Hiking in Kythira

M36 Diakofti – Agia Moni

M36 Diakofti – Agia Moni

STARTING POINT: The small peer of Diakofti

MAIN SIGHTS: Diakofti beach, Amazing views, the Holy Monastery of Agia Moni

CONNECTION TO OTHER TRAILS: M37

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 19th 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).

Tips! You can easily combine this trail to trail M37. To reach the M37 trailhead you will have to walk the asphalt road from Agia Moni downwards.

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M37 Kolokotronis Monum. – Diakofti

M37 Kolokotronis Monum. – Diakofti

Starting point: Diakofti peer or Kolokotronis Monument

Main sights: View to Diakofti, Mediterranean flora

Connection with other trails: Μ36

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M1 Chora – Kapsali

M1 Chora – Kapsali

STARTING POINT: In front of the Chora Castle entrance (alternatively, at the beginning of Kapsali bay)

MAIN SIGHTS: Chora, Castle of Chora, Churches of Mesa Vourgo, British stone bridge, Kapsali

CONNECTION TO OTHER TRAILS: M04, M11, M15

Today the path forms a circular route, allowing hikers to descend from the western side of the Kastro (castle fort) with a breathtaking view of the impressive cliffside fortifications. The landscape along this path is rich in landmarks (churches, stone mansions, an ancient stone bridge, English aquaduct, etc.) and provides a stunning view over the sea and the twin bays of Kapsali harbour. The adventurous hiker with a taste for action can find organized climbing opportunities at Sparagario beach. For more seawards-inclined visitors, a speed-boat trip can be arranged to the rocky islet of Chytra off the coast of Kapsali. Here one can marvel at the impressive open-water sea cave with its magnificently coloured waters, as well as the flocks of seabirds nesting on its otherwise barren slopes.
Tips!
  • It is strongly advisable that you visit the castle of Chora! Be aware that it is not open during all day.
  • You can start the trail from the main square of Chora, thus combining it to a beautiful stroll in the island’s capital.

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M11 Livadi – Kapsali

M11 Livadi – Kapsali

STARTING POINT: In front of the Chora Castle entrance (alternatively, at the beginning of Kapsali bay)

MAIN SIGHTS: Chora, Castle of Chora, Churches of Mesa Vourgo, British stone bridge, Kapsali

CONNECTION TO OTHER TRAILS: M04, M11, M15

This spectacular path was once one of Kythera’s busiest routes, connecting the island’s former main port, Kapsali, with the capital city of Chora. Today the path forms a circular route, allowing hikers to descend from the western side of the Kastro (castle fort) with a breathtaking view of the impressive cliffside fortifications. The landscape along this path is rich in landmarks (churches, stone mansions, an ancient stone bridge, English aquaduct, etc.) and provides a stunning view over the sea and the twin bays of Kapsali harbour. The adventurous hiker with a taste for action can find organized climbing opportunities at Sparagario beach. For more seawards-inclined visitors, a speed-boat trip can be arranged to the rocky islet of Chytra off the coast of Kapsali. Here one can marvel at the impressive open-water sea cave with its magnificently coloured waters, as well as the flocks of seabirds nesting on its otherwise barren slopes.

Tips!

  • It is strongly advisable that you visit the castle of Chora! Be aware that it is not open during all day.
  • You can start the trail from the main square of Chora, thus combining it to a beautiful stroll in the island’s capital.

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