Impressive white oak forests near Karitena, black pines on Mount Parnon, and protected plane trees in village squares (e.g. Dimitsana), mountainous Arcadia (Orini Arkadia) is a treasure of flowing rivers, amazing gorges and nature. Indigenous plants and animals, different rock formations, unique wildlife and rare mountain herbs represent the best of the Mediterraean fauna and flora at different elevations. Check out our Birdwatching section in Arkadia to learn more about all the birds there.


There are several areas in Mount Parnon that are considered ecologically very important: the resort area of Paralia Astros, Mount Oriondas, Moustos Lake, the gorge of Leonidi, the Eloni Monastery, the Monastery of Malevi, and the summits of Mount Parnon.

Accessed from the village of Dimitsana, this famous gorge runs along most of the Loussios river and is famous for its beauty.
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Different elevations offer different natural wonders: serene, bare mountain tops contrast with thick fir forests, cedar woods, oaks and strawberry trees, all mixed with springs, caves, rivers and gorges.
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A protected area under an EU directive for conservation, the northern slopes of Mount Parnon are home to black pines, which mingle with other conifers, all growing between 700-1,700 meters. An important biotope that is home to many types of wild fauna and flora.
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There is a riparian forest where the Ladonas and Alfeios rivers meet, creating small jungle-like areas and a very important ecosystem for fish, birds and amphibians. The best part may be on the road to the village of Krestena, near the dam.
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A very rare forest of Syrian juniper can be admired around Kynouria. The forest is spread over 74 hectares, and is of a unique botanical and ecological value.
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This gorge offers an excellent representation of local plants and animals, along with amazing waterfalls. It can be accessed through Kato Doliana (Lower Doliana) or from Kastritochoria, i.e. near Kastri.
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