Paravola is a small town with about 3000 inhabitants of the municipality of Agrinio, which according to the official census of 2011, counts 93.930 inhabitants. Paravola is built on the north side of Trichonida Lake, close to the foothills of Panetoliko Mountain and is 10 kilometres away east from Agrinio.

The natural environment of Etoloakarnania County, consists of mountains, wetlands, lakes, various flora and fauna and these characteristics demarcate an area with important ecological value, where Paravola also belongs. Very important, within this environment, is Trichonida Lake as well as the pine forest that stretches north of the town, near the foothills of Panetoliko Mountain.

Trichonida Lake is the biggest and the most important lake in Greece and is a part of the protected areas “Natura 2000” project. The lake’s surface covers about 97 sq. Kilometers and its maximum depth is 57 meters.

The first inhabitants of this region appeared during the Neolithic age (6800-3200 bC), and were members of the Greek tribes Etolians and Akarnanians which prevailingin the region of Western Greece. Etolians having Etolos as chief and his sons Plevronas and Calydon, lived East of Acheloos River and around 400 b.C. created the "Etolian Confederation" with Thermo town, as capital (see map). Voukatio, the ancient name of Paravola, was an important part of the Etolian Confederation and a town with fortifications which consisted of wide precinct. Today, the northern part of the wall saved in a very good condition.

       

The region was captured from the Ottoman Turks and remained subdued till 1828. Finally, it became a very important part of the first independent Greek State, under Ioannis Kapodistias government, in 1830. 

Very large olive tree groves are laid from the lowland region, north of the lake, up to hilly areas in the foothills of Panetoliko mountain. Olive trees are grown and fructify even at an altitude of 300 to 400 meters high. 

The first cultivation of olive trees in the world, was in Greece, and this is why the olive tree is for Greek sacred tree, a gift of nature to man. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, olive tree is a symbol of peace and victory. Our ancient ancestors were making wreaths with olive branches and crowned the winners of the Olympic Games.

Reading the history of the olive and olive oil, we have the opportunity to do a magical journey in knowledge, time and senses.

For centuries, the production of olive oil and the olive harvest is an integral part of the traditional and pure way of living, for the local residents of Paravola. Traditional olive mills made many years ago are still operate in harmony with the modern mills, while perennial olive trees stand still as stunning monuments of nature.

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