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NEW – hike the Menalon Trail in the Peloponnese Back to News
Wednesday 04th December | Posted by On Foot Staff
Just launched for 2020 is our new self-guided walking holiday in the Peloponnese region of Greece. On Foot has worked with the creators of the Menalon Trail to craft our own version of this route. It uses many of the old paths and mule tracks that linked the villages with the fields, pastures and forest of this remote part of the region.
This relatively little-known path winds through an area of Greece that was a hotbed of resistance to Ottoman rule, and remains proud of its role in the Greek War of Independence. On the final day you’ll walk the dramatic Lousios Gorge, where ancient monasteries cling to the cliffs, and watermills assisted the production of various products including gunpowder.
The scenic walking through wooded valleys and hills with panoramic views will bring you to some very pretty and thriving old stone villages, where you will stay in traditional family-run guesthouses. Enjoy the villages too for their tavernas, local industries (for example jewellery making in Stemnitsa), little shops, churches and old houses, but above all a sense of life and liveliness that few can match. If you are lucky, the local dancers will be performing, and the wine will flow freely.
This is an area visited by Greeks in the winter, while the spring and autumn are the preserve of the hill walkers. Summer walking is possible (though July in particular can be very hot) as much of the paths are in native pine and fir forest, with dappled sunlight enlivening the shade. You may like to use this holiday as the core of a longer visit to the region – perhaps you could take in the sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and many others.
See more details of walking in the Peloponnese here, or call to speak to Simon and Debbie who have both walked the route. Prices start at £720 per person for the full six-night route (five days of walking), and shorter versions are available.