The surrounding area of Attica, a land endowed by nature, has been one of the major spiritual centers of Greece since the ancient times. The important historical and archaeological sites, Byzantine monuments, the massif, fertile valleys and clean coasts in combination with its proximity to Athens offer a very attractive outlet for daily trips to whoever wants, even for a while to escape from the tension and the city pace.
A trip to Vravrona combines visiting the remarkable archeological site with the pleasant drive to one of the most beautiful areas of Attica. Lush green fields, vineyards, olive trees, mountains and the beautiful coast line of Evoikos. If you can not stand the heat of Greek summer you can go to the sea just in front of you for a quick and relieving dive. Make sure you follow the signs to Markopoulou and Porto Rafti and turn left after you see Vravrona sign. Just few kilometers before you reach the sea, you will see the archeological site and the museum on your left.
Artemis of Vravrona Vravrona was dedicated to goddess Artemis, protector of hunters, animals and people’s safe birth. Being enraged from the killing of two small female bears, Artemis caused epidemic in Athens. Then she asked an oracle to tell Athenians that all girls living in Attica aged from 5 up to 10 years should devote their lives to her. Athenians obeyed her command and brought all girls to her temple, where they spend big period of their childhood serving her and participating in celebrations organized in there. The girls staying in the temple were called arkti (bears). The celebrations in honor of the goddess were called Vravronia and included music events, sports games and recitation of poems.
Archaeological Site: Here you will see the coexistence of ancient ruins of Artemidos temple with a Christian church of the 15th century dedicated to Aghios Georgios. The only still preserved part of the ancient temple is the podium, therefore we do not know the original shape of the initial ancient Greek temple. If you walk on the bridge built during the classic period and leading to the temple, you can visit the partially restored Porch.
The Museum: It is a small but remarkable museum housing exhibits that were found not only in Vravrona but also in Anavissos, Perati and other parts of Attica.
Paiania Cave (Koutouki). The variety of rocks and multiform stalagmites and stalactites make Koutouki Cave one of the richest and most remarkable caves in Greece. It extends over 3.800 sq. m and is located in the eastern side of Imitos Mountain 4km away from Paiania, Mesogeia, at an altitude of 540 m.
How to go there. Vravrona is located only 38 km away from Athens. If you go by car follow the road Markopoulo-Porto Rafti at the end of Mesogeion Avenue after Aghia Paraskevi suburb. There is also a bus departing every hour from Mavromateon Str. (Pedion tou Areos Square – tel. 210 82.30.179).