Napi - The Bridge of Kremasti and Donkey Races

  1. General Information
  2. Napi Attractions
  3. Donkey-Racing in Napi
  4. Nearby Attractions
       4.1  The Bridge of Kremasti
       4.2  Archaeology: The Temples of Klopedi and Messon

General Information

The village of Napi is situated 3 kilometers north of Agia Paraskevi. Built on the side of a hill, Napi is located in proximity to numerous sites of interest in the Evergetoulas region.

The valley of Napi is a favorite spot for birdwatchers. If you set off from Agia Paraskevi and proceed northwards, you will be able to observe a variety of bird species - including Cretschmar’s Buntings - and find a narrow dirt track that can be highly productive in the early morning or late evening.

Napi Attractions

The picturesque settlement is home to the church of ‘Agios Ioannis o Theologos’ (Saint John the Theologist) with its impressive iconostasis and another three small-sized temples are located on the hill of Trouloti, in the northwest of the village. In the chapel of Taxiarches, visitors can observe a number of pieces of Aeolian marble removed from the nearby Ancient Temple of Klopedi.

An Archaeological and Folklore Collection is housed within the premises of the Napi Secondary School. Visitors here can admire a number of agricultural tools and old household utensils, traditional costumes, traditional pieces of furniture and jewelry donated by the local population, the painting of local artist Theofilos of the Asia Minor city of Smyrna, and the Aeolian capitals of Trouloti. The Collection is open between November 1st and March 31st from 8.30 am to 15.00 pm. Entrance is free.

Donkey-Racing in Napi

Are you fond of donkeys? While horse-racing is popular in many parts of Greece, donkey races are a rarity. Napi is one of the few places where one can attend a race of donkeys and it is worth coming here at the end of July, on the eve of the feast of Saint Panteleimon (26/07), to observe these adorable creatures racing in pairs until one winner to the race can be proclaimed. The event is attended by hundreds of visitors who hoard to Napi from the surrounding villages to cheer the donkeys on their race to glory.

Nearby Attractions

The Bridge of Kremasti

Should you start your trip from Agia Paraskevi and take the turn to Napi and Mandamados (watch out for the appropriate road sign), you will soon encounter a left turn to a dirt road. The Bridge of Kremasti is only 400 meters away. The 8.5 meter-tall bridge was constructed by the Gatelouzi line between the 14th and 16th century AD. According to oral tradition, the wife of the chief craftsman was built inside the bridge, an act that would ensure it could remain strong over the centuries. Kremasti bridge is set in an area of tranquil natural beauty characteristic of the Lesvian landscape: grazing sheep, thousands of wildflowers and the sound of birdsong compose a pastoral setting that is worth visiting whether or not you believe in the story behind the construction of Kremasti bridge.

Archaeology: The Temples of Klopedi and Messon

Its proximity to Agia Paraskevi and its temple of Taxiarches and the Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production, to the Ancient Temples of Meson and Klopedi and the village of Mandamados with its temple of the Archangels make Napi prominent on the map of Lesvian attractions. It is definitely worth stopping here before continuing your journey across the region of Evergetoulas.

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