What to see in Tripoli & Arcadia
About Tripoli and Arcadia
Arcadia is geographically situated in the centre of Peloponnese and is washed by the Argolis Gulf and Myrto Sea. It has an exceptional multifarious natural relief, exceptionally beautiful landscapes, regions of an intense archaeological interest and historic locations.
It was first settled by the Arcadians, one of the oldest peoples in the Peloponnese, who founded significant cities and it was also the place where the Greeks achieved their first victory during the War of Independence.
Tripoli is the capital of the prefecture of Arcadia. Built in the centre of a wooded plateau, Tripoli is one of the most important agricultural, commercial and transportation hubs in Peloponnese. The city is a place of natural contrasts. Due to its position, it can satisfy even the most demanding visitors, as it offers enchanting landscapes and resorts combined with mountain and sea.
Arcadia is rich with cultural and historical monuments and landmarks and offers too many selections to each visitor. Visit “Mount Athos” of Peloponnese and discover a unique natural environment in mount Parnon or walk along Lousios River. Visit Ancient Gortyna, right next to Lousios riverside where there are hot springs and the sanctuary of god Asclepius. Admire the temple of Apollo standing lonely on the mountains and get to know the unique ability of the locals to give life to stone. Visit the rough shores of Tsakonia, where the Tsakonian dialect is spoken for thousands of years.
Monuments of mostly –but not solely- religious interest are the Monasteries in the Lousios Ravine, built in the rocks. The best-known ones are Filosofou Monastery, Timiou Prodromou [St. John the Forerunner] Monastery and Kalamiou Monastery. There are also 25 hermitages dug into the rocks that are quite an impressive sight!