Built on a steep slope at an altitude of 966 metres, Lagadia, in central Peloponnese’s Arcadia region, covers an area surrounding the Tripoli-Pyrgos highway. The village is split into two by this highway.
All of the village’s other roads and trails run uphill and downhill. Lagadia is heritage listed as a result of its numerous stone mansions, built by the village’s many skilled builders, renowned during the mid-19th century and believed to have worked all over the Peloponnese during this period, building houses, schools and other projects.
Lagadia’s sought-after builders generated wealth for the village, which flourished in the late-19th century, its population reaching 7,000. Following the early decades of the 20th century, the art of stonemasonry was gradually replaced by other building methods and the village’s economic growth began to contract. The local population shrunk as many locals ended up relocating to larger towns and cities in Greece or emigrating.
The village entrance features a monument paying tribute to the history and dexterity of its local builders/Photo: Amalia Kovaiou
The Ladon Reservoir, an artificial lake, is situated close to Lagadia, approximately 22 km away. It was created in 1956 as a result of the construction of a hydropower dam at the waters of the Ladon river. The dam is on the west side of the lake. The other side features the Kyra bridge, an arched bridge from the 13th century. This bridge is covered by the lake’s elevated water level in winter and, as a result, is only visible in summer.
Many guesthouses and hotels are available at Lagadia. Kentrikon (tel. +30 27950 43540, www.maniatismountainresort.gr), as declared by its name, is at the centre of the village, on the main road. It offers stylish, comfortable rooms with a view, including larger units ideal for families of four.
The Agnation guesthouse (tel. +30 27950 43671, www.agnantiostudios.gr) is situated by the main road and offers a superb view. Studios and suites with fireplaces are available here. Gileri eco & design Residences» (tel. +30 27950 43522, www.gileri.gr) is a complex offering a choice of three units that combine traditional architecture, modern, minimal décor and modern amenities.
The Maniatis restaurant (tel. +30 27950 43221), has long been renowned for its traditional cuisine and casserole recipes. Menu choices include pork with celery, rooster with hilopites pasta, cured meat with eggs, and, naturally, country-style pies, trahana pasta soup and homemade bread. The Artozinos taverna (tel. +30 27950 43636) is a great place to go to for charcoal-grilled quality meat. Casserole recipes are also offered here, including wild boar stew. The spot also does roast goat. Tsiahtai (tel. +30 6932 331856) is a modern koutouki (small traditional taverna) serving steak, stuffed pork tenderloin, as well as assorted meze dishes.
For good coffee combined with a view, head to In Café (+30 27950 43274). Besides coffee, Platanos (+30 6945 877783) also serves cocktails and waffles. Aroma (+30 27950 43671) offers rakomelo (raki and honey), pies, omelettes and various meze dishes.
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