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This is wooden bridge at the entrance of the remote village of Athamania, Trikala Prefecture. Athamania is to the west of the winter resorts of Elati and Pertouli and also to the west of Aspropotamos (Acheloos) river, close to Gardiki village. Athamania is the last village of Trikala on the Southwest, very close to the borders with Arta Prefecture.

Some info about Athamania from www.oreinatrikala.com :

" Athamania is located 2 km away from Gardiki and it is built at an altitude of 900m. It was previously known as Moutsiara, which means a lot of water in Turkish. The present name of the village is believed to come from the King Athamantas, son of Aeolos. Traveling through Athamania, you can come across several monuments of historical value such as the church of St. Paraskevi, which is at the center of the village and was made of stone in 1849 while its bell-tower dates back to 1816. There are also the churches of St. Athanasios, - built in 1900 of the Transfiguration and the chapels of Prophet Elias, St. Ioannis and the Apostles. It is worth visiting the watermill, which is still in operation since 1820 when the central bridge of the village was built, too.

Athamania is surrounded by the summits of Diakoptia, Krali, Prodromos, Kakarditsa (2429m.) and Pertousa while the Moutsiaritis River crosses it before flowing into the Acheloos River. The rivers banks are covered with willow trees and planes. The Public Forest of Athamania expands all over the area and it provides shelter for beeches, heaths, fir trees and farmed areas. Fauna is consisted of foxes, roes, hares, grouse, wolves and deer. On your tour round the village, you can rest in any of the villages springs such as the Agathaki, the Koutsouro, Prodromos and the spring of Skopos.

There are about 800 people in summer in Athamania and they deal in timber felling, cattle breeding and apiculture. At the first weekend of August, the wine festival takes place in the central square of the village. Finally, the inhabitants have created the Cultural Association of all the Athamanians called St. Paraskevi."

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