Kamári - Théra - Profítis Ilías - Pýrgos
There are different ways to hike up to the top of the Profítis Ilías -
see among others the walks Vóthonas - Pýrgos - Profítis Ilías - Théra -
Períssa and Emborió - Pýrgos - Profítis Ilías - Théra - Períssa. During
the hike Vóthonas - Pýrgos - Emborió, you can also make a detour to the
Profítis Ilías ...
The hiking sign indicating the beginning ot the path to Théra.
(0h05) The trail winds up the
slope of the impressive mountain and the panoramic view over the coast
and Anáfi quickly becomes beautiful.
The curves of the trail to Théra.
(0h19) After 14 minutes, you
arrive at the chapel of Zoödóchos Pigí, with next to it a cave with a
spring. To the left and right of the chapel, there are different
possibilities to climb the rocks.
The trail to the ancient Théra goes up on the opposite hill Mésa Vounó (366 m). The excavations of the ancient Théra already started in 1816 and they extend over some 800 metres. They show remnants of housing from the 9th century AD until the Roman time. There are remnants of a couple of agora's (market places), plenty of houses, a small theatre, Roman baths, cisterns, a holy road, etc. You definitely have to walk all the way to the end, till the terrace of the Gymnopaidía, supported by large retaining walls. These Gymnopaidia date from the 6th century AD and it was the place where naked boys danced to celebrate the god Apollo. The view over Períssa is extraordinary!]
Overlooking the little theatre...
(0h32) After getting down, you
start to climb the Profítis Ilías: a clear pumice path  begins on the
other side of the roundabout. It rises slowly at first, but the climb
itself begins later: a narrow monopáti  climbs rapidly for 13
minutes, winding on the right slope of the mountain - there are
occasional cairns or small trail markers with the number . Make sure
you stay on the main trail, especially in the sharp turns which are
marked by large cairns. You finally arrive against a high rock-face,
where you take a left.
Walk  goes up on the slope of the Profítis Ilías.
After 2 minutes, you continue on the slope - take the time to rest a bit and
enjoy the view of the island, Firá, Ia and the airfield, and of the islands of
Anáfi (right) and Ios and Síkinos (left); on a clear day, you can even
distinguish Náxos and Amorgós.
(1h16) After another 9 minutes, you
arrive at the top. You have an exceptional panorama, not only throughout the
island, with Firá, Ia, the volcano and Thirasiá, but also on many islands -
these are (from the left to the right) Folégandros, Síkinos, Ios, Náxos, the
Small Cyclades and Amorgós.
The monastery of Profítis Ilías.
(1h16) For the continuation of the
walk, you follow the
asphalt road going down
for 1-2 minutes, then you
can cut the first turn on a concrete staircase. You come again on the road,
which you follow for another 4 minutes.
The path going down to Pýrgos.(1h33) After 9-10 beautiful minutes, you come next to a wall, and then again between 2 walls - and you continue now a little to the left of the ridge. The pavement has disappeared sometimes and the trail continues on pumice.
(1h40) Again 7 minutes later, you pass on the right side of a chapel with a big white dome, and finally you arrive at the asphalt road again, nearby the first houses of Pýrgos.
[Approximately 10 meters to the left, you see the sign indicating the trailhead to Emborió - see the last part of the walk Vóthonas - Pýrgos - Emborió.]
You take a right of course and you follow the road for 4-5 minutes; you take then the paved street diagonally to the right (sign + ).
[About 2 minutes later, there is a paved road that goes to the right : this is the beginning of the short walk to Mésa Goniá - see the walk Pýrgos - Mésa Goniá and back.]
You continue straight into the concrete street and you thus arrive at the right of a paved square: you sharply go to the left, up to the square, and there you take the pedestrian street on the right - it leads up to the Platía Stefánou Melékou, the center of Pýrgos. The bus stop is on the right side. (1h54)