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KAPSIA CAVE

There is an amazing cave located on the Mantineia plateau at the village Kapsia. This impressive cave was discovered in 1887 by French archaeologist Gustave Fougere and it is considered one of the ten most important caves in Greece.

Visitors cover a distance of 330m in all within the cave. The paths are particularly impressive and enjoyable thanks to the specially designed lighting along them that adds to the effect.

The ancient theatre of Mantineia, as well as the extraordinary church of Ag. Foteini are located nearby.

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The cave is accessible by car from the village Kapsia, Mantineia. It is only 1.5 km away from the village. The village itself is 15km away from Tripolis and 172km from Athens.


There are both a guest house and a resort hotel at the village. You can enjoy a meal at the small taverns round the village square. Apart from that, visitors can also dine at good quality taverns in other nearby villages.

THE MUNICIPAL LIBRARY OF DIMITSANA

Dimitsana! The wonderful, historical town on the Valley of Loussios River. The town evolved into a remarkable commercial centre of Arcadia after the 10th century AD. Its peak starts after 1600, when the renowned faculty of the adjacent Holy Monastery of the Philosopher – Moni Filosofou – was transferred from the monastery to the town and became a Faculty of Greek Literature.

Pay a visit at the renowned library which is part of the school. Accommodate yourselves at one of the old mansions that today are transformed into guest houses and relish the atmosphere of a truly majestic old town.

Menalon Trail, the 75km long hiking trail, crossing through the villages of Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Zygovisti, Elati, Vytina, Nymphasia, Magouliana, Valtesiniko and Laggadia, is particularly interesting. It is the first certified hiking trail in Greece with 8 sections to choose from.

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Dimitsana is accessible by car following the main road Vytina-Megalopoli. It is 19km away from Vytina and 66km from Tripoli (through Vytina).


Friendly guest houses, small hotels and villas expect visitors in Dimitsana. There is a wide variety of taverns and grill houses scattered around the village.

LEARNING ABOUT SILVER...

Stemnitsa is one of the most picturesque villages in Peloponnese with a highly preserved local traditional architecture.

It is built at the location of the ancient city Ipsous and its history dates back in the byzantine era. It is said that the best church bells were manufactured here during the Ottoman occupation. The people of Stemnitsa excelled at the craft of silver-gold smithery travelling all around the Balkans, then occupied by the Ottomans, and even further, to Russia and Italy.

The Silver and Gold Smithery School operating in the village today with young people studying there is a token of this great uninterrupted tradition of the village in jewel craftsmanship.

The tour round the village can end with a visit at some remarkable churches like the 12th century church of Panagia Bafero and the 17th century Tris Ierarches one. After 1821, the First Peloponnesian Congress convened at the 15th century church of Zoodochos Pigi for a short period of time in order to reach decisions regarding the process of the revolution.

You can also admire the magnificent mansions among which there is the tower of Roilou and Bournazos’ mansion.

RAFTING ON LOUSSIOS AND ALFEIOS RIVERS

This is probably the most impressive rafting route in Greece. It starts out at Atsicholos Bridge near the village of Vlachorafti.

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Stemnitsa is 11km away from Dimitsana, 21km away from Vytina and 77km from Tripoli (through Vytina).


Nice guest houses, rooms to let and small hotels abound in Stemnitsa. Apart from that, there are plenty of taverns and grill houses in the village.

VYTINA: BOTH FOR SUMMER AND WINTER

One of the most beautiful family destinations in Peloponnese. It has a wonderful climate and it is a very easy town to explore. Start out from the central square enjoying a cup of coffee in the shade. Visit the church of Ag. Tryfonas, built in 1846, and taste delicious cheese pies for your children’s snack from the traditional bakery below the square. Walk through the picturesque grove in Vytina and let you children play free.

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Vytina is 48km away from Tripoli. Tripoli is 165km away from Athens.


There are a lot of 3-4 star hotels, villas, luxurious accommodation and looms to let. Taverns and restaurants with good quality local food are plenty.

THE STONE- BUILDERS OF MORIAS

LAGGADIA

A quaint traditional village in Gortynia, where stone masterpieces abound, built in a remarkable amphitheatric way on a steep slope at an altitude of 980m with plenty of natural springs.

It is the birthplace of the renowned stone craftsmen.

The jewel of the village is the central square, shaded by plane trees and surrounded by traditional coffee shops and taverns.

Accommodation is available at hotels, guest houses and rooms to let of all categories.

The village is 65km NW of Tripoli.

KAYAKING ON LADONAS

Ladonas River is ideal for those who love sports. Rent a kayak from one of the mountaineering companies that operate in the area. The lake was created in the 1950s from after the construction of the dam for the operation of the nearby hydroelectric power plant. Discover the hidden beaches in the area, row on the emerald waters of the lake and admire the superb landscape and the steep slopes.

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Dafni is the village that serves as the base for activities on Ladonas. You can reach it by car through the 111 old national road Tripoli-Patras. Dafni is approximately 40km from Vytina and 67km from Tripoli.


You can stay at a guest house or rooms to let. There are a few taverns with good food at the village. There are more options for dining at Dimitra and Kontovazena, which is a bit further away.

SKIING IN OSTRAKINA

MAINALON SKI CENTRE

With Ostrakina at 1,981m, the highest mountain, the Mainalon mountain range overlooks the whole Peloponnesian peninsula as it dominates its very centre. Myths and legends connect it to god Panas, it occupies a large part of the prefecture of Arcadia and reserves majestic views to any visitor. The Ostrakina Ski Centre has excellent ski slopes, a modern chalet, a guest house, a community hall and three ski lifts. There are four slopes available for avid skiers. Trainers will see to their equipment since skiers can rent all equipment in order to enjoy skiing.


The ski centre is located on the boundary of the municipality of Tripoli and it is 12km away from Kapsia, 16km from Levidi, 12km from Vytina and 30km from Dimitsana while it is the closest ski centre to Athens.

ALSO VISIT

Villages Levidi, Alonistena, Libovisi, Piana, Elliniko, Karytaina.

Monastery of Timios Prodromos between Stemnitsa-Dimitsana, Monastery of Panagia Kandyla, Monastery Epano Hrepas, Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoou Nestani, Monastery Panagia Philosophou Dimitsana, Varses Monastery 13km from Tripoli, Monastery Panagia Kernitsis, Monastery Kaltezes 31km from Tripoli, Monastery Malevi.


Access by car