Monastiraki belongs to the Aktio-Vonitsa Municipality and is located at the northwestern tip of the Aetolia-Acarnania Prefecture, 10km from the Ambracian Gulf, at an altitude of 280m, atop the Acarnanian Mountains.
It is situated 380km from Athens and 10km from Vonitsa. Access to the village is made by bus (4 hours from Athens): you arrive at the terminal of Vonitsa, and there you take another bus to Monastiraki (10 min). There is also Aktion Airport, serving the wider area.
38ο 51’23,96’’Β 20ο 56’11,03’’Ε, altitude of 215m
The impressive waterfall of Sepetos is located at the village’s entrance on the way from Vonitsa. It is formed as the waters of the river Kefalovrysos come upon a steep escarpment.
Visitors will be stunned, as the water jets out with force from the boulders at the top and falls on the rocks of the base, creating a pond and an outstanding natural landscape.
This is a site of rare natural beauty, which is unique in the area. The waterfall is over 80m in height. Sepetos is also called “lambada” (candle). It was named like that because of the rectilinear fall of the water, and also due to the fact that it is narrow on top and widens as it falls, looking like a giant white candle when seen from a distance. Sepetos is the continuation of the river Kefalovrysos, which springs from Monastiraki under the central square.
Since there is no road leading to it, access is difficult and possible only via trails. Those trails were recently cleaned by a group of local youths who care about their land. This whole effort was coordinated by Dionyssis Petropoulos, a native of Monastiraki. Near the waterfall, you will find a very beautiful cave, Neraidospilia (Fairy Cave).
The temperature inside the cave is 18(+1)(-1) ο C, while humidity is at 80+%. It hosts a rich and rare cave fauna, with an imposing and unique décor of stalactites and stalagmites.
Whilst it could be an exceptional attraction, as it combines many forms of alternative tourism, it remains largely unexploited.
A fairytale about the waterfall and the cave…
The fairy cave and the waterfall of Sepetos.
A long time ago, there was a lady in Monastiraki, whose beauty was second to none in the entire area of Xiromero. The lady wanted to marry the miller’s handsome son, but her father, who was an important lord from a wealthy family, did not agree and forced her to get engaged to the son of Kyr Antonis, a rich, renowned merchant. The lady then decided to give an end to her life by jumping off the waterfall of Sepetos, which is over 80m-high. Suddenly, a very beautiful fairy, sparkling like a firefly over the river’s half-lit ravine, came out of the cave that was well-hidden by nature next to the waterfall. She took the lady in her arms and put her gently down on the bank of the ardent river, next to the cold waters. Her father, who had seen his daughter run and jump off the waterfall, told himself that if she managed to survive, he would let her marry the miller’s poor son she loved. So, with some help from the fairy, the lady married her sweetheart and they all lived happily ever after in picturesque Monastiraki. Since then, many young men and women visit the Waterfall of Sepetetos and the Fairy Cave, in the hope of seeing the fairy emerge from its colorful stalactites and stalagmites. Area: Monastiraki, Vonitsa, Aetolia-Acarnania. This story is a legend, deriving from folk tradition. Grandparents tell it to their granddaughters by the fireplace at winter…
Biologist – Speleologist