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Hiking in Malevi Monasteri and Parnonas Refuge

Hiking in Malevi Monasteri and Parnonas Refuge

Product Code : 13054

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.

Total Duration

  • 7 hours

Full description

Difficulty Level : Moderate

Period Of Operation : Jan – Dec

The monastery of Malevi has located 20 km from Astros at an altitude of 900 m. It was founded in 717 AD and its name comes from the local name of mount Parnonas as “Malevos”. During the Greek revolution, the contribution of the monastery was crucial, as it became a shelter, a remedy place, and a source of supplies for the warriors.

Setting off the path from the monastery, the hikers are surrendered in the shades and the sounds of various trees, such as the Cephalonian Fir (Abies cephalonica), and the Black Pine (Pinus Nigra). In this path can be found the only cedar forest in Europe (juniperus drupaceous) which is declared a protected Nature monument and integrated into the Natura network (2000).

Going uphill, to the plateau of Prophet Ilia, the rich scenery, and the variety of images that come out of the small clearings, fascinate the visitors and make the route less tiring. The plateau is located in the alpine zone and the hiker can select either the challenging route, which leads to the highest mountain top of Parnona (Big Tourla 1.934 m) or the mild one which goes through the flatland of the plateau. Even though the routes are separate, they both end up at the same spot, Arnomousga, where the Parnon shelter (1.420m) can be found.

On the plateau of Prophet Ilia, a gathering is organized by amateur astronomers and observers every year for a night sky tour, as this specific place is considered one of the most appropriate worldwide for this cause.

General Information:

  • Minimum Altitude: 900 m
  • Maximum Altitude:1420m trail path to shelter
  • Maximum Altitude:1934m trail path to the top of the mountain

What to Bring

  • Contact business prior to the activity

  • Hiking shoes (necessary condition)

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Backpack

  • Hiking poles (optional)

  • Clothes suitable for the season

  • Water, at least 1.5 liters

  • Foods (snacks, fruits, nuts, etc.)

  • Personal medication


  • Mountain guide

  • Hiking poles

  • Snack/water

  • Liability Insurance

  • Taxes


  • Minimum 10 years


  • Starting Time 09:00
  • Ending Time 16:00

Meeting point

Malevi Monasteri

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

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