Are you interested in guided walks led by Frank, Kythira’s walking specialist? If so, please join the group. Frank has developed a unique and varied walking program, with a selection of three of his favourite walks. Each walk covers a different part of the island. By following this program, you will visit Kythira’s top three highlights:
Paleochora – the former capital, conquered by Barbarossa
Mylopotamos – a village famous for its waterfalls and watermills
Chora – the capital with its impressive Venetian castle and medieval churches
It’s your holiday, so it is up to you which walk(s) you want to do.
The walks are suitable for sporty and experienced walkers in good physical condition. During these guided walks, Frank will explain in English and in Dutch about flora and fauna, history, culture and daily island life. After – or during – every walk, you will have an open-air picnic or lunch in a local tavern, which is included in the price!
Dates: on a weekly basis in April, May, September and October:
Wednesday: Potamos – Melitianika – Trifyllianika – gorge – Paleochora – Potamos
Duration: 6 hours
Point of departure and arrival: the kiosk in the Potamos village square
You cannot wish for a better initial meeting with Kythira’s troubled history, in combination with its rough and overwhelming nature.
From Potamos, the route heads to Melitianika and Trifyllianika – in both villages you will have exclusive access to the churches. In Trifyllianika ycontinue the impressive walk through an exciting gorge reaching the spot where Paleochora looms up, high above you, on top of the rocks. After a strenuous climb, you reach Paleochora, the former capital and, since 1537, a cursed and desolate place. Of course, Frank will explain all the ins and outs. You will have plenty of time to enjoy wonderful Paleochora and its surroundings.
Along another track, a very old goat path, you will walk back to Potamos where you will have lunch on the village square.
Friday: Mylopotamos – waterfall – watery gorge with watermill ruins – Piso Pigadi – Kato Chora – Mylopotamos
Duration: 6 hours
Point of departure and arrival: Mylopotamos village square – kafeneion Platanos
The most beautiful part of central Kythira is Mylopotamos and its surroundings. Mylopotamos literally means mill along the river. A stream starts in the village that finally ends on the west coast, at Kalami Bay. Along this stream, you will see 23 impressive watermill ruins.
From the village square, you walk to Fonissa waterfall and continue following the stream. You visit a restored water mill where the owner Filippas will explain to us its history and function. You will be fascinated by the beauty of this watery and shady area. Every now and then you have to cross the stream and I don’t guarantee that your shoes will remain dry…
After having climbed up out of the gorge, you head towards Kato Chora, a Byzantine settlement, built on top of rocks. Here, you will step back in time and see many ruins and churches. Your head filled with impressive images, you walk back to Mylopotamos.
Depending on the season, you will have a stylish picnic in Kato Chora or lunch will be served after the walk on Mylopotamos village square.
Saturday: Chora – Medieval Mesa Vourgo – the Venetian Castle – Cape Trachilos – Kapsali – Chora
Duration: 6 hours
Point of departure and arrival: Chora’s car park
Chora, the island’s capital, cannot be omitted from Frank’s favourite walks. After a stroll through the narrow alleys and the numerous churches of medieval Chora (Mesa Vourgo), you visit the Venetian Castle. Then you walk to Trachilos, Kythira’s South Cape from where you will enjoy the stunning views.
Back in Chora, you walk along the mighty Kastro towards Kapsali, along the coast. In Kapsali, Frank will explain to you the history of some buildings from the English period. Sitting at the idyllic bay, you will enjoy a tasty lunch. Of course, there will be time for a swim, but then you have to go back to Chora …..
Price per guided walk: € 25,00 per person
• Professional guidance by Frank (Dutch and English spoken).
• Prices are per person, lunch included (apart from water, you pay for your own drinks)
• Minimum number of walkers 4, maximum 10. When there are insufficient participants, Pyrgos House will inform you about cancellation two weeks before the starting date.
• You drive on your own to the point of departure. Every walk ends at the departure point, where you have parked your car. If you don’t have a car, Frank will arrange transport. Please inquire at the time of booking.