Symi Greece Toli Circular Walk and Photos.
Symi Island walks going from Chorio to Yialos, Toli and Emborio and back to Chorio. From the Old Village Square head down the Kali Strata to the harbour - turn left, go along the harbour front and then over the bridge, now turn left round the edge of the square until you
reach a road going off to the right (this road goes to the cemetery). Go up this road - it soon becomes very steep as it climbs out of the harbour
- after passing a builders yard on the left and when the concrete road starts to climb steeply turn left - the Grace Hotel will be in front of
you. Go to the right of the hotel and take a path going behind it to walk up steps (this is now a marked route) to pick up a donkey path.
The quite often rough path zig zags up hill and now is accompanied by a large water pipe on the right, then passes through a gate to go into a very rough area. Keep going straight on still following the pipe to reach a sort of stone
wall - turn left here and this is in fact the old donkey path which takes long zig zags up the hill (quite often meeting the water pipe in it's travels). As
you near the top the church of Ag Fanourios, surrounded by fir trees, comes into view - you now have to make your own way across to it - aim for a dirt road clearly visible near a house and then walk up this track to reach the church.
This a big-time goat meeting zone and smells unbelievably - also there are several small military outposts nearbye so take care if you want to take photos.
The church was very securely locked and had a big anti-goat fence round it. Turn left on the tarmac road above the church and walk on the few metres to the main road. Turn right and follow the main road to the large monastery of
Taxiarchis Mihail Roukouniotis - there is a walled area outside the monastery where you can sit under trees for a while and also it is possible to go into part of the monastery
grounds. Take a concrete road passing the monastery on the left - this winds down passing the monastery of Panagia Katholiki on the right and also lookout for the threshing circle on the left. The road continues winding downwards and then passes the monastery of Ag Dimitrios on the
right - then changes into a dirt road and starts to climb a little to reach cross tracks.
Go left and then almost immediately pick up on your right a quite rough but wide track which heads down hill towards the sea - this track gets narrower and very
much rougher and then becomes more or less a wide path. When you reach a concrete drinking trough take the left fork - the path now gets even rougher and
continues on down to a small derelict building which is just above the beach. There are several ways down onto Toli beach - some need more care than others
since the whole area is very rough. The beach itself is not really anything special, and is composed over very large pebbles. However just off the beach is a very large old tree which has some makeshift seats - an ideal place to sit and
watch the beach and to have something to eat and drink.
You may well have the company of some very large bees which are quite keen to share your fruit (without even asking first..).
Return back up to the drinking trough - turn left and follow the path up to the ridge to get views of the various beaches nearbye including the beach at Ag Isidoros. You can continue on the path to go round the lower side of
the ridge to arrive back at the drinking trough or you can simply return back to the trough on the original path. Walk back up the original path and then track to arrive
at the cross tracks. Go straight across (don't take the path to the farm), and after a few metres climb down over really rough ground. Go past two large white water tanks off to the right - cross a track and then climb down to head to the left of a fenced area - go through the fence then bear right
to pick up a very narrow path (there are path markings but they are somewhat hard to find).
Carry on along this not too good path heading for the sea, eventually passing the small church of Ag. Georgios Kylindriotis above on the left. From here the path is in a poor condition and care is needed - also this part of the walk
involves a little climbing/scrambling.
There are great views of Emborio Bay and the coast road going off to Yialos - also below on the right you can see the ruins of what must have been a very grand building and it's walled gardens. (You
can also see the monastery of Ag. Georgios Drakoundiotis up on the hillside on the far side of Emborio and the moni-path which leads up to it).
The path comes out at some stone steps, take these to reach the beach. Continue along the beach - there is a taverna where you can also hire beach chairs - and it is also possible to get a boat back to Yialos from here.
For walking back to Yialos to there are 2 options:
Option 1: Just continue along the road out of the beach area, passing the taverna and then the church to follow the coastline as it winds on round to
eventually pass Nos beach and then back into Yialos and it's two harbours. From here walk back up the 400 or so steps of the quite flat Kali Strata to reach the Village Square in Chorio.
Much nicer - continue along the road out of the beach area and having passed the taverna and houses - look out for the monastery of Ag. Georgios Drakoundiotis high above you on the hillside.
A marked path (indicated by dots and a red arrow) on your right heads off uphill - this is sometimes a quite good moni-path but also is very broken in places. The path zig zags up to just below the monastery - there are really good views from up here.
Continue on past the monastery - and keep going along a concrete track between walls to reach the Elikonis cemetery.
Carry on passed the cemetery to walk on down the very steep road back into Yialos.
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