Levadia. Levadia is located 135 kilometers (84 miles) from Athens and it is the capital of the prefecture of Viotia. The city is built between two hills at the edge of a gorge where the sources of Erkina flow. On top of one of the hills, Profitis Ilias, is a well-preserved 14th century castle. In ancient times it was known as Levadia Mideia and it was the site of the famous oracle of Zeus Trofonios. Levadia is very fertile thanks to the abundant water in the region. In mythology, the two water sources were called "Lethe" (forgetfulness) and "Mnemosyne" (remembrance). Very colorful celebrations mark Easter each year. The city becomes an open-air barbeque and lamb on the spit is roasted and eaten. Music, folk dancing and parties last all night, making the traditional Easter festivities in Levadia complete.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Katrina Butzer