Apart from Saturday, walks start after breakfast and end on a beach where we have a picnic lunch, an afternoon swim and are picked up about 5:45 pm (17:45). Intrepid walkers may wish to walk back up the hill to the Centre (about 90-120 min).
Saturday starting after Community Meeting and coffee. Our abbreviated walk starts just before noon, exploring the village of Kissos with its charming square. We'll leave the village heading south on a gradually narrowing paved road that becomes a track through heavily wooded areas towards a natural waterfall. We are back to the Centre by 1:45 in time for lunch.
Sunday Kissos—Ag Dimitrios—Plaka Descending from an altitude of 400 metres our route to the sparkling turquoise Aegean sea wends its way through apple orchards, chestnut forests, and olive groves. We pass Agios Dimitrios with its traditional flag-stoned village square and massive Church. At the foot of Mt Pelion we reach Plaka beach where the verdant moutains greet the shimmering water at the sea-shore. There we have our lunch, our afternoon swim and laze on the beach.
Monday Kissos—Mouresi square. On this morning's hike we leave our footprints in cobbled mule-tracks as we pass through cherry orchards and chestnut forests, and descend into a deep densely forested valley with plane trees. Here, in springtime, two tumbling rivers form cascading waterfalls and rock pools set in peaceful glens with enormous boulders carpeted in green moss. Reaching Mouresi square with its beautiful church, its Linden trees and view over the Aegean, we'll meet "Boy George", Pelion's favourite donkey (see photo top right). From Mouresi it's downhill to Papa Nero beach for our lunch and swim.
Tuesday The Hidden Squares and Gardens of Tsagarada This amble in Tsagarada offers the unique experience of walking centuries-old cobbled mule-tracks under the shade of magnificent chestnut trees admiring the traditional architecture and gardens as well as an 800 year old plane tree. A steep descent from Tsagarada leads to the tiny cove of Fakistra encompassed by sheer cliffs plunging to the turqouise sea. Here we stop for a swim and lunch.
After lunch we continue unguided along cobbled mule paths dotted with wild flowers and spectacular sea views, ending at the little harbour of Damouchari where parts of Mama Mia were filmed. We spend the afternoon there in the cafes and on the beach, meeting the rest of the community for supper at Apostoli's taverna. Wednesday Agios Taxiarches, Tsagarada to Milopotamos. The beautiful flag-stoned square at Taxiarches in Tsagarada with its fountain and flowers is the starting point for the descent to Milopotamos, two spectacular beaches separated by a huge stone arch.
Thursday Kissos—Anilio and Makriryki—Ag Seranda We head out northwards towards the flower villages of Anilio and Makriryki with their tens of thousands of gardenia plants. We lunch at the Anilio Ecocentre, Kalikalos' sister centre. From Anilio we get a lift to Makriyki and continue our walk toward the long sandy beaches of Ag Seranda and Chorefto, the latter with a naturistic stretch.
Closure: Thursday evening is our final sharing by the fireside at Kalikalos, and Friday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 is Centre cleanup and good byes. Anyone staying on for the following week has the afternoon free to just relax. Hiking boots are suggested, also a day-pack, water bottle and a stick would be useful. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for hiking.
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