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


  • star rating  We hiked the Menalon Trail in March from Stemnitsa to Vytina over four nights. We could have maybe made it three, but we wanted a day in the middle to... read more

    July 30, 2019

    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

    September 28, 2017

    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 did two hikes:

    Steminitsa-dimitsana: great hike with both mountain views and lush forest. We visited two monasteries on the way which were really worthwhile. About halfway there’s a... read more

    May 26, 2019
  • star rating  Half way walk in the lovely Lousious river and amazing hidden gems. Not too adventurous if you are in reasonable physical shape. Try to depart early before the heat and... read more

    May 3, 2017

    star rating  Easy access...landed Athens.. train direct to Korinthos.. great value car hire with Vasilopoulos car hire including pick up and drop from station.. 90 min easy drive to Stemnitsa for... read more

    David W
    May 4, 2017

    star rating  We split the trail into 4 days walking 2 stages each day starting 15th October. Stayed at Lagkadia, drove to the end of the stages each day and got a... read more

    Nicky K
    October 21, 2018

    star rating  The trail is long, we only tasted it. The part we did was well signed and the path was good. It seems to be very challenging in parts with steep... read more

    April 8, 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.