Walking around Amorgos
The circular walk - Egiali -Tholaria - Lagada - Stroumpos - Egiali
No4 walk. The area around Egiali is very pleasant walking country that is well marked out. The No4 walk starts at the far end of the town beach heading inland. Soon after crossing the road you pass a small church where the ancient path starts to climb towards Tholaria. Cobbled for most of the way it is a slightly vigourous 40 minute journey with continuous views back to Egiali. It is worth taking a stroll around the village which contains an interesting church along with a couple of tavernas providing mid-hike refreshment. Continuing from the lower part of Tholaria the route takes you around the base of the hill towards the east coast & the chapel of Taxiarhis which has a Corinthian column as the alter. From here the path skirts around the back of another hill to yet another church with a pleasant tree covered courtyard. A very pretty ravine follows before you start the climb back up the staircase for Lagada passing the old settlement of Stroumpos. After approximately 4 hours it is a welcome descent from here back into Egiali.
North Coast walk - Egiali - Agios Mammas - Lagada - Nikouria
No1 walk. Another walk signposted is route No1 which starts from the back alleys of Egiali and heads steeply up hill to Potamos. The village church will most likely be your first breather and justifies your initial effort with a panoramic view of the harbour. Winding up whitewashed streets in this almost entirely residential area leads you past a taverna and onto the ancient stone path. With plenty of shade you slowly climb the mountainside contemplating how many donkey journeys have been conducted over the last couple of hundred years. After about an hour you can no longer see your starting point and reach a valley with a water well and some fig trees. A further 20 minutes affords another break at the church of Agios Mammas with some great photo opportunities of the islet of Nikouria. You now head inland looking down impressive valleys back to the north coast. Ancient settlements form a number of junctions so keep left until you can see the Agios Georgios church with the south coast now on your left. The route will eventually take you to both Hozeviotissa & Hora but another 2.5 hours was beyond us in the mid-afternoon sun so we took the road un-necessarily scarring the mountain down to the north coast for welcome beers at Nikouria.No comments yet. Scroll