If you have not visited Dimitsana yet, now is a good time to put it in your wish list of travels.
This area of Arkadia is bursting with beauty that you will definitely adore.
In the beginning of last Autumn I visited the area. For the first time despite the fact that it is not such a long distance from where I live. I immediately fell in love with this place.
If you are located in Athens, the distance by car is only 2 hours.
After exiting the main highway, you will be taking the district road heading to Dimitsana. There you will find yourself inside a magical scenery filled with fir trees. One can only imagine how beautiful the place will look covered with snow during the winter.
He headed uphill to the road leading to the village and indulged to the beauties of the surrounding nature.
Dimitsana is a winter destination. So as it wasn’t high season for us, we had the privilege of enjoying the place to ourselves. The fresh air was amazingly reviving.
The alleys paved with cobblestones along with the houses built with stone instead of cement are two of my biggest loves and there I found them both in plenty.
The locals were welcoming, friendly and eager to help with directions or by giving answers to questions. But Dimitsana is not only about natural beauty. It also has a very rich historical heritage as this is the exact place where the story of the newly consisted Greek nation started.
Additionally here you can find the house in which Patriarch Gregory the 5th was born.
…and also the residence of Paleon Patron Yermanos, the Bishop who played a leading part in the Greek Revolution of 1821.
Whereas the first house we where able to visit, the residence of Bishop Yermanos was firmly locked. It seems that the Ministry of Culture has different priorities to attend to, which is really a pity.
The population of the village consists of about 200 to 250 citizens and the primary school together with the kindergarden count about 20-25 students.
In the main road you will find 4 or 5 taverns that offer a variety of dishes with local ingredients like meat, cheese and traditional mezedes. Everything is cooked with local produce which makes a big difference in the taste.
If you decide to leave the main road behind and follow one of the narrow cobblestone alleys you will find yourself in the highest point of the village. From there high and above you will be able to see the breathtaking view of the valley traversed by the river Lousios.
MAKE SURE NOT TO MISS
– The open air Water-Power Museum is a gem that you really don’t want to miss.
– The birth house of Patriarch Gregory -as mentioned above. He is a martyr that Turks killed by hanging in April 22, 1821.
– The residence of Bishop Yermanos.
– The Monastery of St. John the Baptist that is spectacularly built on top of a cliff and has a breathtaking view.
– The Μonastery Filosofou which is known to have secretly operated as a school during the years of enslavement when Turks forbade the education for Greek students.
The details worth mentioning for each and every one of the above sight seeings are so many that they deserve a special post for each.
For now just enjoy a stroll in the alleys, sit in one of the patisseries for a dessert and enjoy the view from above. Nothing better for a getaway near Athens.