We start our exhilarating hike in the tiny hamlet of Karini, which looks like an oasis with shady plane trees over 600 years old. From here we walk along passing an old olive press and through an idyllic river valley with big, shady trees and natural pools. We continue on old tracks through olive groves towards the traditional village Asomatos. If we are lucky, the small village shop is open for chilled drinks and we can rest a while at the fountain in the shade.
From Asomatos we hike on narrow paths through old olive groves to the picturesque oasis of Agii Anagiri. In the shade of gigantic plane trees and high cypresses we may feel like having a break in the tiny taverna. In summer it is pure pleasure to cool the feet in the ice-cold spring water. We continue our hike towards Agiassos through an amazing landscape of olive, cherry and almond trees, blunt rock formations as well as gentle hills.
After a little stroll through the old streets we stop in one of the traditional kafeneia for a tasty meze (delicious snacks, traditionally served with ouzo or wine).
After the meal we would like to show you the famous church of the Virgin Mary (visited by many Orthodox pilgrims for its miracle working icon).
Then we head back down to Karini on old pilgrims’ tracks. In Karini we finish our trip with a cool drink or a coffee.
The hike is not difficult, but the altitude is 720m.
Minimum of 2 people required, start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation on arrangement.
Price for the hike: 24€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 36€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).
The extra-charge for our exclusive-package including lunch with wine or beer and water in Agiassos, soft drink or coffee in Ag. Anagiri, coffee or ouzo in Karini) is 21€ per person.
Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request.
(Level of difficulty: medium)
Total distance of the hike: 14 km, duration including stops: 7-8 hours