The Menalon Trail

Welcome to the Official Site of The Menalon Trail.

The first certified trail in Greece by ERA is true and ready to serve even the most demanding nature lover around the world.
Take your time in our website to see and learn about the region, the villages and the flora and fauna of The Menalon Trail.

75 km of nature and beauty are waiting for you and your eco-friends to “spend” your time and “earn” unforgettable moments from the one of the most highly rated trails of Europe. The Menalon Trail, in Arcadia, in the Peloponnese, in Greece is a fact.

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The first certified trail in Greece

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  • Menalon Trail is located in Arcadia, in the Peloponnese, a rich region in history and landscapes in Greece. Learn about our geography, flora & fauna, villages, the thesaurus of our gastronomy, news, events....

  • Menalon Trail, 75km long, passes through the villages of Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Zygovisti, Elati, Bytina, Nymphasia, Magouliana, Valtesiniko, Lagkadia, helping to strengthen tourism and services in Gortynia.

  • Hotels, guesthouses, rooms to rent, cafes, restaurants, traditional taverns, souvenir shops, traditional local products, Mini Markets, Taxi & Transfer services to Menalon Trail are here ready for you.

Where is The Menalon Trail & How to get here ?

The Menalon Trail is in Arcadia, the center of Peloponnese. It unfurls through the Lousios River gorge, the western slopes of Menalon Mt., the valley of Mylaion River & the Northeast Gortynian Mountains.

The Menalon Trail is just 200 km from Athens center, the capital city of Greece. It is an easy and interesting route, full of small villages and places to visit and fortunately it needs only your basic driving attention to reach on time. Have a nice trip.

The Menalon Trail is just a highway of 245 km from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) and only 110 km from Kalamata Airport. You can check flights for both of them and pick the best one for you and your hiking team.

There are 2 ports close to The Menalon Trail:
1) the one is the port of Piraeus and
2) the other one of Patra. From there you can have your car or rent one and come to us and start your adventure.

Events & News

THEY TOLD US ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE…

  • star rating  We hiked just section 4 between Elati and Vytina. Few things to know before you hike: if you hike in summer better do it early in the morning. Download... read more

    rebekka2001
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  We walked from Stemnitsa town & saw two old monasteries along the way. However we had a bit of trouble getting a trail map. Before we left Australia, we bought... read more

    masakonishimura
    November 27, 2017

    star rating  We have just finished the full 8 sections of the trail. Like many of the reviewers we enjoyed the fir forests, the rock perched monasteries, the picturesque villages and the... read more

    YaakovY
    September 28, 2017

    star rating  I completed the Menalon Trail in 5 days, with hindsight I should have added an extra day but I had a time constraint. The trail is extremely well marked and... read more

    MountainAfrica
    November 25, 2021
  • star rating  You can break this trail up into "do-able" parts. I walked one section with my very informative guide from Explore Menalo, guide highly recommended, but you can also explore independently.... read more

    Lucinda P
    October 18, 2017

    star rating  We walked parts of the menalon trail early October. We had planned to do all the sections but couldn’t find accommodation in Elati so decided to just do stages. However,... read more

    pancakealley
    October 21, 2018

    star rating  With a small team of nature lovers we hiked 4 of the most difficult trails at Menalon Trail over last week, starting from Karytaina, Moni Panagias Kalamiou, Atsicholos, Lousios river,... read more

    Gerasimos T
    July 18, 2016

    star rating  I hiked the trail solo in the last week of June and it was fantastic. I did it in four sections and walked to a village with accommodation every day.... read more

    LizDru
    August 11, 2019

Our Special Thanks

The Menalon Trail created by a group of volunteers from Eastern Gortynia, with the participation of the Club of Arcadian Mountaineers and Ecologists (SAOO) and the support of the Region of Peloponnese and the Municipality of Gortynia. The Menalon Trail is incorporated in the prizewinning programme “Greek Paths of Culture” of the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. The programme aims to give new life to paths of particular natural beauty and historical importance, all over the country, stimulating local communities with an important factor of sustainable development, that of hiking tourism.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, ELLINIKI ETAIRIA undertook the recording, the study and the realization of the trails’ bilingual signposting, especially designed for The Menalon Trail so that all necessary information could become accessible to the hiker. The mapping of the area, the development of the mobile applications and the specific software to design the signposting was undertaken by the AnaDigit cartographic company. The design and organization of The Menalon Trail, as well as the overall infrastructure that surrounds it, conforms to the standards set by the European Ramblers Association for the certification of walking networks complying to a criteria system of 41 quantitative, technical and qualitative parameters, in order to be certified and proposed to walkers from all over Europe as a reliable, attractive and safe mountain adventure.