Chorio to Ag. Vasilios Beach walk on Symi Greece.
If you like a quiet beach which has no sun beds or tavernas or anything at all and like naturist sunbathing and swimming then Lapathos is the beach to go to on Symi.
There are no water taxis to get you there, nor a road or even a track - this means that having reached the beach if you find you are sharing it with anyone
else then it rates as being over-crowded.
You do need therefore to take plenty of drink and a picnic but certainly on the three times we walked to and used the beach we did not need our swimming gear on the beach - we just went nude..
The beach is clean but very hot although there is shade available back in the trees - the water is crystal clear and you do get waves which is nice - there are a couple of small sandy bits but most of it is pebble. The end of the walk down to the beach does
require some scrambling as it is very steep and slippery since you have to go down a not too high cliff (see the photos on the left) but it is perfectly ok if you take it slow and easy.
The route. From the village square by the cafe go on up past the bars (the kiosk is on your right) and keep going - passing the grocers, the bakers and the old pharmacy.
When you come to a shop on the left (selling plastic items) take the steps on the right next to a supermarket (you cannot miss it since the supermarket has it's produced stacked up all over the place on these steps).
Continue along the alley, passing a small boutique on the right, and shortly afterwards where the alley splits go right up the steps - now the way is marked with blue and red dots. Just follow these marks until you come to a more open area which has a lot of derelict buildings on the right, there are numerous red
and blue markers on the walls around here but carry straight on until you reach a T-junction, turn left and then keep to the right of a supermarket.
The path dips down and crosses a dry river bed and then climbs a little way up the hill on the other side - the path is not too wide and quite rough in places but is clearly visible. The path stays more or less level as it follows the hillside and
the ravine towards the coast - only in one place did we find the path had collapsed and needed extra care for a few metres. The cliffs are really
spectacular with occasional fir trees growing in the rocks and also Lapathos beach comes into view. The path goes on straight towards some high cliffs but then swings to the right
and dips down quite steeply into a heavily forested gully - stay on the path and climb back out of the gully now going in between fir trees. Eventually you walk
out of the trees into a open area which is covered with low shrubs and thorn bushes. The path here is rather vague in places but is marked with small cairns and occasional red and blue markers -
your general direction is down towards the sea but sort of bearing half left all the time.
You eventually come out above the tiny monastery of Ag. Vasilios - there is a series of rock steps which go off on the right steeply down to this monastery. The path to Lapathos beach continues along now with very heavy rocks
either side of you and becomes very narrow in places.
Now for the really good part - trying to get down to the beach. This involves climbing down via very
steep rocks although it is ok to do with foot and hand holds easily found - the more difficult part is about halfway down when the surface becomes scree and is
quite slippery (and still quite steep). Just carefully make your way down to arrive on this lovely isolated beach.
There is no alternative i.e. circular route back - you have to return to Ksisos along the original path and then back down the picturesque moni-path to the village square (no problem since a different walking direction
means different views).
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