Hiking at Lepida’s Waterfalls
About The Place
Mount Parnon, situated in the Peloponnese region of Greece, is a remarkable natural wonder that boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and diverse landscapes. This imposing mountain range, stretching for about 100 kilometers, offers visitors an enchanting journey through its rugged terrain, charming villages, and unique climate.
Climate: Parnon enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The mountain’s elevation plays a significant role in shaping its climate. In the summer, its peaks remain cool and provide a pleasant escape from the scorching heat, making it a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts. In contrast, the winter months bring snowfall, turning Parnon into a snowy wonderland, attracting winter sports enthusiasts.
Culture: The culture around Parnon is deeply rooted in Greek tradition. The mountain is dotted with picturesque villages, each with its own unique charm and character. Here, you can immerse yourself in the warmth of Greek hospitality, savor local cuisine, and experience authentic rural life. Villagers maintain age-old customs and celebrate traditional festivals with zeal, offering a glimpse into the heart of Greek culture.
Landscape: Parnon’s landscape is a captivating blend of lush forests, crystal-clear rivers, and rugged limestone peaks. The mountain is home to diverse flora and fauna, making it an ecological gem. The Parnon Trail, a long-distance hiking route, offers an excellent way to explore the area. Along the way, hikers will encounter pristine wilderness, dramatic gorges, and breathtaking vistas. The mountain’s lush valleys are perfect for bird-watching, and the dense forests provide refuge for indigenous species.
Villages: Nestled within the folds of Parnon are charming villages like Leonidio, Kastanitsa, and Vresthena. Leonidio, in particular, is famous for its traditional stone houses and is a haven for rock climbers due to its unique red cliffs. The villages offer visitors the chance to experience Greek rural life, taste local cuisine, and purchase handcrafted goods like honey, olive oil, and textiles. Kastanitsa, known for its chestnut trees, is a delightful stop in autumn when the leaves turn golden.
History: Parnon’s history is intertwined with the ancient and modern history of Greece. In ancient times, the mountain was known as the sacred dwelling place of Pan, the god of the wild. Ruins and ancient pathways can still be discovered amidst the verdant landscape. During the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century, Parnon served as a refuge for revolutionaries. The region bears witness to the struggles and triumphs of the Greek people and is a testament to the nation’s enduring spirit.
In summary, Mount Parnon in the Peloponnese is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich culture, and a profound historical legacy. Whether you seek adventure in its rugged terrain, wish to immerse yourself in Greek rural life, or simply want to soak in its serene ambiance, Parnon offers a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of Greece.
- 7 Hours
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Period Of Operation : Jan – May, Sep – Dec
A route that had been used by the residents of the area for centuries, is this one which connects the traditional settlements of Platanos with Agianni.
The hiking route starts from Platanos, a traditional settlement built literally among plane trees of hundreds of years old, with traditional stone houses, cobbled streets, ditches and public taps with running water. Next to the village the river Spiliakia flows and ends up to the Vrasiati river. The place has a rich variety of landscapes, with relief terrain, colorful ponds, high cliffs, aromatic herbs and plenty of waters among plane, pine, and chestnut trees, offering fresh scents and tranquility. The climate of the area favors the coexistence of such vegetation (fir, oak, olive, cherry, walnut trees) with a rich variety of herbs.
Hiking along with the sound of the waters, visitors meet the great waterfalls (natural monuments) Tsoulithra (Slides), the imposing Melissi 70m high and Lepida 45m high.
Approaching Ksirikabi plateau, where the springs of Lepida gush, the view is unique. The route along the springs end to the traditional settlement of Agianni where there are taverns offering food and coffee.
What to Bring
Hiking / Mountaineering shoes (basic condition)
Water, at least 1.5 lt
Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Clothes suitable for the season
Snack (fruit, nuts, bars)
Experienced mountain guide
All necessary transfers for the operation of the activity
- Minimum age 12 years
- Spoken Languages English & Greek
- Starting Time: 10:00
- Ending Time: 15:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds