In and around Chóra
This is not really a hike, but rather a short introduction to Chóra and
its surroundings. You walk up to the Panagía-church, where you have a
marvellous view; you then walk through the kástro and over the pleasant
little squares of Chóra, and for a short while you discover the trails
to the north-west of the town – after this introduction you are ready
to go ahead with the other hikes on this island. Obviously this hike
gets an evaluation of ***.
You can stroll through Chóra as long as you want to, of course. To walk
to Panagía takes 10 minutes and also the monopátia down to Chóra only
takes about 10 minutes.
On your arrival in Chóra and especially when this is your first time to
visit the town, it is a good idea to first go to the edge of the bus
square: over there you have a fantastic view on the rocks and on the
deep sea. On the right, between the little monument and the school,
there is a road leading up to the Panagía – it might be better to
first climb up there, also to admire the panoramic view. A little higher
up, near the cemetery, a concrete path meanders further up and after a
lot of bends you reach the fairly modern church – after a climb of 10
minutes and 800 metres.
The way that meanders up to the Panagía.
Along the way you
have a magnificent view on the staggering cliffs on which Chóra is
built. Up there you can climb to the dome of the church, for an even
better view. In this 19th-century-church there are still old
fragments of pillars and there is also a statue which is converted into
a clock tower.
Panoramic view over Chóra, from the Panagia-church.
You return via the
same route and you then go into the actual village of Chóra. At the
shaded little squares you can find plenty of nice restaurants and
terraces, and the kástro is one of the most authentic spots of the
The picturesque central street of the kastro.
You walk back to
the first square and from there you can go to the second, central
square, I Piátsa. On this square you find a couple of truly beautiful
churches and also the restaurants Piátsa and Melíssa.
Next to I Piatsa
there is a third square, with the old facade of a ruined church and the
restaurant O Kritikos in front of it.
Further on there
is even a fourth square with the restaurant O Asygkrito, and a fifth
square with the taverns Nikos and Araksovoli; this is also the
neighbourhood with a lot of shops.
When you return to
the first square, you can try out the beginning of one of the hikes.
The monopáti just outside Chóra.
You now walk on a beautiful old staircase, which goes down between
the terraces. After
some 3 minutes the staircase goes further down to the right – later on
you will have to return to this spot to continue by keeping to the left.
But first you can continue to go down a little further – behind you
there is a magnificent view on the location of Chóra, with the Panagía
above the town.
You then go back
and you walk further away from Chóra on the broad, stony trail. Another
3 minutes later you do not take the vague trail off the right, but you
continue in the direction of the houses in front of you, by going up
1 minute you get to a trail coming from the left: it is possible to go
straight ahead here - and this is actually the route of the hike to Angáli
(see for example the hike Chóra - Angáli -
Chóra) - , but today you
stick to your short introduction. You thus take a left and after some 10
minutes you arrive again at the first square, this time on the other
side of the town hall.