Stemnitsa in Mountainous Arcadia, imposing and beautiful
The imposing and beautiful Stemnitsa is built on the edge of a canyon at an altitude of 1100 meters and is an example of a traditional village of Arcadia. It is the seat of the municipality of Trikolones.
The center of the village with its square has become an attraction with the traditional cafe and pastry shops, and also the stone houses and the narrow streets along with the warm hospitality impress every visitor.
In the taverns, you can enjoy delicious local dishes with traditional recipes.
The residents of Stemnitsa are hospitable and chaste, and they always greeting the guests with warmth, friendliness and are always willing to "walk" with them along the streets of the picturesque village.
The village is quiet with narrow streets (which complicate a little bit the pass of cars), in a unique natural landscape and is the ideal destination for visitors of Arcadia, who want to live away from the busy urban centers.
The main local product is the industry of silver -gold items that is the prop up of the economy until today. It is a tradition that has its roots in the 17th century, the result of the low agricultural and livestock development in the region.
Today, in Stemnitsa, there is a public silversmithing school of two years studying and several shops and workshops of silverwork, which are continuing the tradition. Aso famous are the local sweets (patties, diples, etc.) and pasta, sold in central shops.
Stemnitsa now has a good infrastructure for the hosting and serving of visitors. There are hotels, traditional houses and rooms for accommodation and also restaurants, taverns and cafes.
Visit - See
- The excellent, Folklore Museum in Stemnitsa with many important artifacts
- The church of Life-Giving Spring, in which, in 1821, the First Peloponnesian Senate took place, that resulted in being Stemnitsa the first capital of liberated Greece, for three weeks
- The scenic path that connects the square to the hill, where only the castle ruins are preserved today
- The church of Panagia Bafero, basilica of the 12th century
- The church of St. Nicholas is the oldest in the village
- The memorial, which is dedicated to the fighters of 1821
- The magnificent tower of St. George, built of white carved stone and built in 1877
- Lousios Gorge and the Byzantine monastery of St. John the Baptist, with the remarkable icons of 14th and 16th century and with a considerable library, which is built on a rock in a beautiful location
- The sources of the Immortals
- The silversmithing school
You can come from Tripoli (75 km) through the National Road Tripoli - Pyrgos, once at the point of Karkalou crossing, you follow the route to Dimitsana. After Dimitsana, in 10 km is Stemnitsa.
Also, you can get through Chrysovitsi, crossing Mainalo, through a beautiful but with several turns track.
Distances in Kilometers
Athens: 220 km
Vitina: 30 km
Ski Resort of Mainalo: 42 km
The region was known in ancient times by the name "Ipsous". According to mythology, ancient Ipsous was built by Ipsountas, one of the fifty sons of King Lycaon of Arcadia.
The current name Stemnitsa was acquired after the 7th century, after the colonization of the Slavs, in whose language means "wooded and shady place".
The settlement of the Slavs was followed by the settlement of Franks and later of the Turks.
The prosperity of Stemnitsa is determined at the Byzantine period, with its most famous the Stemnitsa bells product.
During the Ottoman rule, the monasteries, the Loussios Gorge and the whole area became the refuge of the inhabitants of the nearby villages.
In the Monastery of Baptist there is a door perforated by the bullets of the Turks, at the entrance of the Holy Monastery, where, after the raid in 1779 in Stemnitsa, the residents fled to it for their rescue.
For your stay in Arcadia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Stemnitsa, 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
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.