Ioulída - Messariá - Episkopí - Profítis Ilías and back |
||
Evaluation:
The middle part of the long walk [3] from Ioulída via the Profitis Ilías
and Elliniká to Karthéa follows the asphalt road for a couple of
kilometers- it is therefore tempting to split that long walk. The first
part, described in this walk, leads to the Profitis Ilías - a very nice
stretch, with beautiful paths, and a nice detour to the church of
Episkopí. This hike therefore deserves the maximum evaluation of ****. Route description: (0h00) For all hikes departing from Chóra you leave from the upper parking lot (with bus stop). You walk on the left of the small shop of Kianos, through the picturesque arched passage (the stóa). In this way you arrive at a tiny square, the Piátsa, with the outdoor terrace of the café/estiatório I Piátsa. The Piátsa. The stóa that leads to the Piátsa.
The small street on
the left leads to the Kástro (hiking sign [2]), but you take a right
(hiking sign for the hikes [1], [3], [4], [10] and [1]), through a
modern vault, to the centre. After some 20 metres you keep to the right:
in front of you, you can see the church with the red dome of the Agios
Dimítrios. You pass the nice bar + outdoor terrace En Levkoó and via the
Odós A. Lazarídi it takes you a few hundred metres to get to the central
square, the "platía", with the "dimarchío" or town hall. The hiking sign in Ioulída, at the beginning of walk [3]. (0h06) You thus take a right into the Odós Ilía Malavózou, which is a nice staircase street. After 14-15 steps you go up straight across and to the right [3] and further on you keep to the left [3]. After 77 steps you pass a chapel [3]: the street continues to go up and by means of a small, climbing concrete road, you leave the village after 4 minutes; on the left you have a nice view on the site of the Lion. View on the site of the Lion and path [1].
Another 2-3 minutes later you pass a nice well
+ washing-place; from here, the view on the location of the Lion and on
the trail of hike [1], which runs past the cemetery, above the Lion and
then further on, is the most beautiful. The following climb up is really
steep and then you arrive at the asphalt road; the staircase continues
on the opposite side [3].
(0h19)
The beautiful path, which is in the beginning a broad and paved
staircase, later on an rocky path and a little road, passes a few
houses. Some 4-5 minutes later it gets to a little asphalt road, where
you go diagonally to the left and you arrive at the asphalt road after
about one minute.
(0h27)
A gravel road continues straight across ( [3] on the left-hand wall).
Almost immediately, the monopáti continues on the right [3], and it is
nicely paved now and then. After another 5 minutes, at a tall
electricity pole, there is a junction: trail [3] continues on the left.
The path is now narrow and
stony and it descends gradually for about 3 minutes; it then continues
as a grassy and flat monopati [3], dug in between walls. (0h38) At a bifurcation, the trail goes up to the left [3], but past some ruins, it goes down again; you reach in this way a road that ends here [3]: you take a left for a short while, but immediately, you take a sharp right [3]. The beautiful path descends between walls for about 4 minutes, it goes up again and it arrives at a wonderful well with clear, potable water - the sign indicates the year 1879. The well in Messariá.
(0h47) You take the nice
staircase going up on the left and after 2 minutes already, you reach a
clear three-forked junction, where the hikes [3] and [4] split: walk [3]
continues up on the right, and straight ahead you could go to Sykamiá
(via walk [4]) and also to the old monastery of Episkopí.
[If you prefer not to make the detour to Episkopí, you go up to the
right here – see below under point
(1h02).]
(0h49)
Today you first make a small detour via Episkopí and you therefore take
a LEFT ([4] and blue dots) – afterwards, you will have to return here.
The beginning of the path to Episkopí. At the sign "Náos Episkopís" you open an iron gate and you continue to the remnants of an old tower (some ancient construction elements are incorporated into this tower) and the impressive (but closed) church of the monastery. These ancient construction elements (also the altar has assimilated a Doric capital) indicate that an antique temple used to be situated on this spot. Unfortunately, though, the view is limited to the Profítis Ilías and its summit is covered by aerials. Notice how the tower is built on a natural rock platform. The site of Episkopí. |
The beautiful church of Episkopí, with some ancient elements in the wall.
(0h56)
After your visit you return the same way you came and at the gravel road
you take a left, obviously.
[A little further you can follow a little road straight ahead, so you
would arrive at point (1h07) below
- this route is a little bit shorter.]
We prefer to take the path on the right (sign and [4]) in order to
return to the main path. There, you take a left, of course, and after 2
minutes you reach the nice crossroads, where you now take a left [3].
(1h02)
At first,
you follow a beautifully shaded staircase; later on it turns into a
regular path. After 5 minutes this path brings you to the gravel road
coming from Episkopí and then it
gets to the asphalt road, on the right.
(1h07)
You take a RIGHT – against your expectation -
for only one minute and between two houses you find to the LEFT
the beginning of your trail [3] again, between walls (the hiking sign “Profítis
Ilías 25 minutes” and the trail marker [3] had disappeared in October
2015).
The nice monopáti close to the Profítis Ilías. (1h29) This stretch is followed by some 4 wonderful minutes, while climbing up on the shaded path. In this way you arrive at the highest point and, surprisingly, the top of the Profitis Ilias is nearby, on the left - the view on the right, on the valley planted with oak trees, is equally beautiful. A little further on you reach the gravel road that runs to the top.
[Walk [3] continues on the right and very shortly afterwards the old path begins
again. For the continuation of walk [3], see the walk Ioulída - Profitis Ilías -
Karthéa.]
In
order to continue to the top you have to take a LEFT: soon you reach a little
concrete road that climbs to the summit while describing a few turns. This
summit is marred by 4 antennae and a windmill. From here you do see a large part
of the green island - from the southwest to the northeast -, and also parts of
Attica, Makrónissos, Evia and Andros.
(1h35)
For the way back, you follow the same path – except for the detour to
Episkopí, of course. The beautiful pavement of monopáti [3].
(1h59)
After 22 beautiful minutes, you reach a narrow gravel path, and in this
way you arrive at the asphalt road, where you go right.
(12h04)
You follow the asphalt road to the right for only 70 meters, and then
you take a gravel road off the left (signpost Church Episkopí). Almost
immediately there is a narrow path on the left (signpost Ioulída 40' and
[3]). You descend for 3-4 minutes on a nice rocky or paved path -
sometimes between a mass of butterflies. After 4 minutes already you
arrive at the important crossroads where the path to the right leads to
Episkopí (and continues to Sykamiá), but you descend to the left, of
course, in a side-valley.
(2h10) You go down on a wonderful staircase and you soon reach the beautiful source of Messariá. The well of Messariá.
You curve to the
right and a little further you continue your descent to the right, into
a small valley – and soon you go up again on nice steps.
(2h28)
You now follow another beautiful and nicely paved stretch, and then you
go up to a little asphalt road. You arrive at this road after again 4
minutes, and you keep left. You soon reach the main road, where you
follow the little asphalt road straight ahead ([3] and signpost Ag.
Paraskeví / Míli).
(2h36)
A little bit further your path continues obliquely to the right, to the
left of a small ruin, and soon it becomes a nicely paved staircase.
After another 5 minutes you get to the main road again, but a little
concrete road descends straight ahead.
(2h44)
A few minutes later, next to a relatively modern source from 1952, you
have a beautiful view over Ioulída and the kástro, and on the right over
the site of the Lion. After a little over 6 minutes, the steps begin and
you descend always straight ahead; after 91 steps, you get to the main
street, where you take a left of course in order to return to your
starting point on the Piátsa. (2h58)
Gpx-files:
In
order to get the printer-friendly version |