Pigadia

Pigadia is a mountainous settlement in western Mani, at an altitude of 927 meters. The foundation of the village dates back to the years of Ottoman rule, when chased population by Epirus from Pente Pigadia of Ioannina was installed in the area.

The dried river Santova begins from Pigadia forming the unique beautiful gorge of Rintomos before arriving at a pebbled beach near Kitries. The famous double stone bridge of Pigadia still stands there as well as many of the old paths connecting those villages, facilitating access to hikers who cross the gorge. There are important prehistoric relics of the late Neolithic period (3000 BC – 2500 BC) in the inaccessible caves in Pigadia.

Archeologists have found in Kokkinochoma, part of a human lower jaw with two teeth, mammal bones, stone ax and several fragments of clay vessels of various sizes, while fragments of ceramic figurines and household utensils were found in Drakospilia or Neraidospilia, the cave with many stalactites, in the region Skouteri.

The village Pigadia celebrates on first Sunday of September, in honor of the church of Holy Archangels.

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