In Arcadia with Nymphs and Fairies
Family hiking along the Menalon Trail
“Et In Arcadia Ego”: a few things have changed in Arcadia, the land of utopia, as depicted in the Arcadian Shepherds, the paintings of the early 17th century. In the centre of the Peloponnese, the region around Mount Menalon covered with fir trees and gifted with abundant water, flowing from springs, through streams and rivers keeps the myths and legends of nymphs and fairies alive in every village you encounter, in every stone you touch, in every step you take.
Here is where Goddess Artemis (or Diana) used to hunt; here is where her follower nymph Callisto, mother of Arcas and the Arcadians, was transformed into a bear and later was set among the stars as Ursa Major. Here is also where rivergod Ladon transformed his daughter, naiad Daphne, into a laurel tree; where God of nature, shepherds, flocks and mountain wilds, Pan, fell in love with nymph Syrinx; where Aglaos, the “happiest Man on earth” lived.
MAMAKITA has walked and traced the family-friendliest paths of the Menalon Trail, and will guide you to the heart of the forest for you to discover the formidable creations of nature and mankind revealing continuous human presence, deep spirituality and cultural wealth in this awe-inspiring scenery and in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Seasons: spring, summer, autumn
Available accommodation: traditional guesthouses, 3*, 4* hotels and resorts
How to get there: Arrival to Athens International Airport, rent a car (with or without a driver)
Available exclusive services: nanny, professional family-oriented and experienced mountain guide, licensed tour guide specialized in kids