Ambelakiotisa Naupaktos, mountainous Naupaktia
Ambelakiotisa (former Kozitsa) is located between two hills on the top of Agios Ilias (1.450 m.), exactly across of Tsekoura (1732 m.) from which separated from Mairema.
It became residential area from ancient times. At "Plagia" and "Kastri", ancient tombs have been found...
It seems that the ancient village was at Kastri, south side of the village above Kotsalos bridge, where we can find besides the ancient foundings also the ruins of four temples ( Agios Vasilios, Agios Panteleimon, Agios Ioannis and Agia Triada at Skompodo)
It is still unknown why it was trasfered at Palaiochori on the left side of Mairema (Kozitsianos), at the north east from the todays village
where we find the ruined temples of Agia Paraskeuh, Agios Athanasios, Profitis Ilias, Agios Nikolaos.
At 1927 Kozitsa is considered as a foreign word that replaced to Kastri to be Ambelakiotisa at 1928 from Panagia. It is a village that is surrounded with virgin nature and multiple colors in its surroundings that broaden our emotions. At the south side we meet the beautiful river Kotsalos with its well known bridge. There are two important christian temples in the village.
The second one is the temple of Agios Nikolaos. Rebuilt in 1744. At 1880 the temple was broaden to the west side and a "gunaikonitis" was added. The temple made of wood of amazing technique that was made at 1748 from the local technician Athanasios ( Damiano) with pictures of the same era. The top of it is also magnificent.
Also interesting is the temple of Agia Varvara (rebuilt at 1980), that from the sign it seems to be an episcopic temple, from priest Iakovos .
Source: Municipality of Apodotia
For your stay in Aetoloakarnania, Agrinio town, Messolonghi and the rest areas of the prefecture, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Agrinio, Messolonghi as well as in many other areas of Aetoloakarnania County, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can access Aitoloakarnania by car using the road network.
The best way to explore and wander around in Aetoloakarnania, known for its many natural beauties and major attractions, is to have your own transport. It is worth visiting places that the local transport and tours do not reach.
Indicative distances and routes from Messolonghi:
Agrinio: 37 km
Athens: 244 km
Thessaloniki: 424 km
Patra: 49 km
Ioannina: 181 km
Preveza: 123 km
Regular Aetoloakarnania Intercity bus routes connect the main and major cities of the prefecture to Athens and capitals of other prefectures.
There is also regular connection of areas, villages and regions of the county.
The region of Agrinio has a good road network which makes transportation easy through all villages and settlements.
In the city of Agrinio you may also use the urban bus. tel (+30) 26410.57.851.
For your entertainment at Aitoloakarnania you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias and clubs etc. with exellent service and variety of products and services that will fill up your expectations
Aitoloakarnania consists of many traditional, simple but also luxurious places that you can eat whichever kind of food you wish.