Discover Kythera on the trails

Kythera is a mountainous island that offers some beautiful walks. Between all these mountains, valleys and mountainsides there is a whole network of tracks and trails. In the past, when there were no automobiles and people were working in the field, trails were used to cut distances and time. Those trails still exist today, some of which are well hidden underneath Kythera’s vegetation. We will show you some paths that are in good condition and that hikers often take.
Since 2000 the local authorities and players in the tourism industry have been trying to highlight those paths.  True enough, Kythera attracts visitors who like nature and choose the Island of Venus because of its unadulterated and lush environment, and hiking along the trails is among the choice activities of those visitors during their stay.  So let's go for a walk down the path...

Important note!

The trails of Kythera are not officially recognized: signs are not posted at regular intervals and may hide various dangers. Please take the necessary precautions to avoid any perilous situations. It would be wise to take a first-aid kit with you. The reptiles are not dangerous.

Things you need to bring with you: 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Long trousers to avoid bush scratches
  • Sun hat
  • Flask of water
  • Bathing suit
  • A little something to eat
  • Multi-purpose knife (like a Swiss Army knife)
  • Flashlight
     

The Moudari lighthouse

Duration of hike: 3h
Level of difficulty: Easy
Departure point: Plateia Ammos

Head south on the left-hand side of the stream. Once you pass the bridge, as the road starts to climb, make a right immediately after the sign indicating the path to the lighthouse.  Before reaching the lighthouse turn left towards the west and walk down to the beach of Agios Nikolaos.  A small swim and you will have regained your strength to walk up to the lighthouse.  From up there the view is breathtaking, as if you were being hugged by the Gulf of Laconia. Facing you is the small island of Elaphonissos.  On your way back as you follow the stream upwards you will come to the village of Vaguianika and even further upwards is the spring of Amir Ali.  Be careful when crossing the small brook as the stones are slippery.

The lake of Kakia Lagkada

Duration of hike: 1h
Level of difficulty: Easy
Departure point: The port of Agia Pelagia

Head east following the coastal road. Go past the beach of Firi Ammos (Agia Pelagia) with its red shingles. You will eventually arrive at the small chapel of Agios Nikolaos right before the beaches of Lorentzo and Kalamitsi. Keep going and you will come to the beach of Limni (lake). This is the mouth of the gorge of Kakia Lagkada that forms a lake before it flows into the sea, under the beach.

The bay of Agia Patrikia

Duration of hike: 1h
Level of difficulty: Easy
Departure point: The port of Agia Pelagia

Take the road towards Karavas. Once you pass the last houses there is a concrete road followed by a trail.  You will find the small church of Agios Georgios on a height.  From there you can see the bay of Agia Patrikia.  At the top of the small hill are the remains of a Byzantine dwelling.

Potamos - Palaiohora

Duration of hike: 1h 50 min
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The central square of Potamos

Head towards the hospital and once there follow the direction of Trifillianika as indicated by the sign.  On the village square where the church is located there is a sign pointing to a path that leads to Palaiochora.  Go past the village cemetery.  On your left-hand side you will see a path sloping downwards.  Follow that path until you arrive at the stream in the gorge.  Cross it diagonally and once on the other side go all the way up to Palaiochora, the small Byzantine citadel.  The view overlooking the gorge is beautiful.

Ocheles

Duration of hike: 2h
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The central square of Potamos

Head towards Karavas.  As you exit the village take a left on the concrete road and follow the direction of Agia Marina (see sign).  At the end of this road, near Stavli, you will come across a trail that will lead you to a small glen.  Keep going until you find the small chapel of Agia Marina.  From there the path becomes much more rugged with several slopes and an access with several difficult passages to the beach of Lygia, or the beaches of Plaka and Diporos a little more to the south.  The place is called Ocheles, where you will find ten watermills in ruins. Treat yourself to a nice swim for having made it so far, you deserved it!


The Water Mills of Mylopotamos

Duration of hike: 2h
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The central square of Mylopotamos

Take the path that leads to the waterfall, and there you will find a sign that says "Neromyloi" (watermills).  Follow this trail; you will be right in the middle of a small glen where you will be able to see the first watermills.  Keep going on the path as it slopes down.  After a short while you will see a bridge.  There are many waterfalls and small lakes all along the trail.  Further down, the path can be followed through the gorge and is quite hard.  Follow the trail all the way to the end and you will eventually come to the small beach of Kalami.

Vouno, Agios Georgis

Duration of hike: 1h 15min
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The central square of Avlemonas

Take the stony road located at the back of the village that leads to the trail.  After a long walk up you will find the road that leads to the top of the mountain. The view is magnificent, especially when the atmosphere is not too humid, as you will then be able to see all the way from Peloponnese (Cape Maleas) to Antikythera and even Crete (Psiloreitis).  At the top is a small church (Agios Giorgis) with a few monks’ rooms as well as an old Minoan "peak temple".


The gorge of Tsakonas

Duration of hike: 1h 30min
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The bridge between the villages of Mitata and Viaradika

Enter the gorge by taking the small bridge between the villages of Mitata and Viaradika.  Towards the west is a road that leads into the gorge.  Walk alongside the stream.  You will come to an arched bridge and then to a watermill in ruins.  Along the trail are several lagoons and you will also see several vegetable gardens here and there.  At the end of the small gorge you will come across a beautiful vegetable garden next to a stony road.  Take this road and after a short while you will see on your right-hand side a small church called Agios Ioannis inside a hollowed-out space.  Later on, still on the stony road, you will come to Mavri Spilia (the black cave).  The road leads to another small church that bears the same name (Agios Ioannis) and also built in a hollowed-out space.  Farther ahead you will arrive on the main road, northwest of the village. It is worth noting that in Mitata and Viaradika there are many springs as well as benches and picnic tables.  Take a break to have something to eat and drink some fresh, crystal-clear water.

Feloti

Duration of hike: 1h
Level of difficulty: Normal
Departure point: The central square of Chora

Take the road towards Livadi.  Once you pass the last structures in Chora you will find a concrete road to your left.  Follow it and a little farther down it becomes a stony road.  Continue straight ahead without turning left or right.  You will eventually arrive at a T-shaped intersection; take a left and you will see a small shed.  To the left of this shed is the trail you need to take. You will come to the small church of Agia Pelagia, built in a hollowed-out space.  After visiting the church go back to the shed and continue in a westward direction.  You will eventually arrive in Feloti where there is a small harbor, a beach and a fisherman's house.

Cape Trachilas

Duration of hike: 1h
Level of difficulty: Hard
Departure point: The central square of Chora

Take the road towards Livadi.  Once you pass the last structures in Chora you will find a concrete road to your left.  Follow it and a little farther down it becomes a stony road. Walk towards the east, opposite Chora, toward the end of the peninsula.  Along the way you will see debris of defensive structures built during World War II under German occupation.  At the time the place was used as a military base by the Germans.


Chora - Kapsali

Duration of hike: 45min
Level of difficulty: Easy
Departure point: The central square of Chora

Take Chora's central alleyway sloping downwards from the central square and head south towards the Castle. At the Estavromenos intersection (the first church on your right-hand side on your way down) take the road on the left, the one going down.  Farther down, instead of following the road, take a stairway that leads to the next bend in the road.  From there continue on the path by cutting across the bends in the road.  You will end your downward walk on a stone bridge.  Cross the bridge and continue towards Kapsali.  Take the concrete road sloping down to the first bay. Walk along the promenade and turn left just before the point where the pier starts so you can get to the second bay.  Walk along the bay to the other side where you will find a stony road that leads to a large clearing in the pine tree forest that offers a panoramic view of the twin bays of Kapsali, Chytra (the small islet south of Kythera) and of the deep blue sea.

The cave of Agia Sophia in Kalamos

Duration of hike: 45min
Level of difficulty: Easy
Departure point: Central intersection in Kalamos

Along the asphalt road that connects Kalamos to Kaspali you'll come across a small iconostasis as well as a road towards the village of Spilies.  Walk towards the village and you will soon see a concrete road as well as an arrow on a wall indicating the direction to take to visit the cave.  Take this path.  You will come across a road that leads to a small glen.  At the end of this road you will find a small room and the entrance to the cave where the small church of Agia Sophia is located.

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