VILLAGES KOUVELAS Kouvelas is one of the distant villages that you can see from the balcony of The Ark in Ancient Phigaleia. It too has spectacular views across the Neda gorge but from the south. It also has crazy paved roads; traditional stone houses; plentiful gardens largely tended by an aging population - although you could be forgiven for thinking the village is inhabited by cats! The most impressive of the stone houses line the main square and, as in most villages, there is a stone fountain. Nearby are olive groves, lovingly tended gardens and a few lingering goat herds.