Etoliko. Etoliko is a town in the department of Aetoloakarnania, on the mainland of Central Greece. Etoliko is a special town because it is located on an island in the middle of a large lagoon, twelve kilometers northwest of the town of Messolongi. To the south of the town lies the Gulf of Patras.
The island is densely populated and has a maximum length of approximately 665 meters and a maximum width of 532 meters. On both sides of the island there are stone bridges connecting the island to the mainland, the length of these bridges is about 300 meters. The Etoliko bridges were built around the year 1848.
The island originally consisted of four smaller islands that were close together, the inhabitants of these islands were fishermen. The islands were connected by means of wooden bridges. Over time, the spaces between the islands have been filled with sand, making it a whole. The island has also been enlarged to the outside and has acquired the current size.
Etoliko lies in a rare ecosystem with wetlands where more than 250 species of birds survive. This area is protected by the convention of Ramsar, an international agreement on wetlands where waterfowl live.
In the village there are many narrow streets where usually one-way traffic is applicable. Around the island is a larger double ring road. There are several beautiful churches in the center. At the square next to the large church are terraces of restaurants and cafes.
Etoliko lies quite remote from busy tourist places, so prbably you won't see many other tourists touring here. We drove there from Lefkas, the distance from Lefkas town is 116 kilometers. From Patras the distance is considerably shorter (56 km), there you cross from Peloponnese to the mainland (Central Greece) at Rio-Antirrio.