Ormos Korthíou - Rogó - Lardiá - Gianniséo - Mésa Vouní - Exo Vouní
This hike explores the region between Ormos Korthíou and the hill ridge
that separates the deep valley of Dipotámata from the large valley of
the Megálos Potamós - this is a hill crest with summits such as
the Gerakónas (719 m) and the Tsirovlidhi (722 m). The hike then also
goes up via an endless number of steps and with a great panoramic view
on the bay of Kórthi, all the way till Mésa Vouní, situated at an
altitude of 600 metres. This hike is fairly well indicated with the
trail marker , except on a number of critical spots. This hike
deserves an evaluation of ***.
According to the sign at your point of departure in Ormos Korthíou it
takes 40 minutes to Lardiá, one hour and a half till Mésa Vouní and
2h05 to Exo Vouní. This corresponds remarkably well with our actual
walking times. Taking into account the pauses and a picnic, we hiked from
11.30am to 3.45pm, so a little over four hours (AWT).
(0h00) At the bus stop in Ormos Korthíou you follow the pedestrian street, the
main street between the bar Centro and the information and taxi office. Slightly
further you get to a first little square with an information sign on the
hikes. It is better,
though, to continue straight ahead to the picturesque little square
called Alíki Psálti, with the café Sea Satin and a nice outdoor terrace
under the mulberry trees – on your right-hand side there is a shop
where you can buy some supply of drinks.
You proceed straight ahead, on a concrete street. At the T-junction, about 1 minute further down, you take a right, you go down and there you can find the first trail marker . You follow the narrow concrete path for about 5 minutes - and already after 3 minutes, you can see on the green slopes before you the little village of Rogó. You then cross a grassy, almost dry bed of a river (there was still water on the 13the of May 2011) and you go left immediately on a larger concrete road . According to the side stones this road clearly follows the trajectory of the ancient trail. You pass a small stream and you continue straight ahead; on your left-hand side you can see some pigeon towers. After about 9 minutes, just past a coloured bench, you arrive at a junction. Over there, the real paved trail continues to the left, running alongside the stream all the time – there are no trail markers at this point.
The path runs alongside a little stream...
(0h18) A little further you get to a bridge. You go up
the bridge by means of a staircase on the right and on top you can see
some steps continuing on the right, indicated with . You pass a couple
of houses of the village of Rogó and after another 2 minutes - and 110
steps - you go up
another staircase on the left  – a wooden sign tells you that the
trail straight ahead leads to Exo Rogó.
The beautiful - sometimes overgrown - monopátia between Rogó and Lardiá.
Yet another 3
minutes later you go of course straight ahead , because you can
already see Lardiá in front of you. Slightly further, at a rocky
three-forked junction, you go up on the right (there is a little further
a ). The following climb of
almost 10 minutes is rather strenuous; first you walk on a rocky trail, later on on a concrete staircase with a marvellous view on the bay of Kórthi
You take a left
and immediately thereafter you go left again – there are no trail
markers at all. You keep right after 44 steps, you pass a little church and at a beautiful living tower you
keep to the left (no trail markers). You go down a little and after 2 minutes you go up a
staircase on the right .
The living tower in Lardiá.
(0h47) You leave the village via a number of staircases, leading to a narrow earth path. Watch out: after walking on this earth path for 1 minute you note an ambiguous  on a boulder. In our case the arrow was pointing down, but you have to continue to the right – you first climb up for a short while and you then get to an asphalt road. You go to the left for about 10-15 metres and then you go up the staircase on the right. A wooden hiking sign tells you that it will take another 1h20 to your final destination.
Is it down...?
... or to the right?
You keep on climbing concrete or stone steps and after about 8 minutes you cross a concrete road and you continue straight ahead.
In the village of Gianniséo you keep to the right first and then to the left (twice there
is the trail marker ), after some 30 steps you continue on a short
stretch of concrete and then there are again some 145 steps… After
another 3 minutes you get to a T-junction underneath a house; there are
no trail markers and you take a right. A little later you reach a small
asphalt parking lot, where you proceed straight ahead on the steps. You
thus walk through the hamlet of Paleokástro, past the municipal office.
We ask somebody whether we are still on the right track and, indeed,
this is still trail no.. In this way you continue straight ahead,
leaving the village already. There are again some concrete steps and
after a total of 170 steps, you
arrive at a gravel road – there are no indications anymore.
(1h15) You have to follow this road to the left - mind the flowers on the verge of the road.
The flowered verge...
First you walk
but then you
veer a little to the right to
you see Mésa
Beautiful paths between a lot of flowers...
further down you take a left, although it seems as if some one has
tampered with the trail marker. The trail straight ahead seems to lead
more in the direction of Vouní, but it runs to a dead end after 6
minutes! You should also have a look at the beautiful valley with the
cultivated terraces on your right-hand side. You thus have to
go left, which means that you walk again in the direction of the flat
rock. Later on, the trail curves to the right and after some 3 minutes
you get to a modest church with a stone roof – the church is open, so
maybe it offers you a cool picnic spot?
The nice path towards Mésa Vouní.
The trail splits
up and you have to go right ; slightly further you take a right again
and the following stretch is flat – you should remember that the
monastery of Panachrántou is not very far from here, only at the other
side of the hill in front of you (with an aerial and electricity poles).
About 1,5 minutes later you reach some concrete and you go down on the right via a couple of steps and then immediately left on a path with the trail marker . After 1,5 minutes you get to asphalt again - there is a (fallen) sign to Exo Vouní.
(1h50) You thus continue to the right on the asphalt road for about 2 minutes and then a wooden sign post points to a narrow path on the left – you can spot Exo Vouní already. On the narrow path between low bushes you keep to the left and two minutes further down you get to a trail marker . This marker indicates a rocky trail descending steeply into the fairly deep valley. On the bottom of the valley you arrive at a small gravel road, which you follow to the left. Slightly further you do not go left, but you keep following the main road. You have to deviate from the path slightly, because it is too much overgrown. After 5 minutes of gravel road you go to the right to reach the old trail again. This trail goes down, it passes the church and then it leads through the village. You follow the trail markers , you go down on the right and then left again. Finally you take a right again till you get to the asphalt road. This is the end of hike no. – the sign indicating the beginning of this hike has fallen down already. (2h08)
The hike comes to
an end a little abruptly on a deserted spot – you could call a taxi
from here and tell the taxi driver that you are at the asphalt road
underneath the village of Exo Vouní.
[You can also
follow the asphalt road to the right until you get to the bridge over
the Dipotámata-valley: you can then see a lot of water mills on your
left and right. A sign points to the right, to water mill no.5: this one
is restored and it gives a good idea of the way old water mills looked
like. If you continue on the asphalt road, you will get above the
village of Kochílou after 1,7 km. You can then proceed in the direction
of the church with the red roof and in this way you will get to hike no.
; from there onwards it will take you about another 55 minutes to
A restored water mill.
[If you would
prefer to follow an even longer route to return to Ormos Korthíou, via
the beautiful valley of Dipotámata, you have to follow the asphalt road
at the end of hike no. underneath Exo Vouní to the left. You then
have to walk on the main road for about 2,5 km, but this monotonous walk
of about 26 minutes is compensated for by the panoramic view on the
desolate Dipotámata-valley with the blooming broom and the Apáno Kástro