Chóra - Livádia - Petriás - Moní Panachrántou and back
If one wants to walk up to the monastery of
Panachrántou, one follows mostly the route  which describes a wide
curve via Ménites and Messariá - but this hike  requires in actual
walking time not less than 3h30, and this only for the way out. This
hike will follow an alternative path from Livádia until the route of the
trail  near Petriás, and is much shorter - but it is also very nice.
At first it runs through the green valley below Livádia, then there is a
nice climb until you arrive next to Petriás and finally it follows the
well-known route  up to the monastery. Deserves ***. There is a good
signposting with , [17a] and .
all hikes leaving from Chóra you have to depart from the main street
near the large church of the Panagía tis Kímisis – which is visible from
all over this town (for more details you might have a look at the
description of the small hike in Chóra itself). Today you should follow
the main street to the right (facing the church) and soon you arrive at
the big square of Vas. Goulandris, where you find an information sign of
Andros Routes. You keep following the pedestrian street (little signs
, [8a],  and !). At the end of this street, after 70 meters,
you keep to the left and continue obliquely to the right, in the
direction of the parking lots (signs ,  and . You follow the
concrete street on the left side of the parking lot, but BEFORE you
reach the second parking lot you should
go right and follow a beautiful trail (hiking sign "Livádia circular
route 5.5 km + ).
You follow this path always straight and so you
pass underneath the theater - and the alley with the beautiful pavement
again arrives between the houses. . The pavement becomes concrete,
you climb some steps and you continue in this way above the green
valley. The concrete becomes a nice pavement again and finally, you get
to the bend of a concrete road, where you go RIGHT .
The nice path  to Livádi.
(0h23) You arrive in front of the gate of a large house with a beautiful garden: you go left, between the house and a wall , and then you cross the valley by following a path that continues straight. You still pass next to a meadow surrounded by walls - remember that the name "Livádia" means "meadows" ...
You veer to the right, the old paved path now runs along a small river and reaches a splendid spot, near the old bridge of Livádia, between rows of cypresses.
An old bridge in Livádia.
You descend some steps, then you go left to cross the water on stepping stones. On the other side, you follow the small concrete road to the right . It continues in the valley between two rows of huge cypresses - and you thus get to the asphalt road.
(0h29) Over here, you cross the bridge to the right  - Livádia lies on the left -, but you then continue diagonally to the left on a small concrete road that starts between a paved road and a marble yard (hiking sign  and [17a] Mon. Panachrántou 4.2 km). You still follow the course of the river, you cross the concrete bridge to the left and you reach, on the other side, the bifurcation of hikes  and [17a]: hike  continues straight while your hike [17a] continues to the right (sign  400 m Káto Chorió / [17a] Mon. Panachrántou 3,9 km).
(0h32) So you are following the road to the left of the river; after 5 minutes, this road crosses the water and you continue to the right of the river bed; the asphalt becomes gravel, you still cross the water on stepping stones, and again a few minutes later – so you continue to the right of the river.
(0h43) Pay attention: a little later, when the road goes left to cross the water, you continue straight on a path that was recently mowed (no signposting yet!). You arrive again next to the water and you see sea turtles on some big rocks - a beautiful spot with water lapping! A little further, you follow the road again, while you keep to the right; you come to a clearing where you still keep to the right, the road becomes a trail along the reeds, and, next to a plane tree, you cross the water to the left (picket [17a]).
(0h48) It is here that begins an old staircase between walls [17a]; above, you continue on a beautiful trail that runs almost flatly between walls, a "stení".
An old staircase and another nice path!
Some 4 minutes later, you cross a small dry river bed, you go left for a
while, then right [17a] and you see in front of you a nice staircase
[17a]. At first, it climbs in the shadow, then it continues on many old
steps on a more open terrain. You zigzag ever higher and higher and the
view behind you becomes also more and more panoramic - Chóra lies to the
far right, right in front of you you see the line of the houses of
Messariá with the Kaïri tower, and you also distinguish the bends of
path  that descends from Messariá to the (still invisible) bridge of
The monopáti with, still far away, our goal, the monastery.
(1h20) After 10 minutes, you get to the route of hike , which comes from the left from Vrachnoú (hiking sign Vrachnoú 3,2 km / Livádia 4,7 km). You continue up to the right ( and  + hiking sign), but soon you reach the junction where the path on the right goes the ruined village of Pétrias and where walk  takes a right too – see the hike Chóra – Vrachnoú – Petriás – Fállika – Aladinoú - Vakóni. You go up to the left and the following climb is very nice again. After yet another 4-5 minutes, in one of the many curves, you can stop for some moments to enjoy the marvelous view; there is an obvious trail marker  on a beautiful, upright stone.
A nice spot to have some rest, with a good view on the ruins of Petriás.
Beneath you, you notice the ruins of the deserted
village of Petriás, to the left and nearby you see Fállika, on the
plateau nearby you distinguish the obvious bifurcation of hikes  and
[17a], from where you come, and far away, across the wide valley, you
can see Pitrofós and its church, high up and to the left; a bit lower
there is the village of Aladinoú, then Menites among the many cypresses;
more to the right you notice the row of houses of Messariá (with the
blue dome and the residential tower of Kaïri), further on there are the
villages of Lámyra and Ypsilou, with Chóra to the far right!
The yellow broom in Spring...
After one last turn to the left and to the right
you arrive at the new asphalt road - it used to be a gravel road and now
there is also a large parking lot.
The inner yard of the monastery.
The Iera Moni Panachrántou - sometimes also called Agios Panteleimonas – is located at an altitude of 500 m; one of the 6 monks who live there receives you with fresh water and loukoúm and shows you around. He says that the monastery dates from the 10th century, but the oldest historical evidence goes only back to the 16th century. In the church you can see a beautiful icon and a beautiful wooden ikonostási, dating from the 18th century. In the courtyards there is flowing water from the wells and also the large dining room and the old kitchen are very interesting. Unfortunately, the rich library is not accessible.
The beautiful ikonostási in the monastery of Panachrántou.
When walking around, you definitely have to climb to the very top: the view on top of the terraces is really beautiful.
The dome of the church, with, deep and far, Chóra.
For the return route you
take a left sharply, beyond the entry arch, in order to follow the
asphalt road along the side and the back of the monastery. In the curve
of the road, with a well on the right, the path continues straight on,
under the trees (hiking piquet  and an old sign Fállika 45’ /
The viewpoint with the beautiful panoramic view of Fállika.
After another 135 steps you arrive at the first side path on the left,
which leads to the ruins of the deserted village of Pétrias – hike 
also starts to the left here, to Fállika and Aladinoú (hiking sign). Of
course you continue straight ahead – your path  thus follows for a
few moments the route of hike  –, but
(2h30) About 2 minutes later, you get to the obvious bifurcation between walls: the main path  straight ahead goes to Messariá - see the walk Chóra - Ménites - Messariá - Panachrántou and back -, while you should take a right here ([17a] and hiking sign Livádia 2,4 km / Chóra 4,5 km).
The hiking sign at the bifurcation of paths  and [17a].
The first 3 minutes, you follow a beautiful trail between walls, then you reach the edge of the plateau where you descend to the right on a staircase that goes zigzagging down for 11 minutes, with some 460 uneven and sometimes very small steps.
The splendid path back to Livádia.
While descending you see on the left and
in front of you, on the other slope, the trail  going up from Stichioméni bridge to Messariá. After a beautiful descent on this old
rocky stairs, you arrive down and you go right to cross the small bed
A splendid stretch between nice walls...
(2h49) You cross the water on
stepping stones and you continue to the right on the other side (piquet
[17a]). The grassy path quickly becomes a dirt road that you follow a
little less than 4 minutes down to the water: you remain to the LEFT
water - you continue a little more than a minute, until you get again to
The wooden bridge of Baxédes.
(3h25) The concrete path becomes paved and after another 2 minutes, you take of course a right  and you follow the road straight for another 7 minutes - and so you arrive in Chóra, between the 2 parking lots. You go up obliquely to the left, but at the top of the upper parking, you keep to the right, then you go left towards the beginning of the pedestrian street. Here, you take a right and so you get first to the big square and then to the church. (3h36)