Since 1919, when Xylokastro was defined as a place of summer residence for foreign guests of the Greek government, the picturesque seaside village, evolved over the years into a modern resort. The decade of 60s-70s was the golden period, while Xylokastro was advertised as a special holiday destination to all tourist ports of Europe for a 6-month touristic season.
Today Xylokastro is a modern town and an important touristic destination that managed to harness its significant geographical position, that nature generously endowed it with: beautiful beaches and the only protected coastal pine forest: Pefkias.
Pefkias: "The green seashore of our country'' according to Kostas Karyotakis and ''Pefkias of myrrh'' for Angelos Sikelianos, who built his Villa at the side of the forest in the area of Sikia, is one of the fewest coastal pine forests of our country, probably the only surviving within the limits of settlement which spread rapidly. Xylokastro's gem of unique beauty is not just a pine forest, but also the town's botanic garden, with 83 different plant species registered, accommodating 20 different bird's species and hundreds of different insects creating a complex ecosystem!
In an area of approximately 1.800 meters, amazing colours emerge through tree barks, peeking through bushes with the bluest Corinthian water in the background, sometimes calmly caressing the plant's roots, and sometimes, during winter months, furious with foaming waves, bathing the old pine trunks: a composition that only nature's palette can create.
Throughout Pefkias, there is a big path ideal for charming walks and biking, linking the east part of the town with the commercial and touristic centre, through the coastal walkway and cycling path extended to the western edge of Xylokastro.
Along the pine forest, extend the indented coastline of the Corinthian Gulf with its pristine waters awarded repeatedly with blue flags. Situated just 200 meters away from Hotel Miramare, strolling through Pefkias you will meet either on the east or the west side, organized touristic cafés with umbrellas, sunbeds, tables and chairs literally on the edge of the wave.
At the eastern part of Pefkias starts Sikia (the next village), where you may combine your swim with a tasty lunch. There are numerous taverns just across the coast.
Xylokastro has always been the path connecting the gate to Europe, Patra, with the touristic centre of Greece: its capital Athens, the meeting point of ancient greek culture with the present. It has always been Athens' natural suburb.
Being a popular and accessible destination, Xylokastro can satisfy all of its visitors' desires. You can live carefree moments by the blue waters of the Corinthian in the magnificent pine forest Pefkias, with a choice of several organized and environmentally friendly beach bars. There is also the possibility of endless walks in the serene landscape for the most romantic ones, with dozens of cafes and taverns across the promenade by the sea breeze. For sports' lovers, in the town you can find tennis courts, hosting tournaments during the summer, and multi-sports courts for the more energetic ones.
Of course, as a contemporary town, Xylokastro has multiple stores and touristic shops, Banks, Super Markets.
All these waiting in a minimum distance from the hotel's location.