Lagkadia is built on very steep slope of the Gortynian mountains, in an area which, despite the fact it makes the construction of buildings particularly complex, it has many qualities: it’s located on the obvious geographical connection of Gortynia towards the west (from here passed the ancient road connecting Sparti, Megalopoli, Methidrio and Theuthis to Olympia, the route used in Ancient times by all those going from eastern Peloponnese to the Olympic Games in Olympia), it has many springs and provides natural defense and safety conditions. The need for careful design and construction of buildings, pushed the local craftsmen to develop techniques of high stability in stone-built construction, a skill that cemented their reputation as the best builders of the Peloponnese. The craftsmen of Lagadia have built both in Arcadia, and the rest of Greece, hundreds of great buildings, churches, bridges and bell towers

Lagkadia is an important regional administrative and cultural hub and the birthplace of great personalities and fighters of the Revolution of 1821, like the Deligianis family. Among the numerous historic buildings of Lagadia, more noticeable are the Deligianis mansion in the upper part of the village, the Taxiarches church (1805) and the church of Agii Apostoli (1854) in the lower part of the village, the stone-built High School, the church of Timios Prodromos (1808) and the chapels of Panagia Gounari (1862) and the Aghia Triadha.

The city has a remarkable tourism infrastructure and shops where you can buy textiles, local pasta, sweets and handcrafted products. The Carnival festival and the summer folksong contest in Panigyristra are just some of the many festive events taking place in Lagadia. Visit the nearby springs of Lousios in Agia Paraskevi Kaloneri and the small traditional villages in the valley of the Lagadian stream.

The Menalon Trail

From Stemnitsa to Lagkadia
Lenght 75.2 km
Altitude 420 – 1550 m


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