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CAR DRIVES

 

Leonidio – Paleochori – Elona – Kosmas

Time: 70 minutes

Road surface condition: Good

 

Leonidio – Paleochori

 (15 minutes drive until the crossway of Eloni and 15 minutes drive until the Paleochori)

 Before arriving to Elona, close to the ghyll if you follow the road that you have to your right hand, you arrive to Paleochori which is a traditional settlement with ancient history at an altitude of 850 meters which is appropriate for daily escape and with Leonidio as the base. The natural environment is rich with ghylls, firs, cedar trees, springs, streams, caves and cave precipice that you can visit (Tristomo, Alikousi, Propantes).

 

Paleochori – Monastery of Elona

 (10 minutes drive from the crossway of Paleochori)

Elona is located at the 17th klm of the route Leonidio– Kosmas, a monastery which constitutes a miracle in Nature, since it is built in the middle of an enormous rock.

Monastery of Elona – Kosmas (15 minutes drive)

Continuing on the southeast slopes of Parnona and in an altitude almost of 1200 meters, in the middle of a fantastic landscape it is built the village Kosmas. From the village you can see the Argosaronic Bay and the islands Spetses, Hydra and Spetsopoula. From the region Kosmas the road continues  for Laconia.

 

Leonidio – Poulithra – Peleta – Mari

Time: 60 minutes

Road surface condition: Good

Leonidio – Poulithra (10 minutes drive)

If someone goes south from Leonidio, he can meet Poulithra after Plaka, a beautiful small village with traditional stone houses.

Poulithra – Peleta (Kounopochoria) (20 minutes drive)

Leaving behind the sea and by following the uphill road which crosses Poulithra, you arrive through Tsoumou at Pelata. The route, even if it is relatively difficult recompensates the traveller with the wild beauty of the landscape and the fantastic view of the Argolic bay.

Peleta – Mari (30 minutes drive)

The road after Kounoupia leads to Mari, a village with a lot of water, and then it leads to Laconia.

WALKINGS

Leonidio is indicative for the fans of walking, since there are paths, which bring the visitor closer to nature and make him to forget the problems of daily routine.

Indicatively, we mention:

  1. Leonidio – Prophet Elias (20 minutes). It is about an easy path, where the route is among pines and firs and during the spring the visitor can see anemones and poppies.
  2. Leonidio – Saint Athanasios (1h20). The view from the chapel of Saint Athanasios is unique, since you can see  the entire Leonidio and Poulithra.
  3. Leonidio – Monastery of Eloni (total 4 hours). It is about a unique route next to the river of Leonidio (Dafnonas),  where the residents of Leonidio were walking the years that there was not a road network towards Elona. If anyone would like he can gather laurel, sage and other herbs.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

In Leonidio there is a diving school, and you can dive at any place that you wish, on request. Also, for the fans of climbing, again on request, there is someone who accompanies all the persons who climb the impressive red rock of Leonidio.

Finally, during the summer months and always on request, there is a little boat which can transport you to Spetses for daily excursion.

MONASTERIES

Apart from the Monastery of Eloni, it is worth visiting the famous monasteries of Saint Nikolaos at Karya and Saint Nikolaos at Syntza.

CHURCHES

The oldest church is that of Saint Kyriaki, a construction in the beginning of the 18th century. In the Annunciation, that is the Metropolis there were saved icons of iconostasis of 17th  and 18th century.

The other churches are Saint Athanasios – Saint Catherine, Three Hierarchs in Kilasso, Saint Ioannis, Pammegistoi Taxiarches (Archangels) etc.

CHAPELS

It is worth visiting the chapel of Saint Leonidis at Plaka, the chapel of Saint Apostles at Lakko dated to 1873, the chapel of Saint Ioannis Theologian, the chapel of Prophet Elias, the chapel of Saint Georgios and the chapel of Panagia (Madonna) Hatzaliou.

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