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Mountain Arcadia Escape: Discover picturesque villages and their hidden treasures


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Long history, picturesque villages, stunning natural environment, delicious specialties and outdoor activities that you can enjoy all even in a weekend.

Mountain Arcadia is a special, almost “mythical” destination in the heart of the Peloponnese, with centuries-old history, picturesque villages, impressive natural surroundings, delicious specialties and outdoor activities that you can enjoy all even in a weekend.

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The famous villages of Mountain Arcadia

They spread out on the wooded slopes with the stone tile-roofed houses and the churches with the elegant bell towers. Dimitsana, Stemnitsa, Karytaina. Each village and a long history, each neighborhood and a residential jewel. In all you will find attractions and abundant beauty.

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In Dimitsana you will visit its famous Library and the Hydrokinesis Museum.

In Stemnitsa you will admire the tower of Roilos, the mansion of Bournazos and churches of the 12th and 15th centuries.

In Karytaina you will be impressed by the castle that is called “Toledo of Greece”: it was built in the 13th century and was one of the most important in the Peloponnese.

The hidden treasures of Mountain Arcadia

Rafting and hiking in Lousio
The river Lousios is ideal for rafting with inflatable boats for 6-8 people. Its gorge is also suitable for hiking. In this place in the Peloponnese, lovers of outdoor sports will surely recharge their batteries.

Local delivery products
The small square pasta that you will see in the shops with traditional products are called “toutumia”. The other handmade pasta, herbs or sweets are also worth buying.

Inside a house in Mountain Arcadia
What was the interior of the traditional house of Mountain Arcadia like? You will see it in the Folklore Museum of Stemnitsa, along with representations of traditional workshops.

“Hermits” in the gorge: the Monasteries of Prodromou and Filosofou
With the sweet taste of the Turkish delight that the monks will kiss you, you will go out to the wooden balconies of the Prodromos monastery that has been hanging over the Lousios gorge since the 16th century: the view can only be described as divine. The beauty of Peloponnese nature is all here, spread out at your feet.

At a very close distance from the Prodromou monastery, an amazing path that descends to the Lousios river and climbs up the opposite side of the gorge, will bring you to the New Philosofou Monastery, built in 1691. See next to it the catholicon of the old monastery from the 10th century century and then enter Nea Moni, to admire the frescoes of 1693, one of the most important attractions of the area.

With the power of water: the unique Hydrokinesis Museum
Unique of its kind in Greece, it presents the technology of the pre-industrial era, which exploits the driving force of water. In the restored gunpowder mill, the tannery, the water mill, the rock boiler, the water mill you will learn about the operation of the facilities and the production of the products.

The legendary Tripoli
The epicenter of the region, the capital of the prefecture of Arcadia is built at an altitude of 650m. It was founded at the beginning of the 14th century. and until the end of the 19th century. it was called Tripolitsa. Many conquerors, such as the Venetians and the Turks, left their traces here. In Tripoli there are still some preserved neoclassical buildings and notable churches, large squares and parks. It is worth seeing the War Museum, the Spiritual Center, the Mazounio Public Central Library and the highly organized Archaeological Museum, in a Chiller building, all great attractions that will enrich your cultural experiences from the area.

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I have worked as a journalist for over 8 years. I have written for many different news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN. I have also published my own book on the history of the world. I am currently a freelance writer and editor, and I am always looking for new opportunities to write and edit interesting content.

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