When traversing the Keritis River valley, with its marvelous orange groves, heading north towards Platanias from the direction of Agia village, you come across the small but scenic village Patelari. It is located in the spot called Drakiana right next to the river, literally “swamped” in greenery, an ideal spot for relaxation but also on a very good cycling route. A couple of kilometers away the road forks off to the left and the road signs show the direction for the village Vrysses.
The village probably got its name from the many water springs which existed there years ago and all but 4 of which do not exist today. The visitor can’t help but marvel at the green route which leads to the village centre via rich orange groves and rich local flora as well as the central village square itself with its gigantic plane trees and the sense of peace and quiet all the scenery emits.
The area is rich in archaeological and geological findings and its history goes back to a very distant point many centuries ago. Just before the village square there is a path marked “Xenia Odos” or “Katsouna Gorge” leading to the very heart of an impressive site, and, a little further on, to the ruins of the ancient city of Pergamos which King Agamemnon established on his return from Troy.
The existence of this ancient city has officially been confirmed by archaeologists. Unfortunately, however, due to the general poor economic situation, the works scheduled for its emergence have not even begun yet. On the same hill there are two very impressive caves, one of which was-as the legend goes- a tunnel leading to nearby Patelari.
As there are many chapels and churches in the area, there are many religious feasts held in the village. Thus, there is one on 15 August in honour of the Virgin Mary, one on the 14th September in honour of the Holy Cross and a big cultural event in August.