So close to Kalamata!
One of the most beautiful stone-paved cobblestone connects Sotirianika-Altomira in about 4 hours.
Images from the past unfold in front of you when locals walked daily carrying with mules water and goods from fields to houses.
It is characterized as an important achievement of popular engineering and architecture. Construction started in 1904 when some locals had the idea to implement the connection of the mountainous and isolated settlement with the remaining villages of the Avia’s plain. From a date carved on a stone that was found, it’s concluded that the work was finished in 1928.
Climbing the 3 winding kilometres with 83 bends 78 of which turn 180 degrees that bring us from 340 to 850 meters altitude, the eye focuses on the mastery of folk architecture and is lost in the superb panorama of the plain of Sotirianika and the peaceful gulf of Messinia in distance.
In some sections the cobble climbs over the rock and for the longest part it runs parallel to and in a steep stream. After the first 500 meters it moves through a forest and as the altitude increases the view you enjoy towards the villages of Mani and the gulf of Messinia becomes even more impressive.
At the end of the hike and before heading back, you enjoy our local snacks and drinks at the Altomira spings.
- Season: All
- Route Length: 7 km (in total)
- Altitude: 400m-800m
- Walking Time: 4 hours (in total)
- Approach by car: 35 min
- Kids friendly: Yes
- Difficulty: Easy
- Departure Time: 09:00
- Return Time: 15:00
- Departure / Return Location: To Be Defined
- Casual, comfortable and light
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Our meeting point is at the Central Bus Station of Kalamata. After around 30 minutes we reach the start of the path. This excursion takes place at any time of the year.
- Pirgos of Kapetanakidon
- Church of St. Nicholas (celebrated by the eve if St. Panteleimonas, where the village community organizes a great festival)
- Church of St. Kiriakis
- Church of Ipapanti tou Sotiros
- Old Koskaraka Bridge which consists of an arch resting on natural rock and the type of construction of which leads to the chronological period of Ottoman rule.
- Newer Bridge of Koskaraka (according to the ministry is an important technical work that combines excellent technique and harmonious intergration into the natural enviroment).
- Professional Tour Leader
- Mountain Guide/s
- Liability insurance
- Taxes and fees