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The 8th trail of the Kythira Hiking project is open! It links Diakofti to Agia Moni monastery.
This footpath climbs gently the slopes of Agia Moni Mt, surrounded by sage, thyme and Erica bushes. It is an old, built footpath, that ends at the Holy Monastery of Agia Moni. From the top, the views are panoramic to all over the island. You should visit the Monastery. It has been built in the 19 century, thanks to the important contribution of Theodoros Kolokotronis (Greek Independence War Revolutionary), and others grants. Take a closer look at the limestone bell tower, which is an great example of Kytherian art. It said that during the German occupation, from one of the cells of the Monastery, the Dean Mormoris, was informing the allies about incoming German ships through a hidden radio. Today, in one of the cells, Father Georgios Antikeimenakis has installed a self-inspired candle making atelier. From Agia Moni, you could either walk back to Diakofti from the same way, or continue on the small asphalted road till you meet the beginning of footpath M37, which goes down to Diakofti as well, thus creating a circle (M37 option will add another 6,6km, 2h50’ of walking).