A circular walk from Ag. Anargyri on Lesbos Island in Greece.
Ag. Anargyri via Asomatos Village and Springs walk making two loops - beautiful rocky path type walks on Lesbos Island in Greece.
In our view if we had the time to only walk for one day whilst on Lesvos then it would be around here (i.e.
the Asomatos area). The walk described below is easily one of the nicest we have done on any island - lots of streams, moni-paths/kalderimi, rocky paths, levadas, nice tracks, flowers, shrubs, trees, birds, snakes and so on - and Ag.
Anargyri is like an oasis. The walk described is actually a figure of 8, i.e. we walked two loops out of Ag. Anargyri - obviously anyone feeling lazy or short of time could just do one or other. Take the main Keramia to Vasilika road - around 2kms from Keramia take a left hand
road signposted to Ag. Anargyri, this is a quite rubbly dirt road but can be driven using a car if you take it easy. The several track junctions are clearly marked so just carefully follow the signposts to reach Ag. Anargyri which is about 4kms from the main road - there is plenty of parking by the taverna.
Loop 1. From the car park walk back up the track and turn right to cross a concrete bridge, once across turn right now walking along a really nice path which is stone wall
on the left and shrubs on the right. Stay on this cobbled path, passing a house on the right. Ignore a path going steeply up into trees on the left and continue along to join a kalderimi about 3/4
of a kilometre from the bridge. This beautiful and wide kalderimi winds steeply up - passes a several nice houses on the left and then winds very steeply up with several hairpins to arrive at a track - there is a small white church on the right. Go straight across the track and regain the kalderimi which continues to climb, now often with a small wall on the right, to reach the edge of
Asomatos by a junction - there is a brown church perched up on a terrace on the right.
Continue down the wide cobbled road with the church on your left. Ignore a road on the right and carry on down to reach a t-junction where there is a local cafe and a very small shop.Turn right at this t-junction - go past the church (which is on the left) and carry straight on - ignore a road on
the left - to regain the kalderimi which starts between houses. On reaching the main road cross over and continue on down the kalderimi - there is a spring on the left and often walls to the sides.
The kalderimi keeps slowly dropping - passes another spring and also goes through olive groves and fields - to finally arrive on the main road again. Turn left and follow the main road as it winds round and passes an old olive oil factory which seemed to be full of gas
cylinders. Just after passing the factory there is a large building with brown doors on the left - look for and take a path directly opposite this building and follow this initially sunken and quite narrow path up hill.
(note: There are quite a few side paths in this area which should be ignored). About 200 metres from the road look out for a water pipe which comes out of the hill literally in front of you - the path swings round to the right by a gate ( do not take a path which goes on uphill on the left). The path slowly
descends to soon reach two small churches and then continues along the side of the valley - this path undulates and is sometimes very stony with even a little
bit of rock climbing required especially as you get nearer to Ag. Anargyri. The path ends up by a small bridge, cross this bridge and continue on to reach your original outgoing path. (If you have had enough walking you can simply turn left and follow the path back to the car park.).
Turn right and re-walk the kalderimi as far as the dirt road by the church. Turn left and follow this dirt track for around 2kms as
it wanders along sometimes through woods and with the valley below to the left ignoring any side tracks to reach a small church on the left. There is a small seat by the church which makes a good place for a stop and maybe lunch.
Continue along the track as it undulates along the valley side for about
another 1.5kms where a track goes steeply off to the left on a hairpin. Ignore that track but continue round the hairpin and climb steeply to soon reach another track on the next hairpin coming in from the right - once again ignore this track.
Carry on round the hairpin to the left and continue on up - the track continues going up to reach a slow right bend at which point it then starts to descend and then continues to undulate along the hill side and eventually meets a concrete junction.
Turn left here, cross the stream bed and then go left again at the next junction, now the track winds round with a huge set of limestone rock face above you. Keep along the track quite soon passing a
small scruffy looking church up on the hillside on the right. The track now commences to bend round the top of the valley in a big U shape - you can see all the way back down the valley and also some pretty good looking and colourful rock formations ahead.
When a really wide track comes in and joins from the right and two tracks go off to the left, take the first left hand track which drops down for a while then climbs up through pine trees. Stay on the main
track with views of the valley to the left and continue until a track comes up and in from the right - you can see the Gulf of Gera in the distance slightly to the right.
Go left and commence heading downwards, ignore the track on the left but soon take a cobbled path on the left which has staggered stone walls on one side and olive trees on the other. This is a nice path which gradually drops down to cross a
stream bed - after which the stone walls are on the right and great looking terraces holding in the olive trees on the hill side.
Eventually the path meets a track which has a fast stream on the left - stay on this track to get back to the concrete bridge at Ag. Anargyri.
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