island Andros

Trekking on Andros

Duration about 2 hours
Apikia (photo1) is situated at an altitude of 350 metres and at a distance of only 2 kilometres from the sea. It is an aristocratic village, which has known tourism from very old times, due to its curative water. The renowned spring of the island, Sariza, is found in the centre of the village. Two kilometres from Apikia, in the grounds of the church of Agia Irini, is found another, less well known spring, with water which rivals that of Sariza. The ravine of Pithara is found about ten minutes' walk from the village.

The paved path which leads from the village to Stenies and the sea is smooth and easily followed. The way is really magical through a beautiful, natural valley which has plenty of water and which offers all kinds of surprises. You should visit Stenies, the village of captains in Andros, with its well maintained houses, the tiled streets and the communal laundry of Pentavrisi , which is used to this day. Walk over the stone bridge of Leontos and visit the fortified tower-house of the sovereign Bistis - Mouvelas which was built in the 17th century. You can also visit the Fabrika, a pioneering pasta factory that could process 36 tons of wheat in a 24-hour period, and produce a corresponding quantity of pasta. From1864 until 1923 the fabrika functioned exclusively with water power, thanks to the large vertical watermill of the Balkans. In 1923, and after a long period of drought, a steam engine was added, which functioned at the same time with the watermill. It closed in 1936 and in 1943 it was destroyed by fire. Finally, you can be refreshed with a relaxing swim at one of the beaches at Yialia.

Duration about 4 hours.
This walk is a part of the road from Hora to Korthi on the pathway which is called "stone steps" by the local people and which until 1950 was the only road which connected the two areas. Our walk begins in the village of Syneti. On the left of the current asphalt road from Hora to Korthi, roughly 800 metres after Syneti, you will meet the path number 3 which descends to the Djpotamata gorge. It is all paved and is in very good condition. Quickly, you will reach a small river which runs through the gorge and to a stone bridge which leads you to the opposite side. You find yourself in the heart of Dipotamata in the gorge which begins in Exo Vouni and leads to the bay of Syneti. Along the length of the gorge thirty seven watermills are found. Up until the 1930's these mills ground barley, the staple diet of the people of Andros. Today, they still stand thanks to their robust stone structures. After the bridge the stone steps start to ascend. The pathway branches to the right, leading to Exo Vouni, where one of the watermills has recently been restored and which works normally. Continuing upwards, you will soon leave Dipotamata. On the left you will see Pano Kastro. If you wish to visit this, follow the dirt road until you reach the steps that will lead you to it. The Pano Kastro today is a place of enormous mystery and nostalgia. Continuing on the same pathway you will shortly find yourself in Kochilou. The footpath crosses the village and in order not to get confused with the streets of the village, you should follow the signs for the footpath. Coming out from Kochilou, the path descends and will lead you gently to Ormos Korthiou, where you should arrive after about half an hour.

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