Hiking Mount Zavitsa
About The Place
Astros Town and the Kynouria area in the Peloponnese region of Greece offer a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Located in the eastern part of the Peloponnese, this region boasts a unique character that sets it apart from other Greek destinations.
The climate in Astros Town and Kynouria is Mediterranean, characterized by mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. This region enjoys over 300 days of sunshine annually, making it a year-round destination. The Mediterranean climate ensures that the landscape is lush and green, particularly during the spring and early summer months when wildflowers carpet the countryside.
The culture is deeply rooted in Greek traditions. The locals are known for their warm hospitality, and you’ll often find them welcoming visitors with open arms. Traditional festivals, or “panigiria,” are celebrated with fervor, featuring lively music, dance, and delicious Greek cuisine. The local culture is deeply intertwined with agriculture and fishing, and you can witness the importance of these industries in the daily life of the people.
Landscape is a testament to Greece’s natural beauty. Rolling hills covered in olive groves, vineyards, and citrus orchards create a picturesque setting. The azure waters of the Argolic Gulf and the Myrtoan Sea frame the area, offering breathtaking coastal views. The mountains that surround the region provide excellent hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Kynouria is dotted with charming, traditional villages that seem frozen in time. Astros Town itself is a picturesque coastal settlement with a charming harbor, whitewashed houses, and narrow, winding streets. Other notable villages in the area include Paralio Astros, Tyros, and Leonidio, each with its own unique character and beauty. These villages offer a glimpse into authentic Greek village life, where time-honored customs and ways of life persist.
Kynouria boasts a rich historical heritage. The region is believed to have been inhabited since ancient times, with archaeological sites like Hera’s Sanctuary and the ancient city of Kastri serving as reminders of this history. During the Byzantine era, Kynouria flourished as an important cultural and economic center. Later, it played a role in the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. The history of this region is deeply intertwined with Greece’s broader historical narrative.
Zavitsa’s mountain highest peak is Profitis Ilias rising at 974 meters above sea level. Its easternmost slopes reach the Arcadian coasts that form part of the wider Argolic Gulf area. Astros, Xiropigado, Kato Vervena, Kato Doliana and Prosilia are villages located around its slopes.
Panoramic view of the Argolic Gulf
The ancient path and the beautiful natural landscape
Traditional fishing village with crystal clear waters
- ~ 4 Hours
Mount Zavitsa stands on the northern border of Argolis and Kynouria. Its edges touch the sea in the Argolic gulf and its altitude reaches 974m. The history of the mountain begins in ancient times as there is still the ancient path that connects Argolis to Arcadia. The Anigraia Odos is mentioned for the first time by the traveler, Pausanias. Pausanias was a Greek traveler and geographer, who lived in the 2nd century AD. I
n the compendium of Hellas perigisis, an extensive work describing ancient Greece, he mentions the road that connected Argolis with ancient Thyrea. It is a narrow path, which in many places literally hangs over the sea. It was the only coastal road connecting these two areas until 1953! Walking along the ancient road, we will have a panoramic view of the Argolic Gulf distinguishing the city of Argos and Nafplion. Reaching the end of the route we will end up in a small fishing village for swimming and eating.
Always operating with your safety in mind, the tour may be canceled due to weather conditions and for any other reason deemed necessary by the tour guide.
Difficulty : Easy
What to Bring
Hiking / Mountaineering shoes (basic requirement)
Hat / Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Walking sticks (optional)
Clothes appropriate for the season
Water, at least 1.5 liters
Food (snacks, fruits, nuts, etc.)
Any personal medications
Your good mood
English speaking, local, professional mountain guides
Certified mountain attendants – first aid training B.L.S.
First aid kit carried by drivers
All necessary movements to cover the activity
Photos from the trip
Transportation to our starting point, if necessary
- Basic Physical Condition
- Starting Time 09:00
- Ending Time 13:00
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