Loutraki-Perachora (Greek: Λουτράκι-Περαχώρα) is a former municipality in Corinthia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Loutraki-Agioi Theodoroi, of which it is a municipal unit. Loutraki being the most important settlement is a seaside town having a population of 11,383 inh. (2001 census) in the southern part of Greece, famous for its natural beauties, spas and mineral water springs.
Recently one of the biggest casinos in Europe has been built in Loutraki. A modern convention center is about to open gates and a marina is also expected.
Loutraki sometimes is perceived as the last boundary of the Athens metropolitan area. Many Athenians live in the community permanently or seasonally.
The area is a very important tourist destination for summer & weekend visitors from Athens metropolitan area, due to the proximity (about 80 km) and the clean and sandy beaches surrounding the town of Loutraki and the other seaside settlements.
The municipality lies on both sides of the Corinth Canal, but primarily to its northeast; a small part lies on the southwest side of the Canal, on the Peloponnese Peninsula. map The Corinth Canal is a partial border between the Corinthians' Common and the Loutraki-Perachoras Common. The Canal area though, is at responsibility of the latter. A private-owned company is operating the Canal ship traffic.
Loutraki's springs of mineral water are very well known for their exceptional qualities. A significant bottling industry has been developed due to this fact.
Perachora is a smaller village (1,256 inh.) NW of Loutraki at a landlocked position surrounded by mountainous landscape. Large pine-trees forests are found there. These are the main source of the local production of natural resin. Other large towns include Kyras Vrysi (1,039 inh.) and Isthmia (1,030 inh.), the latter of which lies at the southeast entrance to the Corinth Canal. Together they form the Loutraki-Perachoras Municipality. Smaller settlements like Pisia (121 inh.), Schinos (49 inh.), etc. are also attached to the Municipality.
The region of Loutraki-Perachora is also famous for the Heraion of Perachora (sanctuary of the goddess Hera), an archaeological site of great significance located at the end of the Perachora peninsula.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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