The monastary of the Panagia Elona is an important part both of the history and of life today in Leonidion and Southern Kynouria. Impressively built in a cleft in the mountain rock, the monastery stands at an altitude of 650 meters.
A 10 km drive alongside the Daphnona River brings us to a small spring which locals call “The Hunters’ Spring”. Here, with the Monastery high above us in the mountain, we park our vehicles and begin our trek. We descend the slope to the dry river bed and cross over to an old watermill. From there, we head uphill, following a well-preserved cobblestone path. Within about 35 minutes, we reach the entrance to the monastery, with its stone steps and impressive views.
We return following the same route.
|Duration||2.00 – 2.30 hours|
|Degree of Difficulty||Easy, suitable for children over 8 years of age|
|Number of Participants||2 – 20 persons|
|Distanc||10 km from Leonidion|
|Bring with you||Trainers or trekking boots, light sportswear, a hat and water|
|We provide||Poles, backpack containing whistle and torch|
|Participation Requirements||Registration form, full payment in advance, good physical and mental health|
|Cost||20 euros / person|
|Transport to starting point||By participants’ own means|