Walking the Western Cyclades

04/02/2019

Discover the serenity of Kea and Kythnos on an island-hopping walking holiday in the lesser-known part of the Cyclades islands. Our 5-day Greek Island adventure explores timeless villages and verdant valleys lush with olive groves and shady oak trees. This delightful hiker’s paradise is off the beaten path and centres on the simple delights of beautiful scenery, delicious Greek cuisine, friendly locals, pristine beaches and hillsides dotted with low-lying local houses. Blessed with gentle breezes against the bluest Aegean backdrop, these islands are a delight to discover on foot.

Day 01

Your tour leader will meet you at Athens International Airport and accompany you to the port of Lavrio for your ferry trip to Kea. The trip provides a scenic introduction to Makronisos – the biggest uninhabited island in Greece and of course Kea, the Cycladic island closest to Athens, known for its natural beauty and rich history. Get to know your fellow walkers over a delicious meal prepared using authentic local produce. Enjoy:Kali orexi!

Overnight: Kea

Accommodation: Family run en-suite studios or Hotel

Day 02

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before setting off along ancient trails through some of Kea’s most spectacular valleys and hillsides. The route takes you from Ioulida, Kea’s pint-sized capital, to Otzias village, known for its picturesque long sandy beach. Along the way, you’ll encounter narrow cobbled paths, the ancient sculpture of the mythical, enigmatic Lion of Kea and a fascinating archaeological museum. In the evening we will stroll around the picturesque tiny seaside village of Vourkari, a ‘meeting point’ for sailors and weekenders, featuring Kea’s most celebrated seafood restaurants and bars.

Overnight: Kea

Accommodation: Family run en-suite studios or Hotel

Day 03

Depart from Kea after breakfast and head by boat to neighbouring Kythnos, an island of golden beaches, arid countryside and hillsides dotted with stone huts. Your base for the next two nights is the pretty fishing village of Merichas. Look forward to learning more about chora, the island’s capital and Dryopida village, which took its name from the very first inhabitants of the island. Take a circular hike around the site of Vryokastro, Kythnos’ ancient capital, and get up-close to some of the island’s unique natural phenomena.

Overnight: Kythnos

Accommodation: Family run en-suite studios or Hotel

Day 04

Your day in Kythnos starts with a sun salutation to source energy for the day ahead. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you transfer by road to the eastern side of the island. Your hike starts at Loutra, an idyllic waterfront village famous for its natural hot springs where there will be time for a healthy dip! After that, the walking route will take you past ancient castle ruins, whitewashed chapels and other little-known gems in the dramatic countryside. No doubt you’ll meet local farmers and shepherds and exchange friendly greetings along the way.

Overnight: Kythnos

Accommodation: Family run en-suite studios or Hotel

Day 05

Your final hours on Kythnos are just long enough to enjoy a last mouthwatering homemade “tiropita” pastry and Greek coffee for breakfast before boarding the morning ferry back to Lavrio and your onward journey home. Airport transfers are provided as your Cyclades hiking adventure comes to an end.

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