Hiking in Geraneia Mountain

Mount Geraneia is a mountain range in Corinthia and West Attica, Greece. Its highest point is the peak Makryplagi, elevation 1,351 m. It covers the northern part of the isthmus between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. It spans 5–10 km from north to south and 30 km from east to west.

The geography of Geraneia includes forests in the south, the west and the northern part at an elevation of under 900 to 1,000 m. Barren land is in the central part. The grasslands and some bushes lies to the northwest. Farmlands and some barren land lies to the south.

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View from the top of Geraneia

The name of the mountain dates back to ancient times. During the Peloponnesian War, the Corinthians and their allies occupied the heights of Geraneia and marched to Megara with a large force.

We have been on this mountain peak several other times, but it is always nice to return due to the easy approach and great terrain for trail running.


See previous ascents on Geraneia mountain here:


Pissia Village Pintiza Peak

Our starting point was the small mountainous village, Pissia. We parked the car in the central square of the village and we followed the road towards the “Platanos” tavern. Just before “Platanos”, there is a sign from where the path initiates. The path is well signed (Black with Yellow). The first part of the path is within the trees. It is quite steep and requires a well trained body.

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Water feature at the beginning of the trail
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Trail signs

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Beautiful path within the forest
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Trail Signs
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More Trail Signs

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About Pissia Village

Pisia is a village and a community in northeastern Corinthia, Greece. Part of the municipality Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi, it is situated south of the Alkyonides Gulf. The community consists of the villages Pisia, Agia Sotira, Vamvakes, Mavrolimni and Schinos.

Until the early 1970s there were only olive plantations but during the 1990s there was rapid development and many visitors came to the area. Helping make this possible was the then newly laid asphalt road. It is now a popular weekend destination for the citizens of Athens. There are two beaches, one sandy with tavernas on the shore and one pebbly with little or no shops nearby. It is still relatively undeveloped and retains a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Many Athenians bought land years ago and built weekend retreats for themselves and their families to escape Athens in the hot summer.

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Geraneia Mountains are surrounded by the Saronic Gulf, the Corinthian Gulf and the Alkyonis Gulf. It is covered with pine trees whereas the higher zone is covered by Greek firs. The shrubby vegetation is rich and 950 species and subspecies of plants have been recorded, many of them are rare or endemic to Greece or Attica, like the endangered local endemic Centaurea attica ssp. megarensis, the population of which is small and scattered. The area is part of the European Network of Protected Areas (Natura 2000).


Pintiza Peak

This summit, at 1032m i a not all that impressive summit but its steep south face directly above the sea offers great hiking. There are 3 trailheads to reach the peak, two start at around 550m of elevation whilst one starts at 730m.
The trailheads are:
  • Patapiou Monastery to Pintiza (3.2km and 540m vertical)
  • Pisia to Pintiza (2.8km and 450m vertical)
  • Trailhead 3 to Pintiza (3.6km and 350m vertical)
The peak is rugged throughout both faces and plateaus at around 850m to a flat top and hill like peaks.
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View from Pintiza Peak
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View from Pintiza Peak
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View from Pintiza Peak

See previous ascents on Geraneia mountain here:

 

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