Our walk starts in the small fishing harbour of Agios Fokas. We turn inland and walk on tracks up to the highest point of the area. A tiny, white church on the peak, a fantastic view over the long, sandy beach of Vatera, the mountainous landscape of Plomari in the distance: this is Profitis Ilias. We enjoy a break then slowly continue our walk until we reach the river Almiropotamos. It is a good place for bird watchers as many species live and nest here. Also turtles can be found at the river mouth - on some days we have counted more than 60 turtles at one spot. We continue and reach the beach of Vatera, where we settle down in one of the tavernas overlooking the sea and enjoy a tasty lunch with some traditional Greek specialties and perhaps some fresh fish. After the meal we may fancy a swim in the clear water and a chance to relax a bit on the beach.
Our way back to Agios Fokas leads us through the nature park at the river Almiropotamos.
Back at our starting point we visit the site of the temple of Dionysos (ancient god of wine and merrymaking) and a little Orthodox Christian chapel alongside. In the taverna of the fisherman Dimitris overlooking the small harbour, we sit down, enjoy a coffee or ouzo to finish our day.
Minimum of 2 people required, start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation on arrangement.
Price for the hike: 23€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 34€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).
The extra-charge for our exclusive-package including lunch with wine or beer and water in Vatera, ouzo or coffee in Agios Fokas) is 18€ per person.
Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request.
(Level of difficulty: easy)
Total distance of the hike: 12 km,duration including stops: 6-7 hours