We start our hike in Petra, in the north of the island. We hike to the Valley of the Mills. In a washed out creek bed we find volcanic basalt columns and stair-like ruins. These are witnesses of a long gone era when, there were 18 water mills in total. In the lower parts of the valley we find a cluster of three mills. It is probable they were built for a settlement during the medieval or early Ottoman period. Countless butterflies accompany us on our way. The scent of the Mediterranean herbs is breathtaking.
We reach the little village of Petri, which is a lovely mountain village with narrow streets and old traditional stone houses. We rest a bit from the ascent - maybe have a refreshment or lunch in the traditional taverna - and enjoy the beautiful view over the plain and down to the bay of Petra. After the break we walk back to Petra.
The striking rock and the church of the Glykfylousa Panagia (Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss) perched on top, is the town’s landmark, which also gave the village its name (Greek petra = stone). Climbing up the old steps to the church is highly recommended: not only the church itself and its surroundings are worth seeing, but you also have fantastic views over the village, the sea and the coastline.
A stroll through the beautiful old streets down to the Platia for a coffee or ouzo with sea view completes our day.
Minimum of 2 people required, start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation upon arrangement.
Price for the hike: 25€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 38€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).
The extra-charge for our exclusive-package (Lunch in Petra incl. wine or beer and water, coffee, ouzo or refreshment in Petra) is 22€ per person.
Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request.
If you want to see the church in Petra you need to wear appropriate clothes - long trousers or skirt and no bare shoulders or midriffs! (wear a sleeved top, or you could bring a cotton scarf to cover up)
(Level of difficulty: Easy)
Total distance of the hike: 10 km, duration including stops: 6-7 hours