DATE: 09-11 March 2019
ACTIVITY: Hiking in Menalo – Participation in the “Burn of Makaronas” in Dimitsana – Traditional Coulouma in Stemnitsa
AREA: Menalon – Arcadia
DURATION OF HIKING: 1st day 5-5.5 hours (12 km) / 2nd day 2 hours (4.5 km)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2/5 and 1/5
COST: 155 € –Registration until 15/02
Meeting point: will be arranged via phone contact
Purchase ticket : https://goo.gl/forms/rnJzixEVD2BpK4js1
A three-day excursion to Menalo, the mountain of the Peloponnese in Arcadia, located in the center of the Peloponnese and occupying most of the northern part of Arcadia. Its highest peak reaches 1,981 meters. The forest of Menalo, its firs, springs, splendid routes, as well as the traditional stone-built settlements, their mansions and churches are destinations worth visiting.
Beginning our excursion, the first point of interest is the wonderful Stemnitsa. Breathtaking towers, cobblestone streets that climb past the arches of the houses and disappear into the walnut and cherry trees, fountains under the shadow of ancient plane trees, and a square full of coffee shops and taverns compose one of the most beautiful villages of Arcadia. We will begin our hiking tour on one of the eight paths of the certified Mainalon trail, starting at the central square of the village and ending in picturesque Dimitsana. Our companion during the path will be the rich nature and the view of the gorge that will lead us to the Monastery of Prodromos. We will continue walking under the rock where the monastery nests and soon we will meet again the path that runs through the gorge. A magical route, a cobbled path overlooking the gorge of Lousios, which will end at the exquisite Open-Air Water Power Museum that is unique in Greece, and will end up in the wonderful Dimitsana, where we will spend the night.
Our day will start with another great hiking activity, the second path of the Mainalon trail, starting from Dimitsana and ending in the village of Zygovitsi. Return to Dimitsana, where on Sunday of the Carnival, the children but also the adults run to the streets for the carnival parade. A special moment of the day is the revival of an old custom, “The Burn of Makaronas”, which has been going on for many years on the eve of Pure Monday. Makaronas is prepared in secret by young people in the village. During the parade that starts at dust, people exchange gifts. Throughout the event, songs are heard while everybody dance.
According to the custom, Makaronas, which is filled with gunpowder of Dimitsana, leads the parade sitting on a donkey. It is then hung in the square and people set it on fire with shudders and shimmering. At the end of the parade, there is a wild feast in the central square with a lot of fun and dancing.
Pure Monday. We enjoy traditional coulouma with warm bean soup and other traditional delicacies of Lent in the square of the village.
06:15 Meeting at the point that will be arranged
10:00 Arrival at Stemnitsa
10:30 Hiking *
16:00 End of hiking
17:00 Dinner at a traditional tavern in Dimitsana
19:00 Free time
10:00 Meeting at the place that will be arranged
10:30 Start of hiking *
12:30 Arrival in Zygovitsi
14:30 Dinner at a traditional tavern in Dimitsana
16:00 -17: 00 Free time
17: 00- … Participation in the carnival and custom of “The Burn of Makaronas”
10:30 Departure for Stemnitsa
11: 00-14: 00 Traditional Coulouma in Stemnitsa
15:30 Departure for Athens
18:30 Arrival in Athens
The Program Includes
The guides of the activities
Accommodation in a hotel in Dimitsana
The necessary equipment (baton)
Video of the activity
You should have with you:
First of all, fun mood to have a wonderful time!
Modest physical condition.
As far as materials are concerned:
- Mountaineering Shoes
- Waterproof trousers
- Windproof jacket
- Waterproof coat (even disposable)
- A fleece
- Mountaineering baton (optional)
- Snacks, water
- Second pack with clothes and shoes for the activities
Safety and Health
You need to be healthy and to not have any cardiac condition.
The cost of participation is 155 €
The price does not include VAT
Means of payment
The transfer will be done by modern vans of the company’s partners from the points that will be arranged in Athens.
You can sign up:
By calling 211.11.10795 or 694.9849312 or by clicking the link below
Don’t hesitate to call us for any other question you may have on 211.1110795 or 694.9849312.