This walks leads
from Chóra to Ano Merá, the ancient capital of the island, while
paved roads and a
few trails. Deserves **.
translation of this walk was
made with some help of Google translate - so, do not mind the
The actual walking
time (AWT) for walking to the beach of Ftélia is about 1h50, and then it
takes 40 minutes to reach Ano Merá. The actual time thus amounts to a
total of 2h20 - we walked a little more than four hours (total time),
from 10.00am to 2.15pm...
You can already see the Bóni mill from the square with the taxis, so you
take the stairs towards the mill, which goes up between the restaurants
located at the rear of the place. While keeping a little to the left,
you ascend a beautiful old staircase, which eventually reaches the
asphalt road, near a chapel with a red roof - a little to the right
stands the Bóni mill, where the Museum of Agriculture is located. You
enjoy a beautiful view of Chóra.
The Bóni mill.
Panoramic view from
next to the Bóni mill.
(0h06) After your visit of
the mill, you should retrace your steps for a while, in order to take
the staircase in front of the chapel: it rises between old and new
houses. You keep to the left, the steps become concrete and so you get
to the upper road, next to the Shell petrol station.
(0h12) You go to the left,
and continue straight on at the roundabout (direction Ftélia and Ano
Merá). You should now follow this broad road for 10 minutes.
(0h22) A little beyond the
Hondos Center, you take a small road to the LEFT (sign to Agios
Aléxandros). Two 2 minutes later, there is a junction where you keep to
the right; the little road veers left, but near the next junction, you
again keep to the right - and you still continue between the houses. You
descend into the interior of the island and close to a heavy wall that
surrounds a beautiful house, you keep to the left. But at the angle of a
wall, you do NOT go left, but you continue straight on a vague "path"
strewn with construction waste.
(0h37) The trail becomes
better, you go left at a bifurcation and you continue pleasantly for
another 3 minutes – but then there is again a concrete road near other
brand new houses - on the left, you see everywhere new constructions!
You continue on the concrete road towards the lake you already are
seeing. You veer left and you get to a crossroad: in front there is a
useless path, you thus turn right. You continue straight on a winding
road, but about 10 meters before reaching another crossroad, you can
finally take a grassy path that begins on the LEFT side, between a wall
and utility poles.
(0h44) You follow this rather
nice trail for 3 minutes - there are flowers, but also a lot of plastic,
and you again arrive on concrete, next to new houses.
Finally, there is a
short stretch of a trail...
(0h50) You get in this way to
the asphalt road that you follow to the right; after 4-5 minutes, you
arrive at a crossroads next to the chapel of Agios Panteleímonas. You
turn right here, but after 400 meters or 5 minutes, you go left, right
to the artificial lake: here you discover another aspect of Mýkonos,
with a landscape spoiled by trash, old and new buildings, concrete
pipes, old trucks, etc.
A lot of trash, the
ugly aspect of Mýkonos...
(1h06) You thus arrive next
to the storage lake of Maráthi and you follow the gravel road to the
right: it follows in wide turns the shore of the artificial lake, and
this for about 1 km.
After 14 minutes, you take the small side road up to the right, just
before some new houses with further a chapel with a red roof. But
already after 20-30 meters, you find in a bend a wide trail that starts
on the left between walls, straight to the beach of Ftélia. This trail
is sometimes so overgrown with grass (spring 2013), that you are obliged
to continue to the right of the trail, on the terraces. You describe a
few turns left and right and you pass an old and a new well.
(1h31) After a little more
than 11 minutes, you arrive between a small square building and a chapel
with a red roof: here there is a narrow trail that continues straight,
but we prefer to keep to the RIGHT along the chapel, in order to follow
a gravel road which becomes further concrete. You may not take a left
too fast, but only after 4-5 minutes, where the concrete becomes gravel,
you should take the trail that starts on the left between walls.
(1h35) Now you can finally follow a
grassy and nice monopáti for 8 minutes.
A nice trail ... for 8
Halfway, you pass through a gate in reinforcing steel, and towards the
end, you pass through two other gates, the second of which is very
difficult to open. You veer left and you get to a small asphalt road,
which you follow to the left of course. The road becomes sandy, and
after 2 minutes, there is a junction where you keep to the LEFT (to the
right, a sign indicates the beach bar Alemagou).
(1h50) You reach the beach that is
dirty and not very appealing - maybe it will be better in summer?
The beach of Ftélia.
You follow the beach to the right for 3-4 minutes, until you come to a small
rocky cape: here you take the sandy road to the right, which winds through piles
of sand, sometimes strewn with rubbish - and you continue towards the beginning
of the paved road.
You follow this road uphill for a few minutes, then you get in a right turn.
(2h05) Fortunately, you can take a
small gravel road on the left – it passes a few houses and a chapel. Just past
the last house, you take the wide path that goes up between walls, in front of
This steep trail gets after 5 minutes again to the asphalt road and so you
continue up to Ano Merá.
Just beyond the war memorial, you should take the street diagonally to the
right: it leads up to the famous monastery of Tourlianí, with the big platía to
the right. (2h18)
The monastery of
Panagía Tourlianí is located along one of the long sides of the square. At first
sight this monastery looks rather insignificant, hidden behind a heavy outer
wall. But behind the wall and the fortified gate you find an elegant church
dating from 1767. In that year the church was rebuilt after the destruction of
an earlier monastery from the 16th century.
The fortified wall of the Tourlianí-monastery.
monastery contains a lot of cells and it is much bigger than expected;
also the elegant campanile, built with marble from Tínos, is remarkable.
The bell tower of the Panagía Tourlianí.
decorated and baroque ikonostási is striking as well – it is made by craftsmen from Florence
and it dates from the year 1775.
The beautiful ikonostási
in the monastery of Tourliani.
[In April 2013, there were buses back to Chóra a little after 1pm and 5pm.]
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