Tolo – Drepanon – Kandia – Iria – Monastery of ‘Egg’-Τolo

Tolo – Drepanon – Kandia – Iria – Monastery of ‘Egg’-Τolo

Starting  point: Tolo

Distance : 60 km

Level: Advanced  bike bike bike

Main sights: Sea fishes villages, ride across the beach, ancient Monastery, gorgeous view in attitude 300m.

The route starts from Tolo, it follows the main road to Drepanon and than continue with the direction to Vivari, which is a picturesque fishing village.

On our right side while we cross Vivari village we can see  it’s beautiful lake. Continue on, we take the coastal road to Cadia which is about 2 km an uphill asphalt road. While we are riding, on the right side, we have beautiful view to the sea. Now the road start to downhill until the next fish village we will  meet, which is called Kadia. After approximately 6 km in a straight surfaced road, we pass the Iria’s fields with it’s artichokes.

Every year at the first days of May it is held the festival of the artichoke in Iria village.They honor the product with its special taste & its special  nutritional value.
During to this festival profesσionals show their ability & their experience to the gastronomic delight of this special & tasty product such as the Iria’s artichoke.
Also, during the festival various events are held.

Then the road starts to uphill slowly until the next last villages we meet, called Karnazeika, & Ano Karnazeika. After that we meet the only one  junction which has an archeological sign for the Monastery of  ‘Egg’. We turn right and we cycle about 6 km in a dirty road which goes downhill and uphill  with lots of sharp turns, and passing through the pine trees, you finally reach the monastery.

The Monastery egg is wedged on northern slopes of Mount Egg, in the southeast of the county.

Beyond the stories survived and mutated over the course of centuries, there is no citation for the year of its establishment. Only the walls and especially the construction of the cross of the universal with bricks, we can conclude that probably a building of the 11th or 12th century.
The main building of the monastery dug into the rocks, consists of a ground floor and two other floors. The floors are connected by a narrow stone staircase. On the second floor is the church of the monastery, consisting of the two natures temple, which is dedicated to Saint Demetrius Myrovlytis and Agios Theodoros. Unfortunately the interior of the church of St. Demetrius was destroyed by fire.

The cave-like building of the monastery seems according to sources hosted in 1700, 16 monks and 16 servants, and possessed 127 horses, 3000 sheep, 800 goats, etc. An important was the role of the monastery and during the siege, where fought the abbot of the monastery. (Generally, from the scattered ruins in the area around the monastery, but also by the architecture highlights the fortified character.) In 1834 destroyed taking with them many of the hitherto secret life of the monastery.

The view from the Monastery is unique. You can see the  gorge of  Radou River, the pinewoods & the view of the Argolis gulf.

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