Paleópolis - Agia Eleoúsa - beach of Paleópolis and back

Evaluation: This short walk first goes down to the chapel of Agia Eleoúsa, then up and down until the pebble beach, where the submerged mole reflects the glorious past of Paleópolis. Deserves **.
The translation of this walk was made with some help of Google translate - so, do not mind the mistakes...]

Estimated time: You first need 15 minutes to get near Agia Eleoúsa, then you go up again a little in order to descend the long descent to the beach, an additional 20 minutes. The return route takes 20 minutes, always in actual walking time  - this actual walking time (AWT) thus amounts to a total of 1h05 - we made a quick walk and our total time (TWT) was only 1h30..

Route description: (0h00)You start this little walk on the asphalt road in Ano Paleópolis, near the beginning of trail [9] to Ano Aprovátou or Strapouriés. You follow the road for a little less than two minutes, towards the right (facing the sea), you pass next to the archaeological museum and the café Periptéro and go down to the left on the staircase, paint in white (hiking sign « Archéa Pólis / Akti Paleópolis" + road sign to the "Ierós Náos Agias Marínas" + [9]). After about 160 steps, you arrive next to the church of Agia Marína. You descend 120 more steps, between the houses of Káto Paleópolis, and get so to a concrete little side street – you continue to the right (sign “Paralía”).

You pass a source (date 1909), then you cross a bridge – you go up a little, then you descend again. You get to a crossroads where a staircase comes from above and from the right to continue down to the left - the trail continues STRAIGHT ("Paralía"). A minute later, the staircase begins - the beginning of a long descent.
After 49 steps, there is a bifurcation: the descent to the beach continues straight ahead, but you take first a left – later on, you will be back here.
After another 171 concrete steps, you arrive in front of a small blue gate, then you descend 103 more steps to reach the small church of Agia Eleoúsa.

During your descent to Agia Eleoúsa.

Agia Eleoúsa, on the slopes underneath Paleópolis.

(0h16) You climb the 270 steps, and then you begin the long descent to the left ("Paralía - Beach").

The long staircase to the beach of Paleópolis.

Again after 183 steps, there is a flat section - you are now about at the height of Agia Eleoúsa...
What follows now is a long descent of 315 steps, then you continue above the sea. You arrive just at the top of the submerged mole, and from here you can very well see the shape of the mole that continues under water.


The trail descends until you get above the pier.

You descend 119 steps that make you arrive just above the beginning of the pier - and you finally descend 21 steps down to the pebble beach. (0h33)


The pebble beach of Paleópolis, with the beginning of the submerged mole.

The oldest discovers in the ancient city of Paleópolis date from the Mycenaean period (1400-1200 BC ). The city reached its peak in the 6th century BC, and the submerged remains of the old port attest to this. The decline began in the beginning of our era, but the city remained inhabited until the 6th century.
It is a quite extraordinary feeling to find yourself so close to the remains of the old port...

(0h33) The return goes smoothly - and if you started rather late in the afternoon, you will enjoy a fantastic sunset!


During your return, you can enjoy a splendid sunset...

(0h47) After a little less than 700 steps, you find yourselves at the point where the staircase that comes from Agia Eloúsa from the right. You arrive quickly between the houses, and you continue of course straight at the crossroad. You pass the small bridge and the source, and further you keep to the left. You follow the concrete alley and you thus arrive at the road that ends here.

(0h54) A steep climb on the paved road eventually leads you to the centre of Ano Paleópolis. (1h04)

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