Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese, Greece

The forest of Skiritida next to the village of Vlachokerasia is just 2 hours from Athens, so it is perfect for a day trip or a weekend. 

There are plenty of waterfalls in Greece. Also, visit this hiking route in Peloponnese.

If you are a nature lover and fancy to explore traditional villages, you can choose to hike Vlachokerasia and then maybe visit and stay at Dimitsana (another 1.5 hours from Vlachokerasia)!

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Very tall trees here

We had just that Sunday available, so we decided to “use” the services of a Cultural and Climbing Club named EPOS Filis.

We have never been on a hike with them, but it sounded very promising.

So, we called and booked -maybe- the last two available seats.

The cost per seat was just 15 euro per person, so it was very affordable and also relaxing, as a rented bus would take the whole hiking team back and forth.

Having someone “driving” you back and forth from hiking trips is a great luxury for sore feet and all.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Here we start

The forest of Skiritida is of fantastic beauty.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
The “waiting line” to climb down a hill (with a rope).

It is a thick forest with both easy parts to walk through, and some very tricky ones, especially during Autumn.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

Trees are tall in many areas.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

There are streams and rivers and even some waterfalls.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

There are some small lakes, formed from rivers pouring their water in them.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

There are just a few openings like this one. Most hiking is done under shade.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

Of course, shade is just another name for getting chilly when you do this hiking during winter or early spring.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Maria at one of the accessible parts of the route

At many places, you need to hold tight on a rope to walk up or down.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

Walking sticks (aka, batons) are highly recommended for this one.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

Small streams like this one were all over the place.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

I was using the ropes to go downhill at another location.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

The route length (as our GPS informed us) is around 17km.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

With a relatively fast pace, you will need around 7 hours to cross it, without any breaks.

It is a circular route, and you will end up back to the village of Vlachokerasia.

The whole path is very well marked.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

The forest of Skiritida has lots of chestnut trees.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

You could reach and pick as many as you like.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese

You may walk mainly under shade (due to tall trees and all), but you will sweat a lot, as the route is of Level 2, with all its steep “up’s and down’s.”

So, it is not for inexperienced ones. You need sturdy shoes and plenty of water and some snacks.

That is a blessing since there are a couple of taverns and coffee houses there to replenish your energy with local food and wine.

On the day we went, another 150 people were in the forest, so imagine around 200 people hiking there belonging to different teams. We ended up mixed and matched with these teams and made lots of new friends.

Of course, in the end, we all ended up in the same village, so we quickly found our team and bus.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
If you see that church, then you landed in Vlachokerasia

There we had a small lunch and -as you see from our faces after 7 hours of hiking- we enjoyed the whole Vlachokerasia experience quite thoroughly.

Hiking Luscious Vlachokerasia Forest in Peloponnese
At a tavern, eating some light food and getting some rest before jumping back into the bus.

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  1. Great hike! The forest of Skiritida looks beautiful! I love nature, hiking and exploring. Especially when I get to see some lakes/ rivers/ waterfalls. If I just look at the picture I know I would love spending time there. quite some uphill and downhill as well I see. So a bit adventurous as well!

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