Valtesiniko is a small village located at an altitude of 1236m, is 240km far from Athens, just three hours drive. Valtesiniko is the most mountainous and most picturesque village with a population of about 250 residents, adequate number when you consider the devastation most rural villages have suffered.
Picturesque houses of stone and wood impress with their architecture and their harmonious integration into the natural landscape. The style and philosophy of the famous craftsmen from Lagadia village has defined the architectural character of the village.
Today the inhabitants engaged in farming, agriculture, beekeeping and tourism. In Valtesiniko village is produced the high quality honey of the variety ‘Vanilla Mainalo “, the only honey with “protected origin” designation of in Greece. This delicious honey with white iridescence begins to Harvest in mid-June.
Since June 2006 is operating the Valtesiniko Folklore museum with many exhibits. The museum is housed in the stone building of the Cultural Centre of Valtesiniko, bequest of Sofianopoulou brothers who left their entire estate to the village.
Ancestral heritage boon, consider the villagers, Historic Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the dependency of the Monastery of St. Nicholas. In the village there are many churches the most important of which is the Saint Theodore and Saint George.
Traditional Threshing (August 16)
In this local festival takes place throughout the village and many visitors that come about it. Becomes lively revival of the old way of threshing with horses, in a paved threshing floor situated close to the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, alongside musical performances, dancing and feasting. Children and whoever else wants, can participate in threshing, lifting the threshing cobs with fork while the horses make their circle around the threshing floor. Especially for the children of the city, this activity is a source of great joy and enthusiasm, as it gives them the opportunity to actively participate in an authentic traditional activity in close contact with the horses, images and smells of nature.
The revival of traditional threshing remind older images from the recent past, before the animals are replaced by the harvesters. Although the effort fell through the use of machines, they still miss the atmosphere of euphoria and joy that prevailed since even pillaged with horses. The young people learn something about their place, the oldest rural life, the tradition, the heady tying land animals and man.
All seasons are beautiful in Valtesiniko
During the winter, the snow covers the roofs and dresses everything in white. The chimneys smoke and friends are chatting lively in cafes and taverns. Fireplaces burn almost around the clock.
Spring is here in April. Lovers of wildflowers, in April and May, going in the surrounding hills will discover many beautiful surprises. The nature wakes up slowly and beauty is intoxicating.
May and June, life thrives. Shrubs and trees flying stems, branches, leaves and flowers. Bees and other flying insects buzzing, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, make their appearance in front of the careful observation of nature. In June the number and variety of butterflies are impressive.
In cliffs, opposite St. Nicholas monastery, the birdwatchers will enjoy Vrachokerkineza to commute to their nests. In the village or a few steps away can meet with a red-backed shrike, a Magpie, a Kalogeros or Galazopapaditsa a Goldfinch, plenty of swallows. At night you hear the owl or Gkioni, or even the rarest crows.
Go with your children to the creek “Pori” just outside Valtesiniko on the way to Migdalia village, to gaze at the crabs, tadpoles and frogs, the limpeloules, the water spiders and water beetles near the watermill Pavlopoulos. Let them play with the water and convey your enthusiasm for their findings.
Autumn deciduous trees, such as walnut, gradually shed their leaves, giving the landscape beautiful colorful accents in shades of brown, orange, red and yellow.
The sub floor turns again green by the rains which accepts with so much gratitude the thirsty ground after the heat of August. So when the autumn progressed, the sad beauty of naked trees compensates the resplendent green carpet.
Of course firs, like scattered junipers never lose their leaves and observe proudly the alternations of seasons, waiting the spring to fly new leaves and branches….