North of Kalamata, away from most of the tourists, is Arcadia and to the West is Elis. We have yet to explore much of this area but have visited the Lousios Gorge three times now and we love the drive here from our main base in the south. In 2022 we took a detour to see extraordinary Agios Theodora which was well worth the diversion. North of Tripoli to the east of the motorway is the Panagia Gorgoepikοos Monastery which has the most amazing setting halfway up a flat top mountain and overlooking the plains below.

As you venture north it gets pretty mountainous with deep valleys and lush vegetation. There are even ski lodges which surprised us on our first visit. Most people have heard of Ancient Olympia but the Temple of Apollo is rarely visited.

I often shoot through Arcadia on the motorway on the way to or from Nafplio and I do want to spend more time exploring this area. Arcadia and Elis certainly hae a lot to offer.


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