Mount Geraneia, one of the most outstanding mountain ranges of Peloponesse, is embraced by three gulfs – the Saronian Gulf, the Corinthian Gulf and the Gulf of Alkyonides. Moreover, it’s gifted with two beautiful lakes, Vouliagmeni and Mavrolini. This picturesque mountain offers a wide range of activities outdoors; hiking, trekking, pick-nicks, cycling, mountaineering, motorcycling and even parachuting and paragliding.
Mount Geraneia is named after cranes: According to the thrilling ancient myth, a terrible cataclysm broke out in the era of Defkalionas and Megaros, Zeus’s son, struggled to survive by “swimming” towards the top of the mountain, guided by the cranes that were flying over him!
From Makriplagi, the highest peak of Geraneia – 1.369m long – the view is absolutely awesome! The mountain forms a 37 km long natural barrier between Central Greece and Peloponesse.
What’s more, Mount Geraneia is enlisted in Natura 2000, the European Net of regions under protection, thanks to its rich fauna and vegetation. There have been traced and recorded approximately 950 different species of plants (lush vegetation, fir & plane trees, oak and myrtle trees, pine trees) and wild animals (jackals, foxes, cranes, royal eagles, hares ).Spread around the hills, you may find lots of natural springs with crystal water, while, scattered among the pine forest, you can trace one of the numerous monasteries and churches (Agia Paraskevi, Osios Patapios, Agia Marina, Panagia Prathi, Agios Gerasimos).