Kíni - Delfíni - Varvaroússa and back
This walk connects the
well- known beach of Kíni with the less popular beach of Delfíni, and then
continues with a beautiful path to the lovely and lonely beach of Varvaroússa.
Starting from here, there are other paths to Papoúri - see the hike Papoúri -
Varvaroússa and ( according to the Anávasi-map) even to Chartianá - but the
latter path is still not to be found.
In Kíni you walk to the
right along the beach promenade and at the far end you go up the concrete
staircase. In this way, you get to a small house with some barking – but tied up
– dogs; this is the start of the beautiful path, running all the way above the
sea. After a few minutes already you can see the small island of Delfíni; the
trail is easy and very pleasant, although the rocky capes are not really
(0h16) After some 15 minutes the bay of Delfíni appears and another 5 minutes later you arrive at the beach already. The beach consists of pebbles and sand; there is no shadow, but there is a tavern at the far end.
The bay of Delfíni.
[If you would like to continue along the coast, to the beach of Varvaroússa, you should walk to the other side of the beach. Over there, a little higher up and between the beach and a wall, you will find an obvious trail.[Already in 2007, I had tried to walk up to the beach of Varvaroússa: following the Anávasi-map, I thought that the trail that continued at the end of the beach and near the edge of the water, was the right path - this trail however came to a dead end after some time ...
In August 2008, Philippe Lutz sent me a mail with information about the right path! He wrote: "The right path does not follow the sea, but goes much higher. The trailhead is at the back of the tavern Delfini. "
With these clarifications, I was able to find the right path, on May 26, 2009
You could also have a look at the magnificent site of Philippe, with beaufiful photos od the Cyclades – see www.la-photo-of-jour.com!]
(0h26) You this may not take the obvious path at the end of the beach of Delfíni that continues straight, but you should walk a bit to the right, inland, to pass through the narrow passage between a wall and the restaurant.
When the gravel road turns right beyond another restaurant, you see a gate on the left, next to a wall that runs upwards and at first sight seems completely useless (red marks) . You pass smoothly through the bars of the closed gate, then you follow the path that winds up quickly and offers a beautiful view of the bay.
Looking behind you towards the bay of Delfíni.
(0h39) About 7 minutes later, the
gravel road becomes more vague and turns right, but you see in front of
you a narrow gravel path.
You climb on this trail, which passes after a few minutes through a
breach in a wall (colored markings).
The climb is steady and you see many yellow, blue and red marks.
You finally arrive on a rocky cape, from where you enjoy a truly
wonderful view over the bay of Varvaroússa with in front of it in the
deep blue waters the islet of the same name.
The nice bay of Varvaroússa.
(0h54) You finally arrive at the beach passing again through a breach in a wall, right next to the water. Varvaroússa is truly an amazing beach, composed both of sand and pebbles, and you can easily spend a few hours over here. There are no trees, indeed, but the water is calm; the sea is shallow, so the water is not too cold, even so early in the year. There is a little island in front of the bay – and since the beach is totally deserted, you might even want to swim naked.
The splendid beach of Varvaroússa..
[You could continue to Papoúri, see the second part of the walk Papoúri -
Back in Kíni.