Visit the Vrysakia Aqueduct on Zakynthos
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The Greek island of Zakynthos is known for its extraordinary beauty. The beaches, water, and greenery are like no other. The history of the island is also special. From castles and monasteries to museums and monuments, there is no shortage of things to explore in Zakynthos. The Vrysakia Aqueduct is a hidden treasure that must be seen. Here’s what you should know about the Vrysakia Aqueduct on Zakynthos.
About the Vrysakia Aqueduct
Located near the village of Argassi on the island of Zakynthos, the Vrysakia Aqueduct is an impressive attraction. Along with the aqueduct, remains of buildings have been revealed in the area including that of a church. A bridge on the beach was also discovered. It is thought that the aqueduct supplied water to the area.
A series of archways bears the pipes that brought water to various areas. The 15 meter high bridge was constructed during the British domination. There is a legend about the bridge that says Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek general who lived in Zakynthos for 15 years before the 1821 War of Independence, would ride his horse across the bridge. Kolokotronis was forced to flee to the island of Zakynthos between 1805 -1806 when the Ottomans attacked the klefts. While in Zakynthos, Kolokotronis gained valuable military experience thanks to the British. His service in the army gained him his trademark red helmet.
Visit the Vrysakia Aqueduct
Reaching the Vrysakia Aqueduct is not easy as it is hidden by vegetation and there is no asphalt road that leads directly to it. You can ask locals for directions to the exact location of the aqueduct and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. If you’re up for an adventure, the Vrysakia Aqueduct is the perfect destination. You will get a wonderful glimpse into history and how water was distributed
While in the area visiting the Vrysakia Aqueduct, it’s worth checking out the village of Argassi. The tourist resort town is located 5 km southeast of Zakynthos Town. Thanks to its proximity to Zakynthos Town, you can easily get there for a visit as well. Argassi Village is home to a sandy beach that extends for 1 km. At the beach, you can take part in water sports or lounge under the sun. There are also many beautiful churches around the area.
Getting to the Vrysakia Aqueduct
The island of Zakynthos is home to the International Airport “Dionysios Solomos,” which is located just 5 km from Zakynthos Town. Getting to Argassi, where the Vrysakia Aqueduct is found, from the airport is easy whether you choose to take a taxi, public transportation, or car. You can also get to the island of Zakynthos by ferry from the port of Killini. The trip takes just one hour.
Getting around on the island is quite easy, but if you’re on a schedule, you might want to avoid using public transportation system as they don’t always run on time. It’s an otherwise reliable system, but if you have an itinerary you want to follow, a taxi or car is your best choice.
This post was written by Greek Boston