In the picturesque alleys of Leonidio, the traditional manor houses stand as specimens of the “Tsakonian” architecture and exude a stately air. Travelers can relax by taking a stroll in the market with the small shops, the cafes, and the taverns.
Leonidion is undoubtedly a “blessed land” anyway one looks at it. Steep rocky cliffs on Mt. Parnon combine with the azure coastline of the Myrtoon Sea to form the natural perimeter of a fertile valley, at the same time creating a splendid landscape.
“Kokkinovrachos”, an impressive red-rock cliff, rises like a natural stone wall and, as many believe, is the town’s landmark. In recent years, Leonidion has made a dynamic entrance in the climbing arena with the creation of the “Climbing Park Leonidio”.
Leonidion has over 300 climbing routes and has already started the implementation of the second phase, which provides the completion and expansion of the climbing park, with the creation of 200 additional climbing routes.
Traditional architecture of Leonidio and the narrow alleyways offer a journey back in time reviving memories from another era.
For the fans of hiking, there are wonderful paths which give you the opportunity to admire the fertile valley of Leonidio with its citrus and olive trees and the endless blue of the Argolic Gulf. The routes towards the churches of Saint George, Saint Athanasius, Prophet Elias and Panagia Xatzaliou, are the most remarkable.
Another place of worship worth visiting is the monastery of Saint Nicholas (Sintza), which is suspended between the earth and the sky, creating an intense atmosphere of devotion.
Plaka is a picturesque harbor, 4kms from Leonidio, with traditional fish-taverns and coffee places. Following its coastal route, which has 3kms length, we encounter the beach of Lakkos. Swimming, scuba diving and ski sports are some of the activities the area offers. Moreover the route from Leonidio to Plaka is suitable for cycling.
The location of the Monastery of Elona takes one’s breath away. It is miraculously suspended above the chaos below, overlooking a gorge. Its position causes awe and serenity to the worshipers.
Small villages, such as Tsitalia, Amygdalia, Pigadi, Fokianos, Peleta, Kounoupia, Houni, Vlisidia, Mari, are scattered in the large plateau of Parnonas. They are suitable for daily excursions and escapes in the pure and wild surroundings. You can visit the historic monuments and the monasteries of the settlements and you can relax in one of the beautiful taverns or cafes of their squares. The seaport of Pigadi, Fokianos, is an amazing area with transparent sea waters and virgin natural beauty which capture every traveler.
The remarkable beach of Vathy Avlaki is a must-see and must-swim beach.