Hiking Parnonas and the Malevi Monastery
About The Place
Parnonas is considered a mountain range, since its length exceeds 100 km. The mountain range starts from the Tegea plateau, in the north, and reaches Kavo Malia. To the east its ends reach the Argolic gulf and the Myrtle Sea and to the west the valley of Evrotas. Its mountainous mass occupies an area of 2 million acres. 85% of its total area is forests and pastures and 15% agricultural land. The main mountain extends in a very long ridge, about 45 km long, from the villages of Ano Doliana and Agios Petros in the north, to the area of the villages of Karitsa and Mari in the south.
The highest peak of the mountain is Megali Tourla or Kronio, at 1,934 m. There are still ten peaks with a height of more than 1,500 m. Of these, the most important are Mikri Tourla (1,800 m), Gaitanorachi (1,801 m), Prophet Ilias (1,788 m.) and Prezesi (1,701 m.). The pass north of the village of Mari, at an altitude of 950 m, separates the main mountain from the southern peaks of Madara (1,326 m), Hionovouni (1,296 m) and Gaidourovouni (1,095 m), which are geographically considered the southern ends of Parnon.
The rocks that dominate the mountain are limestones, slates and sandstones, mainly in its northern part, while towards the south the limestone gives way to flysch substrates.
Many springs with water form rivers. To the east flow Vrasiatis and Tanos, which end in the Argolic gulf. To the south, Dafnonas, with its impressive gorge, empties into the Myrtoos sea near Leonidio of Arcadia, and Oinoundas or Kelefina, on the western slopes, ends at Evrotas near Sparta. Among the most impressive gorges of Parnon are Lepida, which has a blue lake with waterfalls from December to April and is located on the road between the villages of Platano and Agios Ioannis, the gorge of Lulugas, which forms waterfalls and is located in Sitaina, Mazia which is located between Kastanitsa and Prastos, Spilakia and Zarbanitsa.
Explore the historic traditional settlement of Ag. Petros (dating back to 1435 A.D.)
Visit the venerable Monastery of Malevi, with its roots tracing back to 717 A.D.
Marvel at the Preserved Natural Monument, a sprawling 740-acre cedar forest
Traverse the ancient Anna’s old bridge and follow the tranquil path along the Tanos river.
- 4 Hours
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Parnon mountain range, the Holy Monastery of Malevi stands as a historical gem, situated 20 kilometers from Astros at a lofty altitude of 920 meters. This venerable sanctuary, founded in 717 A.D., derives its name from the local moniker for Mount Parnon, “Malevos.” Its historical significance looms large, as it transformed into a sanctuary and a vital source of sustenance for valiant fighters during pivotal moments in Greek history.
Embarking on a hiking expedition that commences above this ancient monastery, you’ll soon find yourself enveloped by a lush forest teeming with ancient arboreal wonders. Towering Kefallinian Fir (Abies Cephalonica) and Black Pine (Pinus Nigra) trees create a mesmerizing canopy overhead. Along this trail, you’ll encounter a truly unique natural wonder – Europe’s sole cedar forest, the Juniperus drupacea, sprawling across a vast 740-acre expanse. This ecological marvel has earned recognition as a preserved natural monument, rightfully incorporated into the esteemed Natura 2000 network.
Descending towards the village, your journey takes a magical turn as you trace the course of the Tanos river, meandering through a captivating landscape until you reach the historic Anna’s old bridge, a gateway to the charming village. Here, you can relish traditional local products and savor the flavors of the region.
Perched on the northern slopes of Mount Parnon at an elevation of 952 meters, Agios Petros stands as a living testament to history, having earned recognition as a traditional settlement dating back to 1435. The village is enveloped by a lush forest comprising majestic firs, walnuts, and other verdant wonders. Abundant water sources, such as the Kerastas, Katsis, Karabelas, and Kapeletzis fountains, dot the landscape. The village is adorned with old stately tower houses, with the 18th-century abode of the Turkish aga Trikalitis holding a place of prominence, alongside numerous churches, including the 19th-century Agios Petros Church.
Distance: 6 km
Difficulty: Suitable for participants of all skill levels Group Size
For precise participation details and the exact meeting point, please get in touch with us to make your reservation. Please note that your safety is our top priority, and the tour may be subject to cancellation due to adverse weather conditions or any other circumstances deemed necessary by our experienced tour guide.
What to Bring
Hiking / Mountaineering shoes
Hat / Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Walking sticks (optional)
Clothes appropriate for the season
Water, at least 1.5 liters
Food (snacks, fruits, nuts, etc.)
Experienced, English speaking, local, Mountain Guides
Certified mountain attendants – first aid training B.L.S.
First aid kit
Transportation back to starting point
Photos from the trip
- Basic physical condition
- Starting Time 8:30
- Ending Time 12:30
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