In Parnonas or Malevos, the gods were walking ….
The name Parnonas means bright glow, from the light of the second sun or from the light of the moon.
The area of North Kynouria can rightly be described as a botanical paradise with great ecological value. Although a complete and systematic record of the flora of Paronon has not been made, it is certain that more than a thousand species and subspecies grow from its foothills to its peaks. 113 rare plants have been recorded, unique in Europe and 16 local endemic, ie plants that are not found anywhere else in the world. The rare aromatic and medicinal plants of Parnon, known since antiquity, add another dynamic to the flora of the area.
The top of Mount Parnon is one of the most attractive destinations for climbers. The existence of the mountaineering refuge of Parnonas in Arnomousga, on the border with the prefecture of Laconia, has contributed greatly to the development of mountaineering and hiking tourism in the area.
The following routes that have been formed and marked in the municipality of North Kynouria are of great interest for fans of the genre: ·
The path from the shelter to the top of Parnon.
· The path from the plateau of Parnon to the Monastery of Malevi.
· The “national path 33” that crosses the western part of the municipality, starts from Agios Petros and ends at the cape of Malea.
· The international path E4 that passes through the northwestern part of the Municipality.
From the village of Ano Doliana and through forest roads it passes through the place Zygos and continues to the prefecture of Laconia and the village of Karyes. A detour leads to the village of Agios Petros where there is a possibility of accommodation and dining. ” Just behind Ai-Lias is the second highest peak … The highest peak Tourla is right From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Parnonas – Malevos, Altitude 1,934 meters Peak Megali Tourla or Kronio The name Parnonas is ancient and etymologically related to the names of the mountains Parnassos and Parnitha. It means a bright peak, from the light of the second sun or from the light of the moon. It is also called “female mountain”, because it is smoother and gentler than its “big opponent”, Taygetos .
Malevi Monastery, is located on the provincial road Agianni Tripoli, after “Xerokambi” where the famous castle of “Oria” can be seen, before the most picturesque and historic Agios Petros Kynourias
“In the area around the Monastery of Malevi, in Kynouria, lies the only forest in Europe made of cedar trees, which has been declared a protected natural monument and is protected by the Natura 2000 network.
The cedar or juniper or Syrian juniper is a rare species, endemic to the Eastern Mediterranean and found in forests only in Syria. Nevertheless, it is characteristic of the flora of Parnon and in this location it is found in a pure cluster of 740 acres. Other rare plant species have been recorded in the same forest, which confirms the uniqueness of the environment in the area.
In the 1960s we went to Ai Lia from Agiannis and slept one night there, on July 20 at his feast
From wikipedia Lepida Gorge is one of the gorges of the Peloponnese. It is located on Mount Parnonas.
 Despite its relatively small size, it has a proportionally large waterfall of 70 meters and a smaller 45 meters, which are located at a distance of about 800 meters from each other, following the flow of water. The springs of the waterfalls start from the Xirokambi plateau, between the village of Agios Ioannis and the Holy Monastery of Malevi. The river, descending from the plateau, crosses the gorge and forms small pedestals in its course.
  The first waterfall is located at a distance of 3 km from the village of Agios Ioannis. Access to its base is by dirt road and after a short hike on a path of about 200 meters. The second waterfall (called “Melissi”) is located 1.5 km from the village of Platanos, on the road to Astros and 19 km from the last. It is reached after 800 meters of hiking from the nearest highway, following the riverbed.
  “KRONION PASSAGE-70 KM DEFENSE RACE.
The Municipality of North Kynouria, The Management Body of Mount Parnon – Moustos – Mainalo & Monevasia, The local community of Agios Petros Kynouria, with the help of local agencies and professionals of the Community And with the kind participation of the APS Association. Apollon West Attica and the Spartan Runners as technical advisors of the race, ANNOUNCE THE 70 KM DEFENSE RACE. IN PARNONA WITH THE NAME KRONION PASSAGE – RUNNING TO THE SACRED MOUNTAIN OF KRONOS – THE FATHER OF THE GODS » FROM THE MYTHIC PELOPONNESE Vamvakou – Parnon Shelter – Megali Tourla – Malevi Monastery
“The marked path starts from Vamvakou, at 960 meters altitude, on the slopes of Parnonas, requires a course of 2 hours and leads to the mountain refuge of Parnonas, at 1,450 meters. From the shelter, the marked route continues to the top of Megali Tourla, the highest peak of Parnonas, at 1,935 meters altitude, and ends at the plateau of Kampos which wants another 30 ‘walk to the top. The length of the route is 9.5 km and the ascent takes a total of 4 hours. In the end, you head north to the village of Agios Petros which is all you need for what you need, rest and good food. ”
Sitaina: The villages of Parnonas are beautiful
See below Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland Management Agency
The waterfalls of Lepida Back to home page Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) Kynourias Back to home page The historic Astros of Kynouria