Platanos, a picturesque village near Paralio Astros

Small waterfall at the entrance of the village
Ιn a lush ravine on 440 metres altitude, you will find hidden the picturesque village of Platanos. Located 25 km away from Paralio Astros on the road to Agiannis, Platanos has been declared a traditional settlement and the visitors realise very soon why!
The first written historical record of Platanos appears in 1467 and according to other reports, the residents are descendants of ancient Aegina.
The walks in the village streets will surprise you pleasantly as you will see stone houses, the old mill and the old stone fountain. You will also find the Tower of Mira, a special tower with angular shape, which was built for defensive purposes. At the entrance of the village there are running waters that form a waterfall and gives a feeling of freshness to the visitor, especially in summer. 
In the centre of the village there is the church of St. Anne and two post-Byzantine churches of St. George and St. Theodore with frescoes.
The springs, the waterfalls and the lush vegetation of the village make it really special. There is a great variety of trees such as chestnuts, cherry trees, walnut trees, vines trees and other. Southeast of the village there is the gorge of Spilakia, with the cave of Christ where the residents found refuge against the army of Ibrahem.
During the summer the village attracts many visitors and ​​many events and festivals are organised such as the celebration of cherry and chestnut later in October. In August there are the celebrations of the Waters, the Moon and Love with various events that have been established.
The locals are very hospitable and always willing to help and show the visitors around. It is a lovely place where you can start your explorations on the tracks of Parnona. Also in the few taverns you can taste traditional delicacies or enjoy your coffee and home-made sweets in the cafe or at the guesthouse of the village.


Monastery of Paleopanagia

The entrance to the monastery
On the winding street from Astros to Agiannis, 11 km from Paralio Astros you can find nestled in the canyon stream the monastery of Palaiopanagia, dedicated to Virgin Mary.

The first recording of this monastery takes place in 1612 while others mention that it was built in 1310. It had been abandoned before the years of the Greek revolution, from 1770 to 1778 but in 1799 the abbot Nikodimos takes over its reconstruction. The monastery maintains its initial style with a few contemporary interfences. The church was built fundamentally in 1814 under the observation of the abbot Nikodimos.

The monastery has been renovated and it still maintains its old appeal. Today it is a female monastery and it is worth visiting.


Μονή Παλαιοπαναγιάς

Η είσοδος της Ιεράς Μονής
Στις πρώτες στροφές του δρόμου Άστρους - Αγιάννη - Παναγίας Μαλεβής - Αγ. Πέτρου, 11 χλμ περίπου από το Παράλιο Άστρος, βρίσκεται φωλιασμένο στο ρέμα το μοναστήρι της Παλαιοπαναγιάς, αφιερωμένο στην Παναγία (στην Αγία Ελεούσα).  
Η πρώτη ιστορική μνεία της μονής γίνεται το 1612 ενώ άλλοι αναφέρουν ότι χτίστηκε το 1310. Το μοναστήρι είχε εγκαταλειφθεί πριν την επανάσταση, μεταξύ 1770-1778 και από το 1799 ο ηγούμενος Νικόδημος αναλαμβάνει την ανακαίνιση του. Η μονή διατηρεί τον αρχικό της χαρακτήρα με λίγες σύγχρονες επεμβάσεις. Το καθολικό είναι σταυρεπίστεγος τετρακιόνιος που έχει κτιστεί εκ θεμελίων το 1814 με την επίβλεψη του Νικόδημου, ο οποίος το 1825 προσθέτει Νάρθηκα. 
Η μονή έχει ανακαινισθεί τα τελευταία χρόνια και προσελκύει πιστούς και φυσιολάτρες λόγω του εξαιρετικού τοπίου και της γαλήνης που βρίσκει ο επισκέπτης. 
Το μοναστήρι διατηρεί σε κοντινή απόσταση μετόχι. Η μονή σήμερα είναι γυναικεία.
Ο ιερός ναός

Η μονή γιορτάζει στις 15 Αυγούστου και την παραμονή τελείται πανηγυρικός εσπερινός.