Strapouriés - Ano Pitrofós - Paleópolis
This hike runs through a
good part of Andros - and if you leave from Chóra , it will cross the entire
island from east to west. The trails are beautiful, a real pleasure for all
those who love nature and walking. Therefore deserves the maximum of ****.
(0h00) Today you keep following the main road – thus in the direction of Ménites and away from the church - until you have passed the small sports field. At the foot of a rock you then see a concrete staircase, which goes up on the right-hand side of the road. There is a hiking sign “Ano Pitrofós 1h45 / Paleópolis 3h10 / Ano Aprovátou 4h10” and on the rock you note the trail marker .
The trail head of walk  in Strapouriés.
You go up between some houses and soon you get to a beautiful old trail with nice steps; you pass through a little gate and after about 3 minutes you keep to the left ( a little further). You pass another little gate with an obstacle of branches and you thus continue high above the valley, with a view on Chóra.
At first a nice climb, then a flat stretch above the valley of Ménites.
(0h07) Slightly further you walk on some concrete for a short while, you cross the little road and the old trail continues straight ahead, on the right-hand side of a stable . A little later, you keep to the right at a bifurcation  and the nice trail rises gradually between rather high walls. After another 3 minutes you veer left between cypress  and you continue to climb between walls. You thus walk between beautiful walls up to the left of the green hill - the view is still beautiful: in the valley you distinguish the elongated village of Messariá, and on the opposite side the monastery of Panachrántou with the villages of Fállika, Kouréli and Sasá (from left to right).
(0h19) You go down now, you get on a thick carpet of leaves next to beautiful trees and you descend rapidly until you reach a path on the left, under nice plane trees - you continue straight up . A little further, you keep of course a little to the left  and after another 4 minutes, you reach a beautiful double junction, with many water pipes: the left path goes down to Ménites - see the walk Chóra - Strapouriés – Ménites. Further, there is another path on the right, but your walk  continues straight (the  had disappeared in 2013 ... ). You proceed more or less horizontally, next to 3-4 water pipes, and after a pleasant end, you come next to a very simple chapel - you are just above Ménites now.
(0h30) A little further you descend into a little valley – there is still a little water in the bed (12 October 2013); you go up again and you get a more open ground, where the trail continues between beautiful walls, which are so typical for Andros – with pieces of normal walls, alternating with vertically erected and sometimes sharp plates .
The path continues between splendid walls!
Further, you also note on top of the left wall a row of stones set vertically.
A nice detail...
A few minutes later, you descend a little to a shady spot under cypress and
plane trees, and you veer to the left next to a large rock . Notice also the
nice breakthrough into a wall, which offers a beautiful view of the
surroundings, with an alóni below you.
A nice breakthrough...
The trail continues pleasantly and almost horizontally, always with the splendid
view of the valley full of cypress.
Between very nice walls, with pointed stones...
(0h47) When you arrive in the middle
of this crossroads - which actually forms a large X - you take a sharp LEFT to
follow the other "leg" of the X; you arrive in this way at the continuation of
your path, where you go RIGHT – so you again can follow a flat monopáti,
The building with the olive mill in Ano Pitrofós.
Just beyond the mill, there is a white staircase that goes up to the right (hiking sign + [ 9]), you veer left, then you still walk up a white staircase (2 X ) and you arrive next to the Barberi-source with its washing-place.
The Barberi source in Ano Pitrofós.
You still go up between the last houses on concrete
steps, and you thus get to a small cemented path. Attention: when it veers down
to the left, near the last house, you should continue STRAIGHT, climbing a small
slope between a stable and an alóni on your left side . You follow the small
gravel road for a little less than 2 minutes, and then you do not continue to go
down, but you take the rocky path to the left of a wall, right in front of you
( a bit later).
A splendid little bridge, and then a very nice climb...
While veering to the right, you pass next to some large rocks, and you reach a triangular spot where you continue to the right . You still go up, sometimes on beautiful flat slabs.
Another nice path!
You arrive on a rocky plateau between walls, with a very large view - a
nice spot for a picnic?
The end of a beautiful stretch...
(1h52) You get in a riverbed, where you step with some difficulty over the water on step stones. After another 4 minutes, you step over a water shoot that comes from the slopes on the right – this is again a splendid stretch.
Always those big flat slabs!
(1h58) A normal path continues
between walls; after a few minutes, you follow the right wall, then you again
arrive between two walls - and so you continue until you get to a rocky gravel
Here, the path continues to the left.
The trail is vague at first, it continues in the direction of a high
tension pylon, but later it becomes more obvious (blue mark): you follow
a wall and further, you get again between 2 walls.
The hiking sign on the cross-roads to Chóra (Strapouriés), Ano Aprovátou and Paleópolis.
The vague trail continues for 2-3 minutes just next to a wall, then you again
get to a gravel road - you continue on the opposite side (2 X  ). You walk
until you get next to a high voltage pylon ( on a rock next to the pylon),
then you descend to the right of a wall on a stony subsoil (big cairns), until
you arrive at a passage in a low wall . You still go down between converging
walls, but the path is now clear. You veer to the right, the trail is a bit
overgrown and arrives at a stretch which is covered by marram grass.
The path is nice again...
(2h21) You step over a heavy water
pipe and you follow the right wall, then the left ( on the right wall). You
then arrive in front of a valley covered by vegetation: you first cross it until
you arrive against a cross-wall - and it 's only then that you should take a
left, to continue along this wall (cairn). You arrive at very green spot, where
you continue to the RIGHT between two walls . What follows now is a very nice
stretch, slightly downhill - vegetation sometimes hinders you... You continue
right to the sea, hoping to discover a first panorama...
A steep descent!
(2h43) Shortly after you pass through
a breach in a wall, near a stable, and then you continue under beautiful trees
bent by the wind - a very nice stretch again!
Marvellous panoramic views!
(2h54) You take a right on a sort of side-path and arrive on a dark and narrow path between a wall and abundant vegetation - the trail is covered with water for a few times, then it gets better, and rocky and uneven. You always descend quickly: you keep to the left on a rocky spot on a few steps , and continue then to the right, along a wall. The trail continues almost horizontally now, to the right of a wall crowned by a fence, and you arrive in this way via 10 concrete steps to the asphalt road in Paleópolis. (3h00)
The end - ot the beginning - of the trail  in Ano Paleópolis.
can return to Chóra by bus - so do not forget to ask for the bus schedules