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Greece Travel Guide|Greek Mountains

Kastanitsa Arcadia is a sign mark the chestnut

Surrounded by dense forests of chestnut trees, firs and planes, but sheltered by the mountains of Parnonas the Kastanitsa, one of the oldest villages of Kynouria today has retained its traditional character and is a traditional and preserved settlement.

Between two slopes at 840 meters, in a hillside location Parnon, in Arcadia, is the Kastanitsa, a beautiful village featured alongside traditional and preserved, according to the state archaeological department . It is one of the oldest existing mountain villages Kynouriaka Parnonas and the oldest Tsakonochori.

Traditional two storey stone houses with slate roofs, with windows bright colors and flowery courtyards, giving combined with whitewashed cobbled streets an idyllic, while Aegean cheerful face in the village, while the view from the castle at the top of the settlement and the renovated church square is impressive. Around the village lies a dense virgin forest of firs and chestnuts, which makes the area ideal for relaxing and hiking.

The Kastanitsa is built on a narrow hill between two ravines Polyfyto green and white has about 250 houses, with beautiful wooden balconies, arched windows and doors. The streets that connect the houses are stone, white and illuminated by traditional electric lights.

In the north of the village stand the ruins of a Byzantine tower Kapsampeli, which dominates the hill with panoramic views across the village and away to the tops of Parnonas, and still farther up the bay of Argolis. According to historical sources, the tower was built by the Byzantines in the 14th century and was an important fortification. Unfortunately gkremisthike in 1948 and today the ruins, while for visitors there is a paved path with wooden fencing.

In the village there is also a Cultural Centre with a rich library, Center for Environmental Information, but a select few traditional houses, cafes and taverns, and dominates the center of the patron church of the Transfiguration, built in 1780 around the ornate wooden iconostasis. The surrounding area is also 15 chapels, perfectly preserved ancient chapel of St. Panteleimon, which was part of the Monastery of St. Nicholas built in the early 15ou century and destroyed in 1826 by the army of Ibrahim.

The lime, chestnut and celebration.For centuries, the Kastanitsa was famous for its production of lime, which fired in traditional kilns (once operated in the village over 30 lime), but today, houses, courtyards, churches and walls of Kastanitsa continue to is washed and white, like in the Aegean island.

Also, the village is famous for its chestnuts, which probably gave it its name. The big chestnut forest that surrounds an area of ​​4,500 acres in the past, the harvest of chestnuts exceeded the 400 tons.

For 28 years, the village is known for its chestnut festival organized every autumn, one of the most important agricultural and cultural events in the country, which serves traditional local dishes such as bean married, and boiled dishes and sweets are basic material, chestnuts, accompanied by traditional music and traditional dances by local clubs. Of course their honor have boiled and roasted chestnuts with sweet wine. The festival also frame painting, folklore and handmade creations.

Just outside the Kastanitsa, there were three old mills to grind wheat. Today the ruins of the last mill in operation until about 1970.

At a distance of 20-30 km away from Kastanitsa, there are also many picturesque traditional villages such as Prastos the Sitaina, Platanos, the Ag. Peter, Agiannis, Kastri, the Upper and Doliana or cotton, the Varvitsa Karyes and Polydroso (Tzitzina) worth the visit.

Important and characteristics of the paths that connect the settlements to each other, but the amazing trails in the canyons of the area as combined, and the Loulougka Zarmanitsas.

How to get there:
The Kastanitsa located near the borders of the prefectures of Arcadia and Laconia, 72 miles from Tripoli and 65 km from Sparta. From national road Athens-Tripoli route to follow the Argos-Astros-San Andreas-Kastanitsa (about 200 km from Athens).