Riechia Folklore Museum

The Riechia Folklore Museum was established in 1985 thanks to the efforts of local resident Giorgos C. Belesis.

Exhibits focus on the culture and history of the surrounding Zarakas region and include agricultural tools, handcrafts, costumes, photographs of social life in times gone by and from the lives of emigrants, along with publications from the period between the two World Wars.

The museum now belongs to the Municipality of Monemvasia and is housed in a two-storey stone building that is a typical example of the architecture of Zarakas.

Riechia is 23 kilometres from Molai and 33 kilometres frim Monemvasia.  The museum is opposite the primary school. Parking space is available, and there is a bus service from Molai.


Open all year by appointment with the supervisor, Ms. Panagiota Lagi. Tel: (+30) 6973072475, (+30) 2732051121

Free entrance

Zarakas mountain villages – Riechia

Nestled among the rugged slopes of Mt. Parnon, the mountain villages of Zarakas have retained their simplicity and their traditional architecture due to the difficulty of access to the region until almost the end of the past century.

Thousands of sheep and goats graze freely over the the mountain slopes, filling the air with the melody of their bells.

Riechia, the main village, has a folklore museum with exhibits from Zarakas’ history. The village marks the start of the Balogairi gorge, a must for hikers. Within the mountains, is hard to believe that the lovely beach of Vlychada, unknown to the masses, is so close.

Harakas is a small settlement whose buildings are in the traditional architectural style. On the road to Kyparissi is the Stavros gorge, with its unique views and hiking trail that ends at the isolated beach of Piliza. On a small plateau north of Harakas is the church of Aghios Ioannis Theologos.

At Lambokambos, in the settlement of Pistamata are the Doukas organic vineyards and winery, open to visitors.