Greece is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and the submerged bridge of Itea shows just that: How every corner of this land hides a secret and hosts traces of millennia of history.
Itea is a small seaside town in the southeastern part of Phocis, central Greece.
The submerged bridge of Greece
Right off the town of Itea, one can see two beautiful islets. In ancient times, Agios Athanasios was connected to the neighboring island of Agios Konstantinos by an artificial stone bridge. The bridge was 210 meters long.
Today, a part of the stone construction can be seen at the bottom of the sea. According to experts, this stone construction was a pier made of 20-60 kg stones and was just four meters wide.
According to other estimates, it was built by the inhabitants of the area during the Byzantine Empire while another view is that it was built several centuries earlier and sank after a geological change in the region.
The Water Lily crater
In the wider area of Itea, one can find several craters. According to a plausible explanation, these craters are the result of geological changes. However, others do believe that they are the results of meteor showers that created these spectacular landscapes.
The most beautiful crater of all is the one located next to the two islands of Agios Athanasios and Agios Konstantinos. What is unique about this crater, is that you need to know where exactly to look for it, since it is not visible from the main highway that connects the popular resorts of Itea and Galaxidi.
It is a beautiful and at the same time impressive crater with a diameter of 150 meters and a depth of about 50 meters. The crater hosts a rare mixture of hydrophytes and huge water lilies.
A visit to the area is considered necessary when travel is allowed again, as you can combine a visit to the beautiful and picturesque Galaxidi and a visit to the imposing and historic place of Delphi which is nearby.