Tilos Trails

Introductory Walks                                        

These are a few examples of the walks we have graded as 'Introductory'. Notice that we have included notes for those who suffer from vertigo but please also note that we have managed to guide even those that suffer from what we call 'compulsive vertigo' i.e. see it jump, through all these walks AND they have enjoyed them!!......At least that's what they told us when meeting for a drink in the evening.

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Mikro Horio                                                                                                           

A circular walk using the old paths to the abandoned village. Here an amphitheatre of houses remain largely intact although roofless,(these were removed to be used again in the construction of the new houses in Livadia) but there are two well maintained churches. The newer 19thC, where the yearly festival of Panagia is held on Aug 15th, and the old 17thC, newly restored, with its original frescoes and overlooked by the remains of the medieval tower. A fascinating place to visit, where olive presses, bread ovens and remnants of old furniture and pottery give an insight into an earlier way of life. A 10min. walk to the ridge above offers panoramic views of Tilos and her neighbouring islands before returning to Livadia on an alternative stoned path.

A circular walk.

Gera                                                                                                                      

The deserted village of one room stone houses first documented in the 15thC, and believed to be a summer annex to Mikro Horio. Walking a wide coastal path re-engineered to facilitate the construction of the first, but now redundant telecomm station at Koutsoumbas. We pass abandoned fruit farms on the way and encounter spectacular colours and views down to the sea. On the return viewing Ag. Ioannis from the far side, outlined against the rocky headland of Lethra and framed against the azure sea, encapsulates the essence of a Greek island postcard. An opportunity to swim on returning at the far end of Livadia bay.

An out and back walk (not a good choice for those who suffer from vertigo)

Lethra                                                                                                                    

A circular walk starting on a coastal path to the north of Livadia seeing Rhodes, Symi and Turkey rising up out of the Aegean. It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy the view, not only back over Livadia and its’ bay, but also over small coves, beaches and Gaidaros (Donkey) Island. Meandering down, through previously cultivated fields, to Lethra beach where a cooling dip in the crystal clear water will refresh you. Continuing up through the pretty, Oleander strewn, dry river bed and waterfall to the source of a spring that supplies Livadia and on through disused terraces. Descending back to Livadia on the original stoned path.

A circular path. (a short stretch of approx 10m difficult for the vertiginous)

Skafi                                                                                                                     

Starting with a very short tour through the narrow, stepped streets of Megalo Horio, the islands capital. This pretty Greek village has numerous points of interest for you to explore on your own, but for this walk we include a part of the Hellenic wall standing at over 20ft high, a frescoed chapel and a kokhlaki courtyard. Leaving the village we walk through a colony of butterflies before reaching a derelict hamlet, with a chapel and a walk-in well, then head gently down a wide valley to Skafi beach. With fields either side of the dirt road, bring binoculars for possible sitings of birds such as kestrels, bee-eaters, rollers, golden orioles etc in the many trees on the way. Vultures have also been sighted in the enormous eucalyptus tree, growing by the spring in the oleander valley. Chance of a swim and rest in the shade before returning almost the same way.

Out and back walk (bus to and from Megalo Horio)

Eristos                                                                                                                   

Through the centre of the island, mainly following the riverbed, to the fertile agricultural plains and beach of Eristos. This walk can show the huge diversities of flora and fauna to be found on the island, best in spring but all year there are things to see and learn, like how to tickle Tarantulas to the top of their burrows (don’t worry, they are fairly harmless and VERY shy).
Small detours take us to the unusual chapel of Ag. Nikolaos, Harkadio cave where dwarf elephant bones dating back to 140,000BC have been found, and the recently constructed Amphitheatre with a natural spring. We pass through possibly some of the best bird watching areas and see several chapels, including Ag Irini where a yearly festival takes place and the famous 5thC BC poetess of the same name is remembered. Opportunity to swim on the 1.25km beach

Walk out bus back.

Tilos Kastro                                                                                                           

A narrow winding path up to the castle dominating the hill above Megalo Horio. This is the site of an ancient acropolis thought to be devoted to Apollo and/or Athena. Within the Hellenic walls are the remains of the Hellenic city and ruins of the Medieval capital of Tilos. There are spectacular views over Ag. Antonis, the bay and across to Nisyros, as well as Eristos plain and up through the centre of the island. Returning down the same path to Megalo Horio but continuing around the hillside on a recently restored beautiful path down to Ag Antonis. This was once the main port of the island, but is now used mainly as a fishing harbour, and boasts a couple of tavernas. From here we bus back to Livadia

Bus out to Megalo Horio, back from Ag.Antonis.