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Mainalo
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Mount Mainalo occupies the central part of the Peloponnese and it is the tallest mountain in the region. Both the physical landscape and the traditional settlements set  Mainalo as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece for the winter season.

 

Geography

Mainalo rises in the northern part of the prefecture of Arcadia, reaching a height of 1,980 meters in Ostrakina pick. In Mainalo begin their journey the rivers Elissonas and Lucius heading West to the Ionian Sea. Lucius river forms a spectacular gorge with deep intense erosion.

At the southern foot of the mountain is built prefecture's capital, Tripoli. In several spots of the mountain are located impressive villages and settlements such as Vytina, Dimitsana, Stemnitsa, Levidi etc. The historicity of the area is visible in many places through abandoned monasteries and churches, stone bridges, etc.

 

History

The first inhabitants of Mainalo were Arcadians and Mainalians. According to greek mythology, the inhabitants of the mountain took part in the Argonaut expedition under the command of Agkaios.  Mount Mainalo was also home of the god Pan, the goddess Artemis and many larvae.

The large residential network, who has been developed in various positions of the mountain, played an important role during the Greek Revolution supplying militants with ammunition and food.

 

Ecology

The ecosystem of Mainalo disrupted significantly by the fires of 2011. Nevertheless, the landscape continues to be impressive with Abies cephalonica forests above 1,000 meters. On the banks of the rivers grow willow trees while in scattered places grow rare endemic species.

The valleys of the mountain host various species of wildlife. In the forests can be observed snakes, turtles and lizards from the family of reptiles, amphibians, many birds and wild mammals.

 

Activities

Nowadays Mainalo is a popular tourist destination thanks to its natural beauty. The area is ideal for hiking and cycling in one of the many trails, rafting and kayaking on Lucius river and winter sports at the ski center.

The ski center is located at the highest point of Mainalo, in Ostakina pick, just 12 km from Levidi.