A walk to the Byzantine legends of Arcadia and Moschofilero Vineyards

A walk to the Byzantine legends of Arcadia and Moschofilero Vineyards

Route: Tripoli – Steno – Moschofilero Vineyards in Agiorgitika – Byzantine Mouchli – Partheni Train Station – Elaiohori


Very close to Tripoli, just six kilometres away, is Steno, a truly beautiful village. It is built at the foot of Mount Ktenias, and overlooks the fertile plain below. The residents are involved with agriculture and arboriculture, potatoes, garlic, also delicious cherries, apples and pears are all cultivated on the plain. The cultural society of the village is very active and organises many events and festivals that make the village come to life. In the 1980s, a major archaeological discovery was made, a prehistoric metallurgy plant, which operated from 1700 BC until the late Roman times.

In Steno, Lithovounia and Agiorgitika of Mantinia the glowing Moschofilero grape is grown, a wonderful gift of nature. The wine tradition of the region has been uninterrupted from ancient times to the present day. A walk through the vineyards before enjoying a glass of fine wine is a wonderful journey in the noble art of wine-making.

Very close to Partheni and Agiorgitika is the Byzantine castle town of Mouchli. This is one of the most important Byzantine monuments throughout Greece. Along with Mystras and Monemvasia they were the largest strongholds of the Peloponnese. The church of Our Lady (Panagia) Mouchliotissa, the old metropolis, stands proud. Many legends surround the area, inherited from its great past. They say that on the eve of important historical events the church bells are heard in the night. The bells however have been looted and no one can tell how they come to chime.

Beneath the mythical Mount Parthenios is the village of Partheni. It is an ancient village, surrounded by plane trees. One of the prettiest spots is the railway station that became operational in the late 19th century. It was a point of reference for all Arcadians and a meeting place for the locals with returning emigrants.

The trip is finished beautifully with a tour of Elaiohori, a most beautiful village. Its name comes from the cultivation of olive trees here. In fact in late August in collaboration with the Municipality of Tripoli, the Olive festival is held here. Women make delicious dishes with the miraculous juice of life, olive oil, and offer them to visitors who swarm here for the event.

The route distance is 30 km.

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