Footpath “Κάτω Βρύσης”

The path descends to Κάτω Βπ΄υσης, a traditional 18th century fountain, located in the valley of the river Elissonas, which originates from Kryoneri and flows into the Corinthian Gulf in the town of Kiatos. The river is known since antiquity, flowing southeast in the middle of the village The path offers amphitheatrical views of the village and panoramic views of the green valley of Elisson,. Guests can enjoy a beautiful natural landscape with lush vegetation and towering century-old plane trees.

On this trail there is significant volunteer activity by non-governmental organizations of the area, which host young volunteers from various European countries, who have been working since 1999 for periods of 1-3 months every spring and summer, for the restoration and opening of trails in Kryoneri, through European volunteer programs such as the European Voluntary Service for Youth and the European Solidarity Corps. Volunteers work closely with schools and local authorities. Many schools have since then taken part in educational visits to the Kato Vrysi Trail on topics such as the environment and tradition.

A large part of the paving and the pens of the path have been restored in recent years in a traditional way (natural stone and dry stone) by stone masons and young volunteers with full respect to the traditional architecture, which is perfectly adapted to the natural terrain of the village and the natural landscape that surrounds it.

The first redevelopment was co-financed by the Prefecture of Corinthia and by sponsorships in 1999, while the work was voluntary. A large part of the traditional path was cleared by hand by volunteers, as there was no access to machinery and it had been covered for over 30 years by dirt and stones.

The choice of the Municipal Council of Sikyonia for the inclusion of the Kato Vryssi Kryoneri Trail in the European agri-tourism development programme LEADER+ of AN. BO. PE. in the year 2000 was based on the almost complete lack of agro-tourism infrastructure in the mountainous area of the Municipality, although the area is very interesting from a historical, cultural and environmental point of view and has all the conditions for the development of alternative routes in a zone of traditional agricultural production (raisins, sultanas, olive oil).

The municipal authority, seeing the strong interest from local authorities and private investors for the development of agrotourism in the area, supported again with an intervention in this public space of unique natural beauty and tradition, the restoration of the path leading to Kato Vrisi Kryoneri.

The construction of the water supply network in Kryoneri, in 1962, brought the precious commodity, water to the homes. Thus, there was no longer any need to use public fountains, such as Kato Vrysi, for feeding the houses or washing clothes, etc. In the process, it was left to its fate by the residents who built new houses in other places, with easy road access, since the area remained inaccessible for motor vehicles. Nature then came along and covered the path for many years. The restoration of the path and its use by children and young people alike awakened the memories of the old people, who began to tell old forgotten stories from other times.

The cooperation with the Forestry Department of Corinth for the promotion and protection of the stream of the river Elisson, just below the traditional path leading to Kato Vrisi, the old bridge and the watermill, followed the restoration of accessibility through the LEADER programme, for the development of ecotourism and agrotourism in the area.
The restoration of traditional elements and the promotion of cultural heritage has enhanced a vibrant village and attracted more visitors from the surrounding area, while enabling the residents to enjoy a beautiful recreational area on a daily basis.

Walking along the traditional route that leads to Kato Vryssi, one realizes the reason why the village was given the name Kryoneri in 1958, which has a direct connection with its springs and fountains.