Hike your way through beautiful Ainos Mountain
Hikers will love the various trails that lead through Ainos Mountain. Explore Ainos Mountain and its extraordinary fir forest. Standing at 1600 meters, Ainos is the tallest mountain in the islands of the Ionian and constitutes the smallest National Forest in Greece. The thick forest of Kefallonian firs is a one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon and supports a vital eco-system. These Kefallonian firs are non-hybridized and can only be found in Kefallonia, while the forest floor supports the fragile growth of Viola Kefallonica, a rare purple flower that’s carefully protected in the forest, so be sure to look out for them as you hike. The fir forest of Ainos Mountain offers the perfect habitat for wild horses, badgers, eagles, rabbits and foxes.
Trails through Ainos Mountain
Follow the routes that traverse the mountain ridge. Although not clearly marked, one route begins in Agrapidies and winds its way into the heart of the forest. You can also follow the route that begins in Arginia village. Another favorite route begins at Agios Eleftherios pass and leads through the most beautiful thickets of the fir forest, and finally takes you to the peak of Ainos Mountain, called Mega Soros. Before you head back down, admire the view and explore the remains of a temple dedicated to Zeus. As you make your way back down the mountain, choose to follow the hiking trail towards Arginia village. You’ll be able to walk through the stunning habitat that wild horses call home. There aren’t many horses in this herd, so keep looking for them. They’re smaller in size than average horses and are the descendants of domestic horses that were let loose in Kefallonia from the mainland. Many experienced hikers start by the sea and trek right up the mountain, off-road.