Ancient Trizina - Volcano of Methana
Follow the paths of history and mythology.
DURATION: 1 DAY
Hiking through pinewoods & great lava formations, imposing geological fault, in an area of great archaeological interesting, waterfalls, lakes.
Available all year
2 hiking tours, total duration 8 hours.
Ancient Trizina, - Volcano of Methana
At a distance of 80km away from Nafplio there is the archeological site of Ancient Trizina which was a great ancient town.
Trizina was one of the earliest ancient cult centers of Poseidon. The city was also called Poseidonia. Plutarch, the philosopher and writer tells us that this was the birthplace of Theseus, who was the great hero of the ancient Greeks. When Theseus was a young boy and Heracles stayed as a guest in the city, he armed himself with an axe and attacked Heracles thinking he was a lion, as he was wearing a lion-skin. Many years later, when Theseus helped Heracles defeat the Amazons and take the magic girdle of their queen Hippolyte, Heracles rewarded him by giving him the daughter of Ares in marriage, the Amazon called Antiope. Together they had a son called Hippolytus, who lived and was later killed in Trizina. His tomb was housed in Trizina most ancient temple, but the temple was destroyed by the earthquakes that accompanied the eruption of the Methana volcano in 283 BC.
HIKING 1 - "THE DEVIL'S PATH"
Starting Point: Trizina
Distance: 6 km
Hot spots: Area with a great archaeological interesting, waterfalls, lakes, traditional village.
The route starts from the traditional village of Trizina and we walk across the green land with olive & lemon trees with the direction to the west of the modern town of Trizina,to the archaeological site of ancient Troezen, homeland of mythical Thiseas.It was the place where Phaedra and Hippolitus fell in love. At the site we find the ruins of the temple of Hippolitus founded by Diomedes and the buildings and the precinct constructed in the late 4th century or the early 3rd century B.C. over an ancient building. There are also ruins of ancient sanctuaries, walls, Phaedra’s monument, the Agora, the stadium and other buildings. The visitors will be amazed by a fortified tower, known as “the Palace of Theseus”, which was built in the 5th century but also has medieval elements. The ruins of a Roman building stand on the south of this tower, which is considered to be the Temple of the Muses.
Continue on, we follow an uphill dirt path which will lead us to the devil’s bridge.
During to our way we will find ruins of tower and at the end of the path we see the beautiful overgrown by trees scenery with small waterfalls and lakes. It is the gorge of Devil. The path to walk down to the lakes it is a little bit steep but it has ropes tied from trees to help your step.
When we reach to the lakes we can jump into them for swimming!
The locals have hang ropes from the tree branches to enjoy our splash!
What are you waiting for?!
At the end of our walk we can have a break for coffee or lunch to the village Trizina to find out with locals the truth about the myths for the Devil’s gorge.
HIKING 2 - VOLCANO OF METHANA
Starting Point: Surrounding of Methana
Distance: 2 km
Hot spots: Panoramic view of Saronic gulf, hiking through pinewoods & great lava formations, imposing geological fault.
The Methana peninsula contains some 32 volcanoes including the Methana volcano. The volcanic activity in the peninsula began one million years ago and continued gradually until 300 years ago. The last eruptions took place in 1700 at a submarine volcano north of Kameni Chora.
The ascent to the greatest volcanic crater Kameni Chora, the other two smaller craters are located northeast, is a unique experience that wake up the senses of the visitor as it offers breathtaking panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf.
Crossing one isolated village after 1 km the asphalt ends and from there begins the walking tour with an uphill dirt path.
The uphill dirt path meanders through pines and oaks and we can see great lava formations in reddish brown color. After 25 minutes we reach the top of the volcano at 760m altitude.
When we reach at the top of mount in front of us, to the point that writes Volcano, is an imposing geological fault with vertical walls of over 15 meters. A few meters away, is the main crater, on the peak of mount called ‘cone’ (425 meters), with a diameter of 100 meters and a depth of 40-50 m.
The way back is from the same path.
Methana has a lot of nice beaches for swimming & also at winter time because the waters that flow from springs & resulting to the sea are warm.
These waters are “carrying” numerous valuable trace minerals and minerals that offer unique properties for treating many ailments and overall rejuvenation of the body of any age.
Local tour guide
English or Russian speaking tour escort
Backpack (if needed)