Welcome to Arkadia
Almost encircled by mountain ranges, Arkadia was remote enough in ancient times to remain largely untouched by the battles and intrigues of the rest of Greece, and was the only region of the Peloponnese not conquered by the Dorians. The region is dotted with crumbling medieval villages, remote monasteries and Frankish castles, and is popular among fresh-air fiends.
The heart of Arkadia (to the west of the regional capital, Tripoli) comprises a tangle of precipitous ravines and narrow roads that wind their way through the medieval-village-speckled valleys of the Menalon Mountains. Think breathtaking mountainous scenery, along with some excellent hiking opportunities (and skiing in winter).