Dimitsana.. the Gunpowder
Dimitsana is located 63 km northwest of Tripoli, at the southwestern slopes of Mainalo, at an altitude of 960 meters.
The residents call it "powder keg" because in the years of Turkish domination there were laboratories manufacturing gunpowder. The rush of visitors is too big every year and not by accident because it is a very impressive city with beautiful architecture and spectacular places.
Wandering in the narrow streets, you will travel in the history admiring the family home of Paleon Patron Germanos, the house where the Patriarch Gregory V was born, which is preserved and is operating as a church museum.
Of great importance are the churches that carry the history of many years as Agia Kyriaki, some of these are dating back to the 17th century.
The visit to the Lousios River Gorge will add another unique experience to your vacation. According to mythology, it was named so, because the nymphs bathed the new born Zeus in its waters. In ancient times, settlements were built around it, traces of which have remained indelible in time.
Walk to its banks, discover the nature and hear the water gushes from every point. It is really a place, where one can be isolated, away from the noise and hubbub, and where one can "clean" his mind, and also is indicated for hiking and swimming. If you decide to stay overnight in this area, you will have the best impressions.
In the western part of the canyon, on a sharp cliff, is the Philosopher's Monastery, founded in 963 and is dedicated to the Assumption. There, the Secret School was housed during the Ottoman period. At a distance of 4 km away is the Monastery of Our Lady of Aimialon, while at the opposite side lies the Monastery of St. John the Baptist.
Another area of particular interest is the Museum of Water Power. Learn how much power had the water in the pre-industrial period and how it facilitated the people. You will also see a fulling mill, where people washed their clothes, a mill where the grain was grinded, a tannery and a gun powder mill. It is worth visiting and is just 2 km from Dimitsana.
Dimitsana has breathtaking views because the plain of Megalopolis and Taygetos are stretched in front of it.
Dimitsana enchants with its magnificent architecture, its cobbled and always clean streets and the amphitheatrical construction. You will find it hard to choose accommodation for your stay because everything is chic, stylish and keep its traditional style.
For your night out, you can choose some of the taverns, restaurants, cafes and shops, where you can buy various local products and souvenirs.
From Dimitsana, you can head to Vitina, Stemnitsa, just 8 km, and to Tripoli and to the villages of Irea, Loutra, Paloumpa and Rafti.
For your stay in Arcadia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Dimitsana, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to Arcadia is possible through the existing road network. The best way to explore Arcadia is by car so as to visit places that the local transportation cannot reach.
Tripoli has regular bus routes that connect Athens with all the areas of Arcadia.
Athens - Tripoli: 2,5 hours duration.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.