THE FOLOI FOREST
Moving east, towards Olympia, you will meet the river Alfios, from where you will continue the course towards Lala and the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi), on Mt. Erymanthos. The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for the myths and legends that are connected with it in local legend. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus –son of Silenos and the nymph Melia- the kind and virtuous Centaur that gave shelter to Hercules, when he was hunting the Erymanthian Bore. It is considered the oldest European self-planted beech and oak forest and the biggest of the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Foloi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.