Hiking Piana and Limbovisi in Mainalo
About The Place
Mainalo Mountain, located in the heart of the Peloponnese region in Greece, is a captivating destination that offers a diverse range of experiences, blending history, culture, and stunning landscapes. This majestic mountain range stands as an emblem of the region’s rich heritage.
Landscape: Mainalo Mountain, also known as Mount Menalon, is part of the larger Arcadian mountain range. The landscape is characterized by its lush, dense forests, deep gorges, and pristine alpine meadows. The mountain’s elevation reaches around 1,980 meters, making it a year-round attraction. The forests, predominantly of fir and pine trees, create a picturesque setting, particularly in the winter when the area is blanketed in snow.
Climate: The climate on Mainalo Mountain varies with the seasons. Winters are cold and snowy, providing opportunities for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Ostrakina Ski Center. Spring and summer bring milder temperatures, making it an ideal destination for hiking and nature enthusiasts. The mountain enjoys a unique microclimate, and you can experience snow in the higher peaks even during the warmer months.
Culture: Mainalo Mountain is deeply intertwined with Greek history and mythology. The area is steeped in local traditions, and the nearby villages continue to celebrate age-old customs and festivities. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich culture of the Peloponnese, experiencing traditional music, dance, and cuisine. The warmth and hospitality of the local people add to the unique cultural experience.
Villages: The villages around Mainalo Mountain are charming and inviting, each with its own distinct character. Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, and Vytina are some of the most well-known. These villages boast stunning architecture, featuring stone-built houses and cobbled streets. You can explore artisan shops, sample local cuisine, and admire the beautiful churches and monasteries, which are integral to the region’s cultural heritage.
History: Mainalo Mountain and its surroundings are steeped in history. In antiquity, this region was inhabited by the Arcadians, who considered it sacred. The mountain is also closely associated with the myth of Pan, the god of the wild, shepherds, and flocks, who was believed to roam these hills. In more recent history, the area played a significant role during the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. The villages around Mainalo Mountain were strongholds of Greek resistance against the Ottoman Empire.
In conclusion, Mainalo Mountain in the Peloponnese is a place where history, culture, and nature converge. Its stunning landscapes, diverse climate, and charming villages offer a rich and immersive experience for travelers. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a serene retreat, Mainalo Mountain has something to offer everyone, making it a must-visit destination in Greece.
- 7 hours
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Period Of Operation : Mar – Nov
It is one of the most beautiful hiking routes of Mainalos that connects three historic settlements of mountainous Arcadia. The route starts from the traditional settlement of Piana, whose name is associated with the mythical god Pan and is located at an altitude of 1,080m.
A short distance from the village is the cave of “Pana” where the local legend wants the raven-legged God with his flute to flood the ravines and mountains of Mainalo with sounds. The landscape is bucolic and the visitor can enjoy the open horizon and the magnificent view offered by the location, towards the mountain ranges of Mainalos and other mountainous masses of the Peloponnese.
The course continues (with small demanding points) to the shady Lykorema which ends in the Elissona river and then to the abandoned prehistoric Arkoudorema (mountainous settlement of Arcadia in the ravine of the Mainali Mountains). The changes in the landscape are continuous and the natural beauties immediately conquer the hiker “who simply does not want the route to end”.
Due to the inaccessibility of the location, the area flourished during the years of the Turkish occupation and became the center of Kleftouria. An important monument of the area is the small church of Panagia Arkoudorema, which has been classified as a preserved monument and is one of the most sacred places in Arcadia, as it is believed that in ancient times it was related to cults between them and the priestess Callistos.
The historical settlement of Limbovisi is the last stop on the walking route. This is the birthplace of the Kolokotroni family with the surrounding area having been reshaped and there is a restored copy of the old house of Theodoros Kolokotronis, which today functions as a museum of the Greek Revolution.
- Start & finish: Piana-Limbovisi
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours (depending on the pace of the group)
- Minimum altitude: 994m.
- Maximum altitude: 1,194 m.
- Elevation gain: 380m.
- Loss of elevation: 320m
- Route length 9 km (one way)
What to Bring
Hiking batons (optional)
Food (snack, fruit, nuts etc)
Extra pairs of boots & shocks (in case of getting wet)
Sunscreen (for the summer months)
All the necessary transport for covering the activity
- Starting Time 9:00
- Ending Time 16:00
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