"Hike the 75km Menalon trail ranked among the Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe"
The Menalon Trail is a long-distance hiking route which runs between Stemnitsa and Lagadia, two picturesque mountain villages in Arcadia, on the Peloponnese peninsula. It’s a 75km route which is a lot more off-the-beaten track than a lot of hiking in Greece, and takes hikers from the top of towering mountains to the bottom of deep gorges, passing ancient monasteries, traditional villages and glistening rivers.
Ranked among the Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe, the Menalon Trail, it is one of 14 trails certified by the ERA – the European Ramblers Association. The certification process considers environmental protection and careful maintenance.
Split into eight sections, the Mainalon trail can either be completed in full or broken down! In each of the sections, Menalon Trail offers you not only a path to discover nature, but also a path to the Arcadian history, culture and geography. Prepare yourself for unique cultural monuments, scattered ancient fragments, castles, bridges, and sacred monasteries…
Just check out photos above from the picturesque villages, lovely stone bridges, monasteries built on cliffs and other sites you will encounter…
You’ll pass the rivers Landos and Lousios, and a high percentage of fir and high shrub forests. Watch out for foxes, martens, weasels, hedgehogs, terrapins and even jackals and wild boars. At the rock meadows and the dense shrub you’ll will find various birds, in the dense forest woodpeckers, along the rivers you’ll meet dunlins, while at the slopes of the gorges, jackdaw and kestrels, buzzards, short-toed snake eagles and crows.
An epic experience for those who commit to the full 75 kilometers
The Mainalon trail is divided into sections of varying difficulty, the Stemnitsa–Dimitsana leg being the most popular. You have the option to participate in a guided 7 day holiday or hike at your own pace by choosing a self-guided option…
Our local hiking guides look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to these enchanting, verdant and “hidden” parts of the Mainalon trail…
Please find below our recommended itinerary during our Mainalon trail self-guided walking holiday…
The second half starts off in a great fir forest, ascends to the open ridge of the byzantine fortress Kastro Valtesinikou, before descending to your final destination, the “stone” village of Valtesiniko.
Hike: Moderate, 15 km, 5 hrs, actual walking time: 7 hrs.
Alternative option: Easy, 10km, actual walking time: 4-5 hrs.
Hike: Moderate to difficult because of the distance, 22½ km, 8½ hrs, actual walking time: 10hrs.
Alternative option: Easy to Medium, option for 5.6km or 16 km, actual walking time: 2 or 6 hrs.
Hike: Easy, 8½ km, 3 hrs, actual walking time: 4-5 hrs .
Hike: Moderate, 16 km, 5 hrs, actual walking time: 6-7 hrs.
The village was an important center of goldsmithing and silversmithing, and “Stemnitsiotes” were famous for their performance in metallurgy, specifically for making the bells of some of the most known churches in the Danube countries. The art of silversmithing is still taught today at the homonymous Technical High School of silversmithing, a tradition that is continued by the silversmith shops and workshops that operate in the town. This promises to be a rewarding day!
Continue along the path that traverses the gorge. Ascend to the Old Philosophou Monastery (dating back to 963) before continuing to the ‘New’ Philosophou Monastery (1691), which resembles quite an oasis after the gorge. The final trail leads you back down to the river and over via the Tzani bridge and reaches the interesting Open-Air Waterpower Museum. Nearby you will find the watermills and gun powder mills that established the fame and wealth of Dimitsana, your final destination.
Hike: Easy to moderate, 12 km, 4 hrs, actual walking time 5-6 hrs.
Take your time to explore this interesting village before departing for home or your next adventure!
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