If you are in pursuit of the perfect laid-back atmosphere, taking in the authentic Greek village life, then Parnon villages will definitely amaze you. Located in Peloponnese and dividing Arcadia from Laconia, these scattered gems on the mountainous terrain have got something special. Away from the crowds and the frenzy of modern living, they will travel you back in time and immerse you in a romantically innocent era.
Fir trees and pine trees, century-old plane trees and evergreen nature create a magical canvas, in the hands of the most skillful painter. There are many small Parnon villages, with Agios Petros being the largest and most significant of them all. Set at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level, this picturesque village features the church of Apostles Peter and Paul, the Tower of Aga and Trikalitis Tower, an old carpet factory and a stone bridge. It is also the starting point for a hiking trail leading to the highest Parnon mountain peak.
Kastanitsa is another highlight among Parnon villages, surrounded by chestnut trees (hence the name that derives from chestnuts in Greek). The locals are hospitable and speak their own dialect. Make sure to taste local delicacies and stroll around the quiet neighborhoods. There is also a Byzantine tower or more accurately its remains, reminding travelers of historic times from the past. Then, Tsintzina village is otherwise known as Polidroso and offers a great place for exploring nature, as well as the various chapels and the old caves in the area.
Kosmas village is located at an altitude of 1,150 meters and provides exceptional views. Here you cannot miss the traditional desserts, handmade and created with love. Ano Doliana, Prastos and Karyes, Agios Ioannis and Geraki compose Parnon villages and create a magical experience for visitors to delve in. If you are looking for the real thing, nothing artificial or pretentious, then you know where to look!