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Hiking to the historical Sterna

Get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of Paleros and the Ionian lying in front of you

Embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure from Ancient Paleros to the enchanting Sterna, a place steeped in history and overlooking a panorama that takes your breath away.

Starting at the Ancient Paleros, the trail winds its way up towards Sterna, a site where time seems to stand still. Nestled atop the long and narrow Sterna Peak lie the ruins of the magnificent castle, an archaeological gem perched above the old village of Plagia.

As you ascend to the peak—the highest point of the peninsula at 507 meters—a sense of awe envelops you. Here, history whispers tales of a fortress built in the 5th century BC, an ancient sentinel gazing over the landscape. Some believe it was a bastion of ancient Palairos, a strategic post overseeing the expanse toward Lefkada, Echinades, and the Epirus coast, guarding the entrance to the Amvrakikos gulf.

The name “Sterna” resonates with the presence of an ancient reservoir, a cistern that still echoes the tales of times gone by. From this vantage point, the vista unfurls like a canvas painting. The view is a marvel—a mosaic of landscapes unfolds before your eyes. Lefkada’s beauty, Paleros’ charm, Plagia’s allure, Preveza’s coastal grace, and even the distant Koronisia are unveiled in a breathtaking panorama.

Gaze across the shimmering waters to behold the gems of the Little Ionian, where islands like Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Kefalonia, and the legendary Scorpios create a picturesque tapestry against the azure horizon.

The hike to Sterna isn’t just a physical journey; it’s an exploration of ancient vestiges and an ascent to unparalleled vistas—a rewarding odyssey through time and nature’s grandeur.

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