Léfkes - Panagía Thapsánoon - Parikiá
This long walk follows the
same route as the walk Parikiá - Panagía Thapsanoón - Léfkes, but in reverse.
It thus follows beautiful trails through the interior of the island - most of
these trails are not (yet) on the map of Terrain Maps or Anavasi...
The hiking sign in Léfkes.
You pass just next to some houses, and a little further you get to the upper asphalt road that you follow to the right until beyond the crossroads. You there see on the left side the continuation of the walk, a small road that follows the route of the Byzantine road: the pavement is very nice and the descent is steep.
A stretch of the "Byzantine road".
You already can see, on the other slope of the valley, the path you will follow,
with a chapel and a house, where the path will run between two walls ...
The Byzantine bridge,
The nice monopáti to
(1h09) Once at the bottom, you go left, but pay attention now: 50 meters further and just before you reach a border of reeds on the left slope, you should seek the path that rises sharply to the right, but that is almost invisible because of the broom. This narrow path with its very uneven pavement goes up quickly in sharp turns; after 5 minutes, there is a very overgrown and flat stretch. You climb again, the trail becomes difficult and then more clear again – and the monastery appears in front of you. Finally, you get to a small gravel road, about 15 meters to the left of a gate.
(1h25) You take a left of course and
you thus arrive to the right of the large "sweet" building of the Panagía
The monastery of the Panagía Thapsanoón.
continuation of the walk, you should retrace your steps for a few
moments while following the wall of the convent
and you continue until the
gravel road splits up, near a large electricity pole. You take a left,
but immediately thereafter you find a concrete path off the left again.
This path descends between walls, straight in the direction of the
faraway bay of Parikiá.
(1h44) You continue and you get a beautiful view on the Péra Panagía again.
The Péra Panagía.
You get to a few
subsidences and slightly further the trail is also overgrown again.
After 4-5 minutes, though, the monopáti becomes broader and it descends
between broom and olive trees. The trail gets even broader and shortly
thereafter you go straight ahead, obviously. Some 2 minutes later the
trail becomes narrower and stony; all together about 14 minutes after
your departure from the bed of the river underneath Péra Panagía you
reach the stony bed of the river besides the filling station again.
clamber towards the left inside the bed, you sometimes find a small
stretch of trail on the right, you then arrive in the bed again, and you
follow a small stretch of trail on your left-hand side.
You proceed in the bed, but after about 6 minutes you finally find a
a couple of minutes you rise above the valley and then you gradually go
down for about 15 minutes,
first with a view on the sea and then on Parikiá.
The descent towards Parikiá.
Towards the end
the road becomes rockier and then it turns into a gravel road. About 17
minutes after the valley you thus reach the first house and the
beginning of a concrete road.
3 minutes you
get to another street, just before the sports field. You go left for
about one minute and then you take the gravel road off the right.
couple of minutes later the road turns into concrete again and then you
continue straight ahead all the time – for about 15-16 minutes, until you reach the ring road of Parikiá. You then follow
the meandering street for another 5 minutes until you arrive at the
mitrópoli, recognizable by the blue domes and the double towers.
(2h48) You find the centre of Parikiá on your right-hand side.