Travel guide


General info

Welcome to Dimitsana...

Dimitsana, the capital of the province “Gortinia” is located in the northwestern part of the Arcadia Prefecture and it spreads amphitheatrically above the gorge of the River “Lousios”. The Arcadian village, built on the Western outskirts of the Mountain “Mainalo”, at an altitude of 960-1080 m is bordered by the plain of Megalopolis and the eloquent mountain of “Taugetos”. It lies just 50 km from Tripoli and about 210 km from Athens, and is the seat of the municipality of Gortynia.


In the past…

The first reference to Dimitsana was made in 174 AD, when the ancient traveller Pausanias speaks in his “Arkadika” about the beautiful city “Tefthi”. The ancient city participated in the Trojan war, led by Teythi or Ornitos, who was punished – according to the Myth - by goddess Athena with an incurable illness, because of his aggressive behaviour. The descent of the Slavs between the 7th and 9th century, influenced the entire Peloponnese. It is said that Dimitsana got its current name, most likely from the Slavs. From the 16th century onwards, the area was very popular in the field of literature and arts, but also in commerce and crafts. During the revolution of 1821, Dimitsana was an important supply centre for the entire Peloponnese to gunpowder, while after the liberation and the establishment of the Greek State, it consolidated its position as a main financial and commercial centre.



The natural beauty of Dimitsana in combination with the traditional architecture (with stone built houses and cobblestone pavements), convert this place to one of the most popular destinations for holidays. Visitors have the chance to visit various attractions such as museums and monasteries but also the beautiful Lousios Gorge. Local dishes, such as the Rooster with noodles, rabbit, goat, roasts, traditional pasta and sweet, herbs and spices are some of the characteristics of the cuisine of modern Dimitsana and can offer to the visitor new taste experiences.


Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:


  • the gorge of "Lousios", with the spectacular vegetation and the old bridges

  • the old and the new Monastery “Philosophou”, which are located on the right side of the Lousios river

  • the monastery of “Timiou Prodromou”, 14 km south of Dimitsana. This monastery was built on a rock at an altitude of 500 metres

  • the monastery “Kalamiou” composed of the old and the new Monaster 

  • the “Askitiria”, 25 small caves which served as religious hideouts

  • the public library of Dimitsana, setting out rare objects and manuscripts of the 14th century

  • The open-air museum of Water Power (located 2 km east of modern Dimitsana, unique in the Balkans)

How to go

By Car:

Dimitsana is from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, drive on the highway Athens-Corinth for about 80 km (approx. 40-50 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, follow the highway towards Tripoli (attention should be given to road signs so as not to miss the exit - approximately 60 km, 30 min.). Next, by following the road signs, take the exit “Vitina-Archaia Olympia” and continue your journey on the E55 Highway (Pirgos-Tripoli) for about 50 km. Finally follow the road signs that will lead you to Dimitsana.


Total travel time : 140-160 minutes

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Dimitsana. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).


For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5132834, 5134575

KTEL Busses (StationTripolis) : ☎  (+30) 2710 222560


By Train:

OSE Train Station (Tripolis) : ☎  (+ 30) 2710 - 241213, 222402

OSE Train Station Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5240646


For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites: and

Useful telephones

Police station Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31205

Taxi Station Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31114

Health Center Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31401-2

Pharmacies Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31233

Post Office Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31234

National Bank Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 – 31210, 31503

Agrotiki Bank Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 – 31222, 31572

KEP (Citizen Service Center) Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31219

Municipality Offices Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31237

Fire Department Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 199

Water Power Museum Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31630

Public Library Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31219

Church Museum Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31468

Folklore Museum "Panagias" : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 31753

Monastery “Philosophou” Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 81447

Monastery “Timiou Prodromou” Dimitsana : ☎  (+ 30) 27950 81444


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