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  The Astros and the slopes of Parnon. The inexhaustible sources to lure a ceaseless song. The villages-fortresses, plateaus, canyons. It did not expect it. A hymn to nature.
Is celebrity shores stars mislead. The connection to the word "Astros", the coupling of two of them with the sea. Makes you feel like the northeastern tip of Arcadia plunges entire Argolikos is "tame" and what it will accompany to do with summer, sunny images.
 From the glittering coastline carves path in the mountains, plunging into the ocean green, discover, as if for the first time, traditional, unique architecture settlements occupy a respectable portion, provide countless trails with a backdrop of 1,936 m. Of big white Tourlas.
Argolikos and Malevos - the 'local' name Parnon. Beaches to look at Bourtzi and Nafplion, defined from the golden night castle of 'asteroid' peninsula. Wetlands overlooking the Island shores Astros and a hinterland ambiguous, drowned in the waters, vegetation, Ark rare species of flora and fauna.
Monastery Loukous - the first stop, after Kato Doliana, a breath before the Mediterranean Astros. The convent occupies the site of ancient Thyreatis and probably built in place early Christian church operates continuously from the 12th century. and moreover marks the villa of Herodes Atticus. Or maybe the opposite is true?








 Monastery Loukous
 As revealed by nuns, the area has always been marked from the fertile land, vegetation and variety of game - say, indeed, that was full of roe. Maybe that's why the fabulously rich Athenian philosopher, orator and benefactor of Athens invested in existing villa his father, embellishing it with aqueducts, baths, mosaics and numerous luxuries.
 Through the 'Mediterranean' the road continues as the famous resort of Kynouria: Paralio Astros.
They say that the shape of the peninsula and gave him the name and grace. The trademark of the Frankish «Castello della estella» and the mainland "Island" - the old settlement at the foot of the fortified hill.
And the lighthouse next to the church of the Prophet Elijah, and the houses of ZAFEIROPOULOU Brothers (18th cent.) In the walls, and views of the harbor and 5 km. Sandy wreath deregister "Doors".
Waterfront, theater and whitewashed neighborhoods summer smells delicious, like Ksiropigado beaches and Atsinganos (north).
The road continues as the pond must and neighboring Cheronisi, favorite choices of lovers all year round. 
The reason for the two wetlands with unclear boundaries and brackish waters, matted in a pantheon reed, sand and dirt entwined and offer unique pictures to us - safe "refuge" in a variety of plants and animals.
Includes course and the network Natura, while part of the Protected Area Management Agency Parnona. From the hill of Cheronisiou oversee the upcoming beach "Mili" with castled "marine" windmill makes it so special.


The song Parnona
Leave everything behind. Follow rampant waters, gorges, to be your compass the snowy peaks of Parnon. From St. Andrew, about 20 km., To accompany the gorge Zarmpanitsas, gives you a distant image of the villages that nestle in the lower aspects. Till you reach Prastos. And there you forget all.


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Historical village. The heart of Tsakonia (which has now taken root in Leonidio, which maintains its own dialect, which is a standalone chapter in itself). A resident now has "a Englishwoman" (equivalent to "how many children do you have?" - "One and a daughter").
From the Middle Ages to the pre-revolutionary times the village was numerous. What village say? 8,000 souls counted when Athens reached 1,500. So learn from Michael Tsagouris, now a resident of St. Andrew, former Prasioti - fate that followed in their entirety the villagers.
Wealthy merchants and sailors most, endowed the place with neat churches littered with "Malevou plates", with impressive 3-floor mansions "16 m. Houses!", With spiers and squares amid loneliness testify shamelessly brilliance of the past.
Different style of course, but come on to lectures. But doll Kastanitsa will tell. A rock with whitewashed houses and legs to roll two gullies. At the highest point, the Tower of Kapsampeli. Byzantine hand (controlled the Laconia and Argolis passage), but kept the name of Kastanitsioti chieftain who preserved during the Turkish occupation. From there you have the best view. On the outskirts of unfolding a 4,500 ha. That old chestnut gave up 400 tons of chestnuts!
You spend the Sitaina - famous for its proximity to the Great Tourla and the connection between them via 4 hour trail. The truth is that each stands for something. Platanos, for example, for its waters. "As Platanos water will not find in other places, with a sip not want a doctor with two will find a mate," read at the tap of the square, because if someone said to the ear than the roar of waterfalls, springs, Nerotrivi etc. "In s' will not hear anything.


Agios Andreas
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On the Thyreas lowland and on our way to Leonidio, just 6klm away from Astros we find this constantly developing town, builted on the hills of a mountain very close to the sea. Picturesque stone builted houses, a central square, tavernas, metropolitan christian temple ans stores, all form the leading town of the ter-ritory. 3klm away you will find the Agios Andreas beach on the coastline of the Myrtoo open sea and a small pi-cturesque port. In Agios Andreas disemborgues to the sea and has formed the Zabanitsa gorge. The gorge is a ve-ry impressive sight, especially during the season that the ice is melting on the Parnonas mountain chain on the course to the sea, forming small lakes and waterfalls. If you decide to hike on the gorge you will find a very nar-row point. Agios Andreas is the home town of the known dialect Tsakonika, which is a descendent dialect of the Laconic dialect mixed with influences of other Greek dialects and was preserved through the ages in these ancient grounds. Very close to Tsakonica is the dialect of Pontos, Kapadokia and Southern Italy. In the coffee-houses in Agios Andreas you will meet elder people still talking Tsakonika.


Agios Ioannis Astros
Agios Ioannis is a village located on the 230th km of the street from Paralio Astros to Tripoli, on the northern edge of Sarantapsiho, on the feet of Parnonas (or Malevos) mountain. 
The village is first mentioned in the history of Konstantinoupoli in 1453 (book b, chapter x). The name of the village Agios Ioannis comes from a temple devoted to Agios Ioannis Prodromos and is very common in the region of Kinouria since its residents from the 9-10th century have named their villages after Saints and built everywhere churches, chapels and monasteries. That's why Kinouria is called a replica of Agio Oros.
It is widely believed that the local name Agiannitis derives from Aiginitis, due to the fact that people from Aigina were obliged to immigrate to Thirea in the years of the Peloponissean war (Thirea is the ancient name of the area of North Kinouria which includes Astros, Paralio Astros, Meligou, Haradro, Platano and Agios Ioannis).



In the 19th century it was the largest village of the area. The people used to travel south during the winter only to pick up their olives and produce olive oil. After the Liberation from the Turks and since they were out of danger they started to make improvisations to the area and spend the winter there. This is when the name Astros or Astra became popular and Agios Ioannis was named Upper Astros.
A winding road leads from Astros to the mountain villages of Kinouria. From this road you can enjoy the view to Paralio Astros and Mesogio Astros. On the left you can see the Monastery of Palaiopanagia, located deep in the mountain, built in the 13th century by the emperor Nikiforos Fokas which has unfortunately lost its former structure. Then you go past Ano Meligou and arrive at Agiannis in 5 minutes. 
In the entrance of the village you can see the church of Agia Paraskevi. Following the street you arrive at a small forest called Koutri where the visitor can see a marble stone, the inscription of the Karitsioti School, which survived the army of Ibrahim in 1826. The School had been rebuilt by Dimitrios Karitsiotis, a great trader and immigrant to Tergesti. It served as a boarding school and operated in 1798 with students from all over the Peloponesse. Another school was also built as a branch which now serves as a museum in Astros. 


Agios Petros
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In a verdulous landscape of cherry-trees, platans, apple-trees, oak trees, chestnut and nut trees we find this traditional village at an altitude of 950m. Builted on the hills of mountain chain Parnonas, it is just 34klm away from Tripoli and 30klm away from Astros. It is said that the village was founded in 1435 AC and was ruled by the Venetians in 1687 AC, when they declared Agios Petros the capital of the entire territory. Because of the altitude and the morphology of the grounds, the location was used by the Greeks and the Ottomans for “hide and seek”, during the ages of the Revolution in 1821. In 1726 and under the commandment of Yiannis Karabelas and Antonakis Alevizos the Malevi battle took place here between Greeks and Ottomans. The inhabitants gave the na-me Saint- Peter to the village because of their belief that Saint Peter was their protector.
There are routes that will lead you to the tops of Parnonas and the Alpine refuge. The highest top is called Megali Tourla and will take you 2,5 hours to reach it. You can also take shorter routes to the churches of the 16th century, Ai- Georgios and Ai- Ni-kolaos builted in the chestnut forest. On the east of Agios Petros there is a dried up rocky territory with bushes and cedars, where the shepherds have their shacks and name Xerocambi. On the same side you will find a part of river Tanos. Visit the monument “Castle Aga” which was built in the 18th century and was a fortified residence. Wal-king in the village you will also see the dome-shaped spring which has an inscription dated from 1769 and the other dome- shaped springs, Katsi, Kerasta, Bruskas, all builted in about the same period. The bridge “Vithula Anna” which is a stone builted bridge on river Tanos. Other castle residences you will find in Agios Petros are: Kini, Kontaki, Kasuri, Frinena, Papanikolau.

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5klm away Agios Petros, visit the Panagia Malevi Monastery, which is a monastery for women builted on the hills of Parnonas at an altitude of 950m. The older monastery was built during the 14th century a bit further than where it is today. There, Osios Nelos monked and it had been a sanctua-ry for the Greeks during the Ottomanic domination. It was destroyed by the Ottomans on their second attempt – as the first one failed when Zaharias’ men pushed them back. During the Revolution the monastery was used as a ho-spital and a militaty base. It was destroyed by Hebraim in 1825 and was rebuilted after the success of the Revolu-tion. The icon of Panagia is a work dated from 1360 and is thought to be miraculous. The monastery has guest- houses that host every year a number of believers.


25Klm away from Tripoli, Kastri is a mountainous village (at an altitude of 950m) and the capital village at a complex of 7 (Mesorahi, Oria, Kavatulas, Nea Hora, Perdikovrisi, Elatos). The village stands in a deep green landscape, hidden in the chestnut trees (the territory is known of the production of chestnuts) and numerous sour- ces of fresh cold water. Staying in Kastri you will have the chance of hiking to the villages around, following ma-gestic routes through the forests, to the slopes of mountain chain Parnonas and the gorgr which is near by. The village is 9klm away from Agios Petros and very close to the Monastery of Timios Prodromos (mentioned in the page referring to Dimitsana). As every other mountainous village, Kastri has also very interesting history during the ages of the Revolution. It was used as a base by the Greeks and the watermills in the village produced gun-powder. This village is the only one which managed not to be dominated by the troops of Hebraim, who attempted twice to concurr it. During winter time, when the snowfall is thick, sometimes the road communication is shutted down.


Paralio Astros
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4klm away from the city Astros lays this summer resort which has been constantly developing in the last years. 
The beach extends to the point that comes one with the beach in Agios Andreas and is built on a small star- shaped peninsula on the verge of the Argoic Gulf. At the end of the peninsula, on the south point of the hill lays a medieval castle builted during the time the Franks dominated the grounds. Later and during the Ottoma-nic domination it was used by the Ottomans as a fortification line. 
Three residences are standing inside the walls, work of three tradesmen brothers who came back from abroad to take part in the Revolution and builted their houses here.
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The architecture is indicative of the pre- Revolution era. A bit further are wall remainings of the clas-sical era believed to be builted by the Aeginites.





An open theatre and a beacon are standing under the castle. The mansion Herodes Atticus, Helleniko, the Lucus Monastery and the aquatic biotope Mustos are all close by to be visited. You can reach Paralia Astros by flying dolphins from Pireas as well.



Hotel Pralio Astros



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Welcome to Xiropigado Astrous ,22klm south of Argos, on the borders of Arkadia and Argolida stands this coastal village which has been developing for the last few years. As it is not a very known destination,
it is the unique place for having quiet vacations, swim in clean sea and eat fresh fish. The few inhabitants are always willing to see to your needs. The view of the mountains and the Argolic Gulf will capture your senses

Hotel in Xiropigado



South Kynouria 
The naval town of Arcadia. With their backs against the Parnon and gaze whirling in Myrtoo. By once developed farming and breeding kampo- the "Garden of Dionysus" in Pausanias from then until today. Terrestrial roads were drawn in '64.
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The same sequence and now to the approaches. Three hours from Athens the instructions say. Many more will do. You stop at every turn, will you fight with yourself not to dive on every beach will count the colors that makes the blue flicker as the undercurrents. The bays will succeed each other and the Twinkles will hold you captive, near them, day - night.
Till you get introduced to history. You will learn about Apollo cheese ("founder" of Tyros and protector of cheese), for Kolokotronis and the Turks, who did not dare to set foot in Tsakonic soils for themselves Tsakones which considered terrible and formidable warriors (the browser E. Çelebi describes the unreal, with heads like a cauldron, with faces that resemble those of Viewpoints Tatars and booming voice echoing in the mountains!).
For St. Leonides, whose body washed up in Plaka (the ancient beds, seaport of Leonidio) and, in honor of the persecuted Prastiotes adopted their new name. You hear stories about the rich merchants who traveled to the ends of the Earth, in Asia Minor., Istanbul, the Black Sea and Russia, which safeguard the mansions with high walls and barred windows, set up with lavish luxury and undivided attention.


«Καούρ εκάνατε τον Αγιελίδη» = «Welcome to Leonidio»


This is the capital town of the municipality of Kynuria and is 95klm away from Tripoli. The town is built next to a fertile lowland that produces fruits and olive-oil products. Standing just 4klm away from the coastline, it was from the ancient ages a naval town. The coastal community is called Plaka and it is the same location in which the ancient port was standing. A 4klm beach is extending up to the village Lakkos. The beach is full of visi-tora during the summer season. 4klm away from Plaka you will find the remainings of the ancient city Vrasies. The coins that were found in this location are indicative of the flourishness the city had throughout its existance, due to the port that was the link with other coastal cities.
For the same reason, the city was destroyed by Periklis. Remainings of walls, castles and buildings are saved and parts of the ancient port. The name Leonidi was given after the Saint Leonidi whose corpse was awashed on the beach. The town was founded in 1826 by immigrants of the town Prastos which was destroyed by Hebraim. Leonidio is the capital center of the people who talk the Tsa-konika dialect.The city is also known of the remarkable architecture of the buildings, many of which remind of castles. One of the most beautiful buildings and of the oldest in Peloponnisos is the Tsikalioti castle, which was builted during the Ottomanic domination and is now hosting cultural events. Other buildings that are indicative of the architecture are the Polytimos castle and the three- floor castle- house of Nufris. The style is full in colours, there is much use in objects (such as pebbles) and the use of all kinds of materials in combination, such as stone and wood. Also worth to be seen are the churches in Leonidio. Don’t miss to visit the Profitis Helias small church, built on a verdulous hill on the south point of the town and the three old mills at the entrance of the town. A very spectacular traditional custom is the one that happens during Easter time every year. The inhabitants construct hu-ge balloons that set away just after the ressurection. Fine architercture, light-blue sea and red rocks lingering above are waiting for you at this corner of the world.
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This village is standing by the borders of Arkadia and Laconia. 32kllm from Leonidio and at an altitude of 1150m in the middle of a verdulous landscape the village is built on the slopes of mountain chain Parnonas and has view to the Argosaronic Gulf and the islands Spetses and Hydra. To reach Kosmas you will go through the numerous miracles of nature, as the territory is full of firs, water springs, streams and the marvelous gorge of river Dafnonas. The name Kosmas was given to the village in 1592 AC. During the ancient ages, in this place was stan-ding the ancient city Selinus and there was a temple dedicated to god Apollo on the Profitis Helias hill. Kosmas is the home village for one of the first martyrs of the Revolution against the Ottomanic domination, Yiannakis Asi-makis, before the beginning of the movement. Apart from the important contribution the people of the village of-fered in 1821, they also resisted against the Italian domination and the nazi. By the end of the Second World War the village was entirely devastated and was reconstructed by its inhabitants. The village square is full of platans, the Agioi Anargyri church is standing in the middle and there are three springs that spurt cold fresh water from the mountains. Visit the monastery Panagia Elona, just outside Kosmas by the Dafnonas gorge. It is built on a red rock, seeming to be lingering, viewing the territory around. It was founded during the first half of the 16th century and is believed that the icon of Panagia Eleona is a work of Apostle Lucas and is miraculous. The bells are stone made and dated from 1831. During the Ottomanic domination the monastery was depredated and burned several times, but as a miracle that somehow occurs in every convent it is still standing, offering faith to the believers and a unique experience to plain visitors


Melana Arcadias
Shortly after Tyre (4mm) and over the main road leading from Leonidio is beautiful and typical village Tsakoniki Beyond Black. The village has 300 inhabitants and consists of two neighborhoods, one lower, which gathers most of the houses, and a smaller, higher., The "beyond the neighborhood." Built on the slopes of Parnonas, with houses that follow the simple characteristic local architecture, the village is a surprise for the visitor. At the same time is the village that has greatly Tsakonian tradition, like the Tsakonian dialect. Most residents speak fighting.


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This is a coastal village on the Parnonas foothills just outside Leonidi (9klm away) is a very beautiful destination for your summer vacations. You will swim in the crystal waters with the pebbled beach, you will walk on the picturesque marina, view the mountains and the open sea and walk through the picturesque houses in the village. The remaining of the acropolis of the ancient city Polihni are standing on the hill next to the marina. 


The deep blue of Plaka
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Tyros written his own story. Since the time of Pausanias yet, which included the "Laconia" of the above maxim. In neighborhoods of spoken more the Tsakonika is fact. The listening to the port with the fishing boats, the shop Angeliki Psarrologou (one of the last active anyfantres), the alleys of Ano Tyros and Sapounokaikon. Concert, say, with secret codes and facing the East, always the sea.
The perched on the hillside and Sapounakeika Ano Tyros, because of its beauty (and their unhindered view) "transferred" slowly, in Athens and foreign hands; their inhabitants scattered around the shoreline once again.
They do not badmouth. Their coastline is enviable. Ap'to Tserfo to Kryoneri, ap'to Zaritsi to Tigani, Tyros, the Lygeria in Kisaka, Livadi. Olives hanging overboard and roofs slide in Myrtoo ..


Paralia Tyrou
75klm away from Tripoli, this coastal resort of the Arkadian earth builted on the slopes of moun-tain Parnonas, is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Peloponnisos. The outstanding beach that will sati-sfy even the most demanding visitor, the mountainous landscape with the hundreds of trees lingering above, the Ano Tyrou which stands amphitheatrically built on the slopes and the mafestic sunsets in combination with the vi-vid night life the territory has will capture your heart. The name probably came from god Apollo, who was wor-shipped in his temple near the village Pera Melana. Nowadays, cultural fiests are organised by the municipality called “Apolonia”. On the top of the hill Kastro, at the end of the beach, remainings of an ancient civilazation are standing, walls of Cyclopian fortification, architecture which indicates that people lived here during sometime of the 3rd century BC. Excavations brought to light findings of the Hellenistic and Roman ages which are exhibited in the Town Hall. The coastline offers many choises for swimming and sea- sports. All the beaches near Paralia Ty- rou are worth to be visited. Sapounakaika, Krioneri, Tseflo, Agios Christophoros, Zaritsi, Livadi,


Sabatiki Fishing village 
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