Pounta – Chrysostomos – 3.5 hours

Historically made as a way to connect the western part of the island with its capital, this trail is one of the island’s most beautiful. The path’s starting point can be found at the chapel of Agios Dimitrios (indicated by a large sign) along the road from Evdilo towards Magganitis.

Here, we head east, as we traverse the rocky mountainside. After a while, we reach the slope of Pounta, where there is a spring with drinkable water. Continuing in the same direction, the old dirt road morphs into a narrow path, and after a few minutes, we arrive at the “cut” of Pountas, the highest and most beautiful point on the island, offering impressive views across the sea. From here, the route continues along a well maintained path, which leads to a fork after fifteen minutes. The path on the right leads to the village of Plagia. We take the path on the left towards Chrysostomos. After passing the remnants of a deserted village, the stone-paved path gradually descends until reaching the village of Vardarades. It’s a small village full of gardens and with few residents. Here we can drink from a fountain before leaving the village and its main road. Turning left, we continue along the old path. At the small stream, we cross a makeshift stone bridge and arrive just above the hamlet of Tsapataton, where the path becomes a dirt road that continues for 1.5klm., before ending at the paved road, just outside of the village of Chrysostomos.


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