Sikinos Greece - Touring, Walks and Photos Guide.
Sikinos has quite a few kilometres of paths available for enjoyable walking trips out in the hills several of which are described below. There are quite a few churches scattered around the hills on the Greek Island
of Sikinos Island. As you walk out into the hills it is sort of surprising to suddenly come across a sometimes quite large church sat
tucked into the fold out on the hillside with perhaps just a rough low-walled path leading to it.
There are also the remains of various windmills to be found out in the hills as well as threshing circles near the terraces where grain was once grown.
The path finally arrives at a small track - turn left and walk towards and then pass through the piles of stone and rock to reach the heliport road. Just past the heli-port take a small road on the
right which is signposted/marked to Zoodochou Pigis Monastery - follow this on up to the monastery but on the way take a look over the cliffs on the right for some really nice sea and
The monastery may or may not be open - it was not in May when we were on holiday on the island but is apparently open during high season at certain times -
this is a Greece remember!. From the Monastery take the wide white rock path which leads you back down into Kastro.
Chora walking out via Episkope and it's 3rd century burial monument and back to Alopronia - Sikinos Greece.
If you decide to walk this route from Alopronia then it is a trip of around 17 to 18 kms which is quite a significant walk when the weather is hot. We decided to start of by getting the bus up to Chora and starting from
there making the walk around 13.5km. Even so this walk is quite tiring as there is not too much shade and underfoot the surface on the moni-paths and mule-tracks is often rocky making walking difficult
at times and not too fast. For most of the time the paths used are very clear and easy to follow however around halfway you do have to "make it up" a bit for a short distance as the undergrowth has obscured any obvious route.
Notes: There are no facilities out on this walk so take plenty of water etc. and all the churches visited on this walk either had a key in their doors or take a look under a nearbye stone since the keys might be there instead.
From the bus stop at the saddle between Kastro and Chora take the wide flight of steps which head up into Chora - keep ahead through the town's alleys passing
two churches on the way. As you get towards the far side of the town some of the derelict buildings are being renovated - then right on the top edge of Chora the
alleys change to a moni-path. Stay left when the path splits and just continue on what is now a really nice path which gives excellent views of the valley,
churches and countryside down on the left. Just after passing a farm a little way down in the valley the path splits again - this time take the right hand
path which goes up into the hillside - when this flattens you are once again on a really nice moni-path however it is somewhat overgrown.
This gorgeous path wanders along the left hand side of the hillside with the coastline on the right often not too far away. Just before reaching Aghia Paraskevi church the path
is so overgrown you cannot get along so go over the wall and walk up to the church. Again there are really good views of the countryside and coast up here - also a derelict windmill
just above the church. You can also see clearly the onward route i.e. the next church, the ruined village and then the road. From the church a path continues
to the next church which is called Aghios Polikarpos where there is a well and then the path drops down heading through the ruined village of Stamatini and then on via a rough track to reach the tarmac road.
Just before reaching the tarmac road the path swings round to the right and originally continued just below the road however this has
been messed up by the road builders and is blocked. You therefore have to slightly scramble up onto the tarmac road instead, then turn right and follow it
for a short distance to reach it's end and a car park. A track leaves from here and heads towards several churches and the now visible Episkope. This is obviously a convenient place to stop for a sandwich and drink however the nicest bit and also somewhat cooler due to sea-breezes is to walk up to the church of Agia Ana which is located via a path above and just off to the right.
From Episkope walk back down towards the road but then take a rocky moni-path on the right - this swings down into and then through the valley and soon becomes a
series of marble steps. This is yet another really nice walking area with lovely rocks and just generally beautiful countryside - from time to time you pass old lime kilns either side of the path.
Around 1.5kms from the Episkope the path splits - this is marked by two small cairns.
Always you are heading down but also veering left to more or less reach the floor of the valley. When you reach a deep dip keep to the left of the valley and the path will take you up and round to the other side. The path from now on is quite
faint and very narrow but continues to be marked occasionally with small cairns. As you round the hill the coastline comes into view on the right - simply stay
on the path which does get easier to find after a while.
You pass a really interesting rocky needle - the path is quite narrow here and very close to the edge of the quite high cliff. Just after this the way continues a little more inland passing various caves on it's way and then the church of Agios Panteleimon comes into view. Wind your way on down to the church where you will find some seats, perhaps some shade and anyway the opportunity to have a quick rest.
From the church the path continues on inland heading up the valley - it eventually drops down to reach a path junction although the other path was not very clear to see - this junction is around half a kilometre from the church.
Go right heading across the valley and then the path climbs up the hillside - at the top you can clearly see that onward route still has some way to go. Continue on round the hillside on this very clear path until it drops down to reach a dirt track.
Keep straight ahead on this track and eventually reach the outskirts and soon the harbour at Alopronia.
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