One of the most cosmopolitan towns in the region, Xylokastro stretches along the coast of the Corinthian Gulf below Mount Kyllini, also known as Ziria. It owes its name to a castle, which unfortunately has not survived. The castle was built on the banks of the river Sythas during the period of Frankish influence (circa 1260 A.D.). Xylokastro today has become a well-known travel destination with plenty of choices for day and night life. Guests can enjoy the award-winning Blue Flag beach, and the famous pine woods of Pefkias that stretch along the beach.