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Alfeios River, Image Sofie Debognies April 2005 [Source]

The Alfeiós (Greek: Αλφειός, also Alfiós) is a river in Peloponnese, Greece. Its source is near Megalopoli in the prefecture Arcadia. It flows along Olympia and empties into the Ionian Sea in the prefecture of Ilia, near Pyrgos. The river flows in the prefectures of Arcadia and Ilia and is the longest river in the Peloponnese and the length is 110 km.

A poem called Le fleuve Alphée (the Alpheus River) by Roger Caillois is mainly about this river.

The river begins near Davia in central Arcadia, then it flows between Leontari and Megalopoli and the municipal boundary of Falaisia and Megalopoli in a wooded valley and south of Karytaina and flows north of Andritsaina and for about 15 to 20 km with the prefectural boundary with Ilia and Arcadia. It later flows with the provincial bountary of Olympia and Ilia for the rest of the length and the municipal boundary of Olympia and Alifeira to the south, it later flows to the municipal boundary of Skillounta to the south and later with the Pyrgos and Volaka boundary and finally for 2 km, into the wetlands with bushes.

The ancient highway linking Patras and Kalamata ran along this river for most of the length east of Olympia.

Alfeios River, Olympia


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