From our friends in Skiathos, here are 2 great hiking trips.
Skiathos Route 1 : HARD LEVEL Distance: 14 km Estimated time: 5-5:30 h
Our route starts from the ring road of the town from the point that the asphalt ascends for the Prophet Elias. From that point begins an uphill path through olive groves and small streams.
We cross the biggest path of Skiathos which leads to Monastery of Evangelistria. The monastery is a remarkable monument of the Greek tradition and culture. It is worth noting the chancel of the sanctuary, the order of the Temple, the first hospital in 1821 and the infrastructure for the preparation of pure olive oil produced back then.
There are also the facilities for the preparation of the famous wine ” Alypiakou ‘.
Behind the monastery there is an easy and beautiful route that leads to Monastery of Saint Charalampos. From that point a beautiful uphill path begins under the shadow of holm-oaks which ends in Kampia .
We descend having NW orientation and cross the most shady forest of Skiathos. We pass by the old chapel of Douman and at the height of the threshing floor, we turn right and walk through the primeval castle garden where we meet the historic fountain of Chairimona .
We continue to the neat chapel of Saint Ioannis the Beheaded where we stop to quench the thirst from the wonderful spring water. The castle is no longer than 5 ‘ with excellent views towards Mount Athos depending on weather’s clarity.
There you will meet all the protagonists that emerge through the Papadiamantis’ stories and legends of them. In the historic beach of the castle we will quench our thirst and freshen up in the blue waters.
It is impossible to remain in the medieval castle town long enough without admiring those which have preserved and not go back even for a few minutes mentally at the time of the difficulties and everyday heroes.
The return to the town of Skiathos is almost in the same way with small skips if they are approved by all the walkers, just to see different locations .
Skiathos Route 2 : MEDIUM LEVEL Distance: 14 km Estimated time: 4-4:30 h
Our route starts from Megali Ammos and more specifically from bus stop n.5. After you ascend through fragrant pines and pass from the picturesque chapel of Saint Antonios it ends up in the asphalt of the slope. From there one of the most beautiful trails of the island begins with uphills and downhills in a woodland area with amazing views to Pilio.
The trail ends in the yard of the monastery of Kechria. There hikers freshen with the cool, clean water from the source and have the opportunity to study the remarkable wall-paintings of the Monastery.
Then we get into a little paradise which connects the Monastery with the graphical beach of Kechria. The path then moves into the homonymous stream of natural beauty with perennial planetrees, dense vegetation and running water. In our route we can see an old watermill and an equally old oil press .
What follows is the picturesque beach of Kechria where during summer there is a refreshment bar . There, after we freshen up in the crystal waters of Aegean we begin our return crossing the stream of Achilas.
The basic features of this route are the waters and the beautiful forest which leads to the region Leivadakia .
We continue through a dirt road for 1.5km , and we arrive in one of the few traditional cobbled roads preserved and where there is the fountain of Mammous. The end of the journey is not far since we only need 700m to reach our start point .
The article was provided by “Skiathos Mountain Bikes”. Feel free to contact the organizers through: +30 698 940 3985 , or through their contact data below.
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