The Menalon Trail is a 75 km long mountain trail that is qualified by the Leading Quality Trails-Best of Europe.
It begins in Stemnitsa, located in the heart of the Peloponnese. Through the lush Lousios Gorge the trail straddles the Western Menalon massif and runs through the Valley of the Mylaon River until the lively town of Vytina. It then continues through lush forests, across bridges and through pretty villages.
Being awarded with the certificate, the trail is well-signposted and well-maintained.
Through the dramatic Lousios gorge, with a handful of impressive monasteries built on its cliffs, you reach Dimitsana. Dense forests surround you on the stretch via Zygovisti, across the mountain pass Bilani to the remote village of Elati. This is followed by a short but great day along the Mylaon River to Vytina, famous for its Black Marble production.
The next day you wander slightly off the Menalon Trail, so as not to miss the pretty stone bridge which crosses over the Mylaon River. Back on the main trail, you continue to Nymfasia and stay overnight in small houses overlooking the area called Mavra Lithari: Black Stone.