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Eleven km southern from Pyli, in an altitude of 750 metres, Ropoto is stretched out that is consisted of seven settlements: central, Tsekouras, Panagia, Polythea (Mousia), Agios Ioannis, Agjos Dimitrios and Loggjes. Its residents mainly, who work on arboriculture but also are farmer-breeders, reach the number of 850 in the winter and 1300 during summertime.

Right and left the central settlement unfold 3.500 acres of chest nut wood, where wild boars, wolves, foxes and jackals live, as well as partridges and woodcocks while all the region round the village is literally drowned in fir (15.000 acres.). The really picturesque scene of the village, supplement the 15 sources that refresh it - among them those of Goura, Mourtzies, Jtia, Sgourolivado and Koromilia - and the tributaries of Portaikos river, Ropotianos and Palikarias. Going up in the famous top of Karavas (1618 m.) one can enjoy an amazing view of the Thessalian plain. Beginning from there the path leads, through a most beautiful way on foot, up to Panagia the Spilia of Argithea Karditsa.
In the village are saved and function watermill, dristella (that belongs in the church of Agios Ioannis) and four traditionally distilleries with cauldrons. There is also a craftsman that manufactures ftseles, spindles and other wooden vessels and tools.

From Easter up to September in Ropoto traditional feasts live up. In the third day of Easter in the church of Saint Trinity of the Central settlement, phonetic group consisted of small children, sings songs that are being danced by all the members of the community with the priests and the chairman being the leaders. In 7th and 8th of May, the church of Agios Ioannis celebrates with splendour and folk revelry following the events of worship.
Every two years, in the second fortnight of July, the meeting of the old is being done in the Central settlement: the ancient of the old invites the rest, mentioning those who are absent, and all together nominate the chairman of the meeting, who regulates the order with which the elders recite extemporary poems that they have made for the circumstance. The meeting ends with songs that the elders themselves sing and dance.

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