Hiking Kythera

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Period of operation :March to November
Price :

1150€ for min 4 participants (for less or more participants please contact us)

Duration :8 days/7 nights
Minimum attendance :4 participants
Level requirements :

Kythera lies off the southern coast of the Peloponnese and belongs to the Ionian Islands. According to the Greek mythology Kythera is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. She has not only given to Kythera her beauty and loveliness, but also her ruggedness. Kythera characterizes itself through pureness, simplicity and a great diversity in nature and landscape. The ever-present peacefulness is overwhelming. Kythera has been spared by mass tourism. Even during the summer months you still will find secluded beaches on Kythera. Sitting in one of the many village squares, enjoying a Greek coffee or an ouzo, you might forget the time. If this happens, you are sure that Kythera has grabbed you.

There are sixty four villages on Kythera which are connected to each other by a good and extensive network of roads. By car is not the only way to explore however, you will discover the island more intimately on foot. A lot of unpaved paths, seemingly deserted villages, impressive gorges, flowers, herbs and wild goats make Kythira a true walking paradise. Have a look on the special walking page for further information.

Day 1: Arrival on Kythera: After your arrival on Kythira and transfer to your hotel in Agia Pelagia, your guide will inform you about the walking program. You will meet the other participants while enjoying a welcome drink. In the evening, dinner will be served in one of the seafront restaurants in Agia Pelagia. (D)

Day 2: Karavas – Lighthouse – Platia Ammos

The taxi will take us, in 10 minutes, to nearby Karavas. Here we visit the bakery where they bake the well-known Kythirian paksimadia (olive oil rusks). We will then walk through Karavas with its many springs. Along an impressive landscape, we descend to Agios Nikolaos Bay, the North Cape. From here we climb onto a narrow goat path to Moudari Lighthouse, a former signal house and the mythological cave of Helena and Paris. Full of impressions we continue our route to the peaceful fishing village Platia Ammos. Here we will enjoy our lunch before the taxi takes us back to Agia Pelagia for dinner later on. Distance: 13 km / Duration: 6 – 7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 3: Agia Pelagia – Potamos – Agia Pelagia

After breakfast we walk to Potamos, the centrally located village in North Kythira. Here we visit the traditional Sunday morning market and then walk along narrow alleys to two churches which will be opened especially for us. Before having lunch on the village square, we visit a tsipouro distillery. We walk back to Agia Pelagia along a different route. In the evening, dinner is in Agia Pelagia. Distance: 15 km / Duration: 5 – 6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Potamos – Paleochora – Osios Theodoros – Aroniadika

After a 10 minute transfer, we start a strenuous tour which is characterized by culture and history. Via Melitianika and Trifyllianika, we walk along an historic path to Paleochora, Kythira’s former capital. This ruined city will certainly impress us. We continue the walk in a southerly direction to Osios Theodoros Monastery, dedicated to a local saint. We walk to Pitsinades and Aroniadika where in the local kafeneion, we will enjoy our lunch. Transfer back to our hotel and dinner in Agia Pelagia. Distance: 13.5 km / Duration: 6 – 7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 5: Mylopotamos – Watermills – Kato Chora – Mylopotamos

After a 20 minute transfer, we start today’s walk in Mylopotamos village square. We will visit the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, which will be opened especially for us. We walk to the famous Neraida waterfall and follow the stream with 23 watermill ruins. We will visit the only watermill that has been restored. From the watery valley, we continue our walk to Kato Chora, a Byzantine and Venetian settlement. Back in Mylopotamos we will have a lunch underneath the plane trees. Transfer back to Agia Pelagia where, later on, we will have a light dinner.

Distance: 7.5 km / Duration: 6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 6: Chora – Kapsali – Agia Sophia – KalamosThe taxi will take us, in 40 minutes, to Chora where we start a nice walk along the medieval Mesa Vourgo’s small alleys. We will visit two churches and the impressive Venetian Castle. We descend along a goat path around the castle to Kapsali. In this coastal village we will visit three caves. After our lunch by the side of the bay, we continue the walk to Kalamos. Here we will visit Agia Sophia’s Cave and a very traditional kafeneion. Then it is time to go back to Agia Pelagia for our farewell dinner. Distance: 10 km / Duration: 7 – 8 hours (B/L/D)

Day 7: free day– Optional activities cooking, olive oil tasting, traditional soap making, all about honey (B)

Day 8: Departure

 Your transfer will take you to the airport for your domestic flight or to the port of Kythera for the continuation of your trip.

  • 8 days/7 nights sharing a double room in 3 star hotel
  • 5 guided day hikes including all transfers
  • Meal Plan: daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 6 dinners

Not Included:

  • Drinks during meals
  • Domestic flight