The tiny village of Karini, surrounded by centuries-old plane trees, is our start and end point for this hike. We’ll pass by an old olive press to reach a valley with a river, shady trees and clean ponds, crossing shepherd paths to reach the little village of Asomatos, set at the foothills of Mount Olympos. The little village shop might be open, offering a chance for refreshments.
Next on our route through the woods is Agiassos, considered the island’s most charming traditional mountain village with red-rooved houses and cobblestone streets. Check out the village shops and especially the traditional ceramics shops. Buy some local herbs and mountain tea, along with high-grade olive oil, quality honey, village cheese and other old-world goodies. Take a lunch break to sample the local ‘meze’, tapa-like dishes that will awaken the palate, downed with house wine or ouzo. A visit to the notable church of the Virgin, renowned for its icon known to delivers miracles, is a must. We’ll leisurely make our way back to Karini, taking paths that were used by religious pilgrims.