'Challenging' ? This expression is not intended to intimidate, merely to point out the more difficult aspects of certain walks. While none of the walks involve climbing or clambering (with one notable exception!) different factors come into play such as difficult terrain, extended length, little or no shade and steeper gradients resulting in a much more strenuous days walking. Some examples below.
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Known locally as the 'Italian House' it is the derelict base built by the Italian occupation forces just before WW2 and perched under the peak of the 457m. Profitas Ilias. Rather than use the partly restored path up to the house, we take you past the chapels of Konstantinos and Yiorgos (containing some old marble remains) up to and along the ridge offering stunning views alternately to the sea and the island. The base was built to a very high standard, many of
the materials being imported from Italy and may have been built to accommodate the Italian army serving the heliograph and wireless station above, which we approach from the ridge. Views form here are among the best to be had on Tilos making the reasoning for the site of a semaphore station obvious. We descend via the 'path' of which the upkeep is not regular and therefore can require care, passing the spring that flows out of a hole in the mountainside and seeps through to a man made trough in a miniature ‘walled garden’, like an oasis, and a restored chapel on our way through to Megalo Horio.
An end to end with bus to the start and form the finish.
From Panteleimona to Eristos
This is a walk in the wilderness around the most ruggedly beautiful part of the island. The original stone path is now all but non-existent and the way, counterintuitive. Passing around, up, down and around etc. many saddles and shoulders, it is very difficult to follow. In several places, a few minutes detour from the path can lead you to a spring or will offer stunning views down to the azure sea and deserted beaches. Sheer cliffs tower over the ruins of a derelict farm settlement with its own spring, surrounded by oleander and terraces. Originally, when this path was built, it lead to the chapel of Ag. Panagia, which is now only used by the goats. Crossing the final saddle and leaving the wilderness behind, opens up a panoramic view across Eristos bay. There is, however, much walking still to be done before reaching the beach, cold refreshments and/or a swim.
This walk is limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Taxi to Panteleimona, bus back from Eristos.
Livadia Hills, Chapels and Castles
This is a walk visiting 3 castles and 3 chapels on a circular tour along the hills surrounding Livadia. Ascending to the heights of Agrosikia, the Medieval castle, we pass the Hellenic site of the Kastello, the chapels of Ag. Anna and Ag. Nikolaos, with well preserved 13thC frescoes, and Ag. Pavlos, which has its own spring inside. It is possible to link up these sites by following very old disused paths, mainly in poor condition and in places barely visible. The terrain on these paths is rubbly and poor, but well worth the extra effort for the constantly changing and unusual views over Livadia.
A circular walk.
Possibly one of the most beautiful beaches on Tilos. This is a long, hot walk. Over half of the way is a fairly steep descent on loose, rubbly ground where the path can only be perceived in a few places. Shade under the tamarisk trees on arrival, or a cooling swim from the gently sloping beach in the aquamarine water is essential. Snorkels and masks are recommended to enjoy the marine life and sub aqua rock formations. For the return we make a short sharp incline to a pretty river valley, walking over pink rock, which we follow all the way up to the dirt road for the return to Livadia.
A circular walk.