to the archaeological site of Heraion. This salty lake is surrounded by luscious vegetation and green pine forests, mirrored in the lake.
The lake is 1km wide and 2km long and reaches a depth of 40m. It is surrounded by sandy beaches with shallow turquoise blue waters. Α small channel behind St Nicolas’ church, provides an outlet to the sea. The surrounding hills are lush and green all the way down to the beach and the water is clear and calm. Along the beach there are fish tavernas serving fresh fish right at the seafront. Beach-bar Ipanema offers a modern alternative with sun loungers and chilled cocktails all day long. For nature lovers or those looking for a quiet haven, the lake is pure magic, a short drive from Loutraki.
The Temple of Hera or Heraion is an archaeological site dedicated to Goddess Hera. The Sanctuary consists of two sections – one dedicated to Acraea Hera (Hera on the edge of the land) and the other one dedicated to Limenia Hera (Hera of the port). Recent excavations have led the researchers to the conclusion that there was only one sanctuary, the one of Acraea – Limenia Hera.
Ancient Greeks used this site as a port opposite the famous city of Corinth but today the site offers unique, open views of the Corinthian gulf. Do not forget to climb the short path to the top of the Melagavi lighthouse, switch your camera on and capture the infinite blue.
If you stay till sunset, the colours deep in the horizon will liven up your senses. Turning north, across the cape of Olmion, we can see the Alkyonides Islands, also known as Kalanisa, which are composed of four islands: Zoodochos Pigi, Daskaleio, Glaronisi and Prasonisi. Relics from ancient settlements and potsherds of Corinthia vessels have been found on these islands.