Messariá - Ménites - Lámira - Chóra
This hike is a variant of the hikes from Chóra to Ménites, but it
leaves from Messariá, which turns it into a fairly short one. Also this
hike combines two aspects: you discover one of the most watery areas of
the island with the marvellous valley of Ménites, and you have a great
view on the large valley above Chóra. All the way back you get
beautiful panoramic views on this little town. This hike gets an
evaluation of ***.
The hike from Messariá to Ménites takes only 25 minutes in actual
walking time (AWT); from there to Lámira you will walk for about 35
minutes and the way back to Chóra takes another 50 to 55 minutes. This
actual hiking time of 1h55 means a hike of about half a day: we took the
bus to Messariá at noon and we hiked till 6pm, taking into account a
break of almost 2 hours at Ménites – this is thus an total walking
time (TWT) of 4 hours.
The busses from Chóra to Batsí and Gávrio or to Ormos Korthíou also
pass in Messariá. Usually, but not always, they follow the road running
underneath the village. You should ask the bus driver to get off at the
trail that goes up, leading to the centre to Messariá in a couple of
minutes ("Boríte na stamatísete kondá sto monopáti pou paï stin
The residential tower of Kaïri in Messariá.
Just past the
tavern of Diónysos you find a narrow street going to the right- over
here you also see the trail marker  of the hike to Ménites. You go
down the staircase and after one minute you take a left on another trail
(note the blue dot): the concrete path runs along a small water shoot,
above the green valley and with the village of Ménites in front of you.
After some 3 minutes the trail turns into gravel and slightly further
you go straight ahead twice ( or a blue dot) – the trail has turned
into concrete again.
Soon thereafter you reach a curve and you notice the trail marker  twice, just before two small bridges. You continue straight ahead, across the first bridge, but BEFORE the second bridge you take a green trail off the left (no indications!). This trail leads you through a green valley and it goes up. After a little under a minute you see a small water fall, on your left and on a very shaded spot.
A lot of water in the valley underneath Ménites.
You climb up on a
rocky staircase, you cross a small gutter and you keep going up between
lots of bushes and streaming water. After another 2-3 minutes you arrive
at the corner of a house and you keep to the right . You get to some
concrete steps, you then cross another gutter and you walk for quite a
while on the right-hand side of this gutter.
you keep to the right on a concrete stretch, but a little later you take
a left, between houses and a tall and thin water fall. You keep
going up on concrete steps and at the house with the no. 37 you go left;
later on, when you reach a lot of water pipes, you take a right. By
means of a few white steps you thus get back to the main street
the rubbish on the terrace, this is a marvellous spot to have a rest,
under the large trees, midst the gurgling of the water of the wells and
of the river in the deep valley. If you feel like eating something, you
should try the fourtália, an omelette with potatoes and sausage...
After a break you
can also climb to the church to admire the beautiful bas-reliefs dating
from the year 1808.
The church of Ménites.
You then descend again and on the opposite side you continue going down the staircase. At the house with no. 53 you go straight ahead, but a little further you take a left sharply. Slightly further down you take a right and then you follow the staircase going down all the way. Finally, you get to the concrete path besides a water shoot. After about 4 minutes you arrive at a small waterfall, a little further down you take a right at a balustrade. Thereafter you DO NOT proceed straight ahead on a flat trail, but you take a sharp left onto a staircase.
little further you thus reach the path of hike no. : you DO NOT take
the trail on the right (which leads to Messariá), but you go left again
( and a blue dot). You thus cross the large bridge, you walk on a
nicely paved stretch alongside a house and along some water where you
can even spot little crabs. You then pass a pigeon tower and you
continue on a beautiful and flat trail running above the valley.
A beautiful spot on the path  under Ménites.
A pigeon tower on the path from Ménites to Lámira.
following the signs  and gradually you get closer to the houses of
Messariá, on the opposite side of the valley. When you get to a trail
off the right, you proceed straight ahead and further down, at a kind of
crossing between walls, you go up on the left  – you have now been
walking for 9 minutes since you crossed the large bridge.
One minute later
you go through a metal gate and 4 minutes later through another small
metal gate. After a horizontal stretch you now climb up again slightly;
you get at the height of the Kaïri-tower and then, all of a sudden, you
are really overwhelmed by the view on the village of Chóra, although still
far away. The following stretch is marvellous again, sometimes between
nice walls, until you reach a great spot, after another 5 minutes. You
are now near a small bridge and underneath two beautiful maple trees and
the trail curves to the right. On the left you notice an old stone with
the inscription that this road was constructed by a certain K. Eilpeïri
You now get to some depressions in the trail, but you can continue straight ahead without problems until you reach a concrete trail midst the first houses of Lámira. Some metres further you get to another path where hike no.  goes to the left – there are quite a bit of water pipes and straight across the original white and blue chimney is really striking – the trail on the right descends to Messariá, but we go to the left.
About 3 minutes later you cross a gravel road, but on the opposite side a concrete staircase continues ( and blue dots). After 2 more minutes you arrive at an asphalt road which you follow upwards until you get underneath the church of Lámira a little later on. Over there your trail continues via a staircase on the right of a new house (there is also a little bench with a stone of remembrance dating from 1969). You now walk on a nicely paved path again between beautiful houses and you pass a nice well from the year 1840. After one minute you reach the Platía 28 Oktovríou with straight across the nice Parthenagogío, a former institute for young girls. You go up the staircase on the left, you take a sharp left after 2-3 minutes  and you then cross the asphalt road.
Panoramic view on Chóra from Lámira.
climb is fairly steep and some 8-9 minutes after the church of Lámira
you go right between houses and then you take a right again immediately
– slightly further you arrive at a nice well, painted in yellow. Over
here you have to watch out for a moment: you should continue straight
ahead (blue dot) and you proceed on the right-hand side of the church of
Ipsiloú. You walk above the road for a short while and then you get to
the road, which you follow for 1-2 minutes. At that point you find the
trail  again on the right-hand side. Shortly thereafter you get to
the first well of Ipsiloú, dating from 1763.
Later on you go
to the right  and you go down steeply; one minutes thereafter, at the
corner of a white house with a tall chimney, you take a left (there is only a blue dot). You are then guided by the dots and the
figure , also at the point where you have to go up on the left again.
You reach a well again, now dating from 1842. A little further
you take a sharp right again. You
then walk alongside a streaming water shoot for quite a long time, until
you arrive at the final "paradosiakí kríni Ipsiloú"
(traditional well of Ipsiloú). This is a beautiful spot, shaded by a
large oak tree; according to the inscription this old well dates from
the year 1818.
A well in Ipsiloú.
After going down
for some 10 minutes on a sometimes sloppy path you get to a concrete
road, where you take a right. Some 3 minutes later you thus reach a
bed of a river, with a large wooden pedestrian bridge.
At this point you
can go straight ahead – higher up, at the gymnásio, you will then get
to the main street of Chóra.