DATE: October 27, 2018
ACTIVITY: Hiking – Chestnut Festival
DURATION: 10 hours
EXPERIENCE: No experience needed
COST: 25 €
Meeting point: Will be arranged after contact via phone
One-day hiking trip to the Mazia Canyon and visit to the Chestnut Festival in Kastanitsa of Arcadia.
205 km far from Athens, in thick forests of chestnut trees, fir trees and plane trees, but protected by the mountain of Parnonas, Kastanitsa, one of the most ancient mountain villages of Kynouria has retained its traditional character till nowadays and is a traditional and preserved settlement.
So we will be there on Saturday 27/10, starting from our hiking trail, the path that starts from Agiorgi area, about one kilometer above Kastanitsa, crosses the beginning of the part of the chestnut forest in a setting of unparalleled beauty and then part of a forest with spruce and cedar and reaches the Mazia Canyon.
Hiking in this splendid canyon will reveal a special setting plenty of water, half-ruined watermills and dozens of shrubs, plants and herbs. We will end up at the Historic Prastos with its special medieval architecture. Then after the necessary break we will return to the famous Chestnut Festival in Kastanitsa!
The total hiking trail is approximately 4.5 hours, including the way back, and is suitable for beginners in good physical condition.
The Chestnut Festival in Kastanitsa has been continuously organized since 1983. Its roots since the end of the 18th century in this particular village helped it to evolve into one of the most important agricultural events with local products in Greece.
Traditional local food, such as pork with chestnut, traditional bean soup, etc., as well as pastries with chestnuts, are served at the feast. The festival includes concerts of traditional music and dances from local societies. At the same time, exhibitions of painting, folklore and handmade creations, as well as the Information Center for the Management of Parnonas – Moustos Wetland will be especially open for visiting and informing the interested people on that day.
Entrance to the celebration has a symbolic price of € 2, which includes free chestnuts (boiled / grilled), free wine, souvenir bracelet and participation in a prize draw of traditional gifts.
06:00 Meeting up
06:30 Update the program
10:00 Arrival at the hiking spot
10:15 Start of hiking
15:30 End of hiking
17:30 Chestnut Festival
22:30 Arrival at Athens
The program includes
Guides for the activity
Browse in the area
Visit to the village
You should have
First of all, good mood for adventure and modest physical condition!
In terms of materials:
Fleece-Gloves (if necessary)
Water (1.5 liters)
Hiking backpack (or just a backpack)
Second change of clothes after hiking
Safety and Health
You need to be healthy and to not have heart diseases
The cost of participation is 25 € per person
The price does not include VAT
Means of payment
By the company’s van
You can sign up
By calling 211.11.10795 or 694 984 9312 or by clicking the link below
Do not hesitate to call us for any questions you may have on 211.1110795 or 694.9849312