Stavros Agiasmati - Panagia tou Araka E4 Long Distance Trail
This route is a nature trail in its entirety and has functioned as such since 1995. On leaving the Church of Stavros Agiasmati, the trail ascends for a while through forested area. It then goes past deserted vineyards and re-enters the forest, reaching the village of Lagoudera. Descending through the village of Lagoudera (altitude 1.000 meters), it follows existing roads to reach the Church of Panagia tou Araka. The forest vegetation throughout the route consists of Calabrian pine, the endemic golden oak, and other shrubs such as the eastern strawberry tree. The rock formations are exclusively diabase. The region of Madari, a proposed nature conservation area (NATURA 2000), can be admired from the highest point of the route. As a result of rural depopulation only about 200 people live in Lagoudera. Those who have remained are mainly employed in agriculture. The Madari region produces fine grapes, wine, zivania, walnuts, hazelnuts, apples, figs and almonds. The13th century Church of Panagia tou Araka, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has beautiful frescoes and is well worth a visit.