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Derveni

COUNTY: Corinthia MUNICIPALITY: Xylokastro-Evrostini

Rain
11.31ºC

Population

500 - 1,000

Infrastracture

Citizen Service Centre, Pharmacy, Gas Station

Distance from nearest city

35-50km

TL;DR

A coastal village with many sights, churches, and a lovely beach.

Derveni is a coastal village of about 900 residents, located 56km away from Corinth, and 75km from Patra. It was founded in the early 19th century, and its port was used to export raisins, during the years between World Wars I and II. Nowadays, the village produces lemons. In the past, the village had other names, such as “Stenoporo” back in 1928, “Aktaio” (meaning “Coastal”) in 1929, and was ultimately named Derveni in 1933. The village houses heroons dedicated to the fallen, to the murdered teachers, and to the murdered policemen, as well as the busts of Balis Georgios Nomothetis, Panagiotakis Geraris, and Adamopoulos Konstantinos. In the village, as well as the surrounding area, visitors can see the churches of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (the patron saint of Derveni), Agia Triada, Agios Andreas, Agios Panteleimonas, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Gerasimos, Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Varvara, and 'Kimisi Tis Theotokou' ('The Dormition of the Virgin'). The village's beach is wonderful. Its width used to be great for many years, but due to an underwater rockfall in 2012, it has diminished greatly. The cause of that is the mistral, which causes high wind waves, the highest in the Corinthian Gulf, right after the area of Loutraki. The beach's waters are particularly deep. During the time of the Greek Carnival festivities, the locals hold parades that attract many people. At a distance of 10km away from the village, to the south of the road that leads to the mountainous areas, visitors can find the church of 'Panagia ton Katafygion' (“Virgin Mary of the Refuges”). Its construction started in 1782, and it was built inside some of the area's rock formations.. It celebrates every 25th of August. In 2012, its interior was destroyed by a fire.