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Andros light program self-guided 2020
Travel code: CAWM110I
Tour type: Hiking-light
Travel type: Self-guided mini-trekking
Area: Cyclades islands
Number of days: 8 (may be shortened or extended)
Day 1

Arrival in Ormos Korthiou

From the airport of Athens you take the public bus to Rafina (40 minutes), there the ferryboat to Gavrio (2 hours) and finally the public bus to Ormos Korthiou, where your arrangement starts. The landlord awaits you at the bus stop and brings you to your accommodation.

Day 2

From the Tromarchiani monastery along shepherd villages to Ormos Korthiou (CA20021x)

After a visit of the monastery you walk back to the asphalt road by a concrete road with great views over the sea. You continue by a lovely path in the direction of Korthi bay, along meadows, chapels, threshing-floors and villages with attractive springs. The last 15 minutes from the village of Aidoni (‘nightengale’) are on a quiet asphalt road back to Ormos Korthiou. A very relaxed walk with almost continually sea views.

  walking time/distance: 3h / 9.7km
ascent/descent: 85m / 330m
start/finish: Tromarchiani monastery / Ormos Korthiou

Day 3

Along the Epano Kastro to Ormos Korthiou (CA28021x)

The start is the gravel road descending to Dipotamata bridge. Past the bridge you ascend by paths and dirt roads to the castle "Epano Kastro Faneromenis". After a visit to the castle and the Faneromeni chapel you descend through meadows until you meet the kalderimi that takes you through Kochilou village to Ormos Korthiou. A small detour leads you to "Grias to Pidima" beach where the old woman who had betrayed the castle threw herself off the cliff.

walking time/distance: 3h20’ / 9.8km
ascent/descent: 310m / 630m
start/finish: Dipotamata / Ormos Korthiou

Day 4

From the Panachrandou monastery to Chora (CA05011x)

A taxi takes you to the Panachrandou monastery. The location is splendid and if you arrive before 2 a.m. the hospitable monks will gladly show you the wonderful icons in the church.
Past the monastery you descend by a wide walled path until the crossroads “Petrias”. On your way you’ll have wonderful views over the valley and the villages on the other side. A slight ascent and then you walk downhill through Livadia valley to Chora.

walking time/distance: 3h20' / 9.4km
ascent/descent: 260m / 705m
start/finish: Panachrandou monastery / Chora

Day 5

Circular walk Chora along history and water (CA01011c)

From Niborio beach you ascend gradually to Apikia with the Sariza Springs. From here a detour to Pythara: a series of small waterfalls in a charming stream.
From Apikia you descend past the historical living tower of Bisti-Mouvelas, the Lion bridge and the Empereikos watermill to Gialia beach. Over a rocky hill you reach Niborio beach again.

walking time/distance: 3h35’ / 11.2 km
ascent/descent: 520m
start/finish: Chora Niborio

Day 6

From the Olive Press Museum to Ano Aprovatou (CA08071x)

Olive Press Museum AndrosYou start at the animal powered Olive Press Museum in Ano Pitrofos. The museum awarded as one of the TOP10 museums in Greece and offers a unique museum’s experience! Dimitris, the owner and son of the latest miller, is a civil engineer and he is originated from Pitrofos. He restaured the mill to be ready for use. He tells the history of the building and animated stories about process of obtaining olive oil. He’s not present every day, but if you wish we try to arrange a visit!
After your visit you walk by the historical connecting route to the west side of the island to Ano Aprovatou with taverna “the balcony of the Aegean” (not always open!). Here the taxi will pick you up.
(You may also walk on downwards to Batsi harbour, partly by a historical kalderimi.)

walking time/distance: 2h40’ / 8.1km (to Batsi: 4h15’/ 13.0km)
ascent/descent: 220m / 310m (to Batsi: 270m / 710m)
start/finish: Ano Pitrofos / Ano Aprovatou

Day 7

Along Agios Petros village to Gavrio (CA04034x)

The walk starts in the harbour of Batsi, where you can stock up for lunch or have a coffee. You ascend by mountain paths to a plateau and then it’s down again.
You pass the village of Agios Petros with its lovely spring and the tower on the hillside. After the village you descend all the way to the harbour of Gavrio.

walking time/distance: 3h35’ / 10.7km
ascent/descent: 445m
start/finish: Batsi / Gavrio

Day 8

Departure from Gavrio

You walk to the harbour and sail back to Rafina.
Should your flight be early, then you sail back the evening before and stay overnight in Rafina (extra cost). The hotel has a shuttle bus service to the airport.

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