In Peloponnese, Arcadia area, an impressive trail has “revived” that will guide those of you that will cross it in wonderful sites, in breathtaking cliffs, in gorges, in verdant sides, in traditional clusters of houses build with rocks - a journey in nature on the Greek mountains. We refer to «Mainalo Trail» a long hike on the mountains, where you run across sites of exceptional natural beauty, the gorge of Lousios River, the western relief of Mainalo, the valley of Mylaontas River, and the southeastern Mountains of Gortyna area.
The path runs through 75 km! Most part of this trail was formed since antiquity. Ancient Greeks used these trails to transfer products and to go from village to village.Mainalo Trail passes by the villages Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Zygovitsi, Elati, Vytina, Nymfasia, Magouliana, Valtetsiniko, Lagadia. The Trail runs through all the historic and cultural centers of the area; it is connected to a limitless cluster of paths next to the Trail, highlighting and reviving the area through hiking activities.
The trail’s creation and overall surrounding infrastructure comply with the standards set by the European Ramblers' Association (ERA), including 33 associations of Εuropean states which has 3.000.000 members. After evaluating Mainalo Trail, based on 41 metric, quality and technical criteria, it was awarded with the Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe; ERA urges European hikers to see Mainalo Trail as an overall, exciting and safe mountain adventure. Mainalo Trail is the 8th European Trail granted with this important standard of quality and safety.
It goes without saying that Mainalo Trail offers an organised, safe and exhilarating hiking or trekking experience. You will find traditional guesthouses, mansions, hotels and rooms to stay. Don’t forget to savour the local cuisine. You can also participate in other activities, such as mountain bike, rafting, and kayak in Lousios river; during winter period you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Mainalo ski center.
You can have all these outdoor activities in this wonderful place featuring a perfect natural travel escape.