Períssa - Emborío
This short walk takes place in the foothills of the Profítis Ilias and may be
useful as a continuation of the hike Emborió - Pýrgos - Profítis Ilias - Théra -
The beach of Períssa is quite nice and the kástro of Emborío is also nice.
This walk deserves **.|
[The translation of this walk was made with some help of Google translate - so, do not mind the mistakes...]
Estimated time: It takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Emborío, then you can stroll through the streets of the kástro ...
Route description: [In Períssa, you should take a right by car, in order to follow the road along the beach (road sign); you follow the coast to the left until the end of the road, where there is a small parking lot with a roundabout in the middle. In front of you and just beneath the impressive rock-face are the ruins of the early Christian basilica of Agia Iríni (sign).]
(0h00) Starting from the parking lot, you follow the paved road to the interior; after a little less than 5 minutes, there is a junction where you go straight. You pass Hotel Marianna and after another 3 minutes, there is a left turn, where a gravel road continues straight ahead (sign "Ancient Théra").
(0h08) You continue to follow the asphalt road, but in the next turn you do take the gravel road to the right. You pass two drive ways on the left, you veer to the left next to a simple house (red mark) and continue down, then up a little, always at the foot of the impressive rock-face of the Profítis Ilias, but with a desolate landscape on the left side.
(0h17) Just past some eucalyptus, the gravel road continues: you veer left between concrete walls and you thus get to a paved crossroad. You take a right and then you pass the little blue and white church of Agios Stéfanos. It is surrounded by small gardens - a friendly man opens the chapel and a lady gives us chocolates and asks us to sit down...
Beyond the chapel, you pass a road on the right, then you veer left and gradually right again. You enjoy a beautiful view on the the Profítis Ilias with the monastery on the top.
You walk at the foot of the Profítis Ilías.
NYou pass a sort of on the track on your right side, you still veer left and right - and then, after 9 minutes, there is a sudden left turn, near some houses with lots of cacti, and you follow a gravel road that continues straight between the walls.
A pleasant road towards Emborío.
(0h29) This was once a path: this
little road continues always straight; however, after 6 minutes, next to a
quarry, you take a sharp left to follow a small paved road.
Very soon, you take a path on the right, between a wall and a gnarled tree,
and so you pass to the left of the small chapel of Agia Iríni - inside, there
are old columns.
little further on, the track on the right side allows you to go and cast
a glance at the church (but it is closed): you enjoy here a beautiful
view of the church and the kástro of Emborío - with to
the left the 7 mills on the crest of Gavrilos.]
View on the kástro of Emborío.(0h49) You arrive at a cross-street - you are now on the route of the walk  to Pýrgos - see the walk Emborío - Pýrgos - Profítis Ilias - Théra - Períssa.
You take a left, and a little further, there is a hiking sign for the walk . You continue straight for a few moments until you get to a cross-street ( on a pole) .
If you want to visit the kástro, you should take a RIGHT here.
[Walk  does the same, but goes almost immediately up to the left, on a staircase painted in white: in this way, you can reach the forecourt of a church, and while going up some large steps and keeping to the left, you reach the little square in front of the entrance of the kástro - see below under point (0h58)].
However, we preferred to continue straight, and after a few minutes, next to a small chapel which forms a corner, you can mount on the left side, in a narrow alley. You climb between old houses and, once arrived at a bifurcation, you still go up to the right.
A vaulted passage in the kástro.
BEFORE you go through a double archway, you can go up to the left: after a
high narrow passage and a few steps, you thus arrive near the church of the