Springs of Krya
The Springs of Krya are located on the southern outskirts of the city of Livadia. The river that flows in this particular place is one of the two in Greece with a female name. This is the river Erkyna, which took its name from the nymph of the same name, (the other river with a female name is Neda, located between Ilia and Messinia).
The mountain above Livadia is Elikonas, while nearby is the famous Parnassos, which can be seen when approaching the city. A short distance from the springs of Krya, the oracle of Trophonius was located in antiquity, which also served as a precursor for the oracle of Delphi. Inside the river there is a bust of the nymph, a nice find for the visitor to understand the story.
The area is quite exploited, while it is suitable for families with children. The trees provide rich shade, the municipality has installed several benches and the streets are largely paved. Several small bridges or structures connect the two banks of the river. Small waterfalls, age-old plane trees and watermills frame the landscape, traveling the visitor peacefully to another era.
Other attractions in the wider area of Pigon Kryas are the oracle of Trophoni (or whatever is left of it), the stone theater of Krya, the ancient sources of Lithis and Mnimosinis, part of the Byzantine castle and more. If one has an appetite for walking, one can reach the small church of Agia Ierousalim, from where one can enjoy the view of Livadia, the castle and the clock of the city and the wider area.
On both banks of Erkyna there are cafes and restaurants, where one can enjoy the famous souvlakia, with architecture that greatly respects the environment. Depending on the weather, one can sit outside or inside to enjoy the river and the small waterfalls, with the tranquility of the place. Parking is relatively easy, unless there is an event in the area. All these elements make the Springs of Krya an ideal destination for relaxation, an hour and a half only from Athens.
1. The Oracle of Trophonius
2. The Stone Theater of Krya
3. The Ancient Sources of Lithi and Mnimosini
4. The Church of Agia Ierousalim
5. The Castle of Livadia
6. The Clock of Livadia