Santorini, Sifnos, Western & Southern Cyclades - Walking and swimming on Greek Islands

Wandern auf Rhodos Wandern auf Naxos

Dieter Graf

11 x 19 cm
192 pages
140 photos in colour

ISBN:
978-3-9814047-9-1

Description

This book describes the loveliest old walking trails. With precise descriptions, detailed maps, exact times, GPS points and photos of outstanding places for better orientation. And lots of useful knowledge about the "Islands of Light." It is made for island hoppers who want to drift through the island world by ship and who would also like to hike and swim in this ancient cultural landscape.

The concept „Greek Islands“ conjures up images of white cubical houses twined around with red bougainvillea, unevenly paved alleys below bright blue church domes, dilapidated windmills on top of stormy mountain ridges, shady groves with old gnarled olive trees. The Cyclades fit this picture perfectly. The name of this group of islands is derived from the classical Greek word kyklos, meaning “circle”. The ancient Greeks believed that the islands were gathered in a circle round the holy island of Délos.

The western and southern Cyclades described in this book used to be classed with the Sporades, the “scattered islands”, but nowadays they are considered part of the Cyclades on account of their many common features in terms of history and culture.

Cycladic culture in the early Bronze Age was the first very advanced civilisation in Europe. During the subsequent classical period the first stone temples were also built here. One of the aims of this book is to discover these on walks. Along the trails described here are old Byzantine fortified monasteries as well as tightly clustered villages and long since deserted, solitary farmhouses. Readers are also led to long sandy beaches and concealed rocky bays which can only be reached on foot.

The Cyclades offer a wonderful, tranquil landscape. Even the barrenness has a peculiar charm. While the walker may miss the forests, his eye is rewarded with distant views of the blue sea from almost every point along the way. Moreover, his nose is tickled by the sweet smells of the Mediterranean kitchen herbs which thrive everywhere. In the villages, finally, his heart warms to the filoxénia, the generous hospitality of the Greeks which makes one forget that one is a foreigner.

The islands are still criss-crossed by many of the old mule tracks, which connect the traditional settlements and now frequently abandoned monasteries. Fences are rare, too, so trekkers are more or less free to roam wherever they want. Although each of the islands has its own specific characterisitcs, Sífnos and Kéa are particularly suitable for walking, closely followed by Síkinos and Sérifos. But each trekker can decide that for himself; sooner or later everyone finds his or her “favourite” island. Have a good trip! Kaló taxídi!

The Islands - Updated descriptions

Anafi Folegandros Ios Kea Kimolos Kithnos Milos Santorin Serifos Sifnos Sikinos

Amorgos Anafi
Folegandros
Ios
Kea
Kimolos
Kithnos
Milos
Santorini
Serifos
Sifnos
Sikinos

  • Anafi walk 22 Chora ⇨ Stavros ⇨ Chora
  • Anafi walk 23 Chora ⇨ Anaphe ⇨ Roukonas ⇨ Chora
  • Anafi walk 24 Chora ⇨ Moni Zoodochos Pigis ⇨ Moni Kalamiotissa

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  • Folegandros walk 24 Chora ⇨ Angali ⇨ Livadaki ⇨ Ano Meria
  • Folegandros walk 25 Chora ⇨ Angali ⇨ Ag. Nikolaos ⇨ Ano Meria
  • Folegandros walk 26 Chora ⇨ Petroussis ⇨ Karavostassis

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  • Ios walk 28 Chora ⇨ Agios Prokopios ⇨ Chora
  • Ios walk 29 Chora ⇨ Moni Ag. Ioannis (⇨ Pirgos ⇨ Mylopotamos)
  • Ios walk 30 Mylopotas ⇨ Sapounochoma ⇨ Mylopotamos

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  • Kea walk 31 Ioulis ⇨ Mylopotamos ⇨ Korissia
  • Kea walk 32 Ioulis ⇨ Otzias ⇨ (Korissia)
  • Kea walk 33 Ioulis ⇨ Episkopi ⇨ Ioulis
  • Kea walk 34 Ioulis ⇨ Profitis Elias ⇨ Ioulis

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  • Kimolos walk 35 Ioulis ⇨ Mylopotamos ⇨ Korissia
  • Kimolos walk 36 Ioulis ⇨ Otzias ⇨ (Korissia)
  • Kimolos walk 37 Ioulis ⇨ Episkopi ⇨ Ioulis
  • Kimolos walk 38 Ioulis ⇨ Profitis Elias ⇨ Ioulis

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  • Kithnos walk 38 Loutra ⇨ Paleokastro ⇨ Sostis Beach ⇨ Loutra
  • Kithnos walk 39 Driopis ⇨ Chora
  • Kithnos walk 40 Chora ⇨ Profitis Elias ⇨ Chora

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  • Milos walk 41 Fylakopi ⇨ Sarakiniko Küste ⇨ Adamas
  • Milos walk 42 Zefiria ⇨ Kalamos ⇨ Ag. Kiriaki ⇨ Zefiria
  • Milos walk 43 Adamas ⇨ Klima ⇨ Plaka
  • Milos walk 44 Plaka ⇨ Plathienas Beach ⇨ Plaka

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  • Santorini walk 1 Fira ⇨ Oia
  • Santorini walk 2 Oia ⇨ Pori ⇨ Imerovigli ⇨ Fira
  • Santorini walk 3 Pirgos ⇨ Vothonas ⇨ Kamari
  • Santorini walk 4 Emoporio ⇨ Alt Thera ⇨ Kamari
  • Santorini walk 5 Emporio ⇨ Pirgos
  • Santorini walk 6 Pirgos ⇨ Profitis Elias ⇨ Perissa / Kamari
  • Santorini walk 7 Megalochorio ⇨ Akrotiri
  • Santorini walk 8 Akrotiri ⇨ Panagia Kinisi ⇨ Red Beach ⇨ Akrotiri
  • Santorini walk 9 Thirassia ⇨ Riva ⇨ Manolas

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  • Serifos walk 45 Livadi ⇨ Chora
  • Serifos walk 46 Livadi ⇨ Chora ⇨ Psili Ammos ⇨ Livadi
  • Serifos walk 47 Chora ⇨ Kendarchos ⇨ Moni Taxiarchion ⇨ Galani ⇨ Chora
  • Serifos walk 48 Livadi ⇨ Kalitsos ⇨ Psili Ammos

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  • Sifnos walk 10 Apollonia ⇨ Artemonas ⇨ Agios Lazaros ⇨ Apollonia
  • Sifnos walk 11 Apollonia ⇨ Agios Simeon ⇨ Kamares
  • Sifnos walk 12 Kastro ⇨ Ag. Loukas ⇨ Ag. Anna ⇨ Artemonas ⇨ Apollonia
  • Sifnos walk 13 Apollonia ⇨ Kato Petali ⇨ Kastro
  • Sifnos walk 14 Faros ⇨ Kastro
  • Sifnos walk 15 Apollonia ⇨ Kato Petali ⇨ Moni Vrisis ⇨ Faros
  • Sifnos walk 16 Apollonia ⇨ Exambela ⇨ Chryssopigi ⇨ Faros
  • Sifnos walk 17 Platis Gialos ⇨ Fikiada ⇨ Profitis Elias ⇨ Platis Gialos
  • Sifnos walk 18 Apollonia ⇨ Agios Andreas ⇨ Apollonia
  • Sifnos walk 19 Apollonia ⇨ Profitis Elias
  • Sifnos walk 20 Apollonia ⇨ Katavati ⇨ Taxiarchis tis Skafis ⇨ Vathi
  • Sifnos walk 21 Apollonia ⇨Panagia tosou nerou ⇨ Apollonia/Kamares

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  • Sikinos walk 49 (Alopronia) ⇨ Kastro ⇨ Südküste ⇨ Alopronia
  • Sikinos walk 50 Alopronia ⇨ Kastro ⇨ Episkopi ⇨ Südküste ⇨ Alopronia
  • Sikinos walk 51 Kastro ⇨ Agia Triada ⇨ Zoodochos Pigi ⇨ Kastro

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Press reviews:

Press
This pictorial walking guide helps you reach your destination safely: each description includes a detailed map of the area, while photos of important crossings help you find your bearings, request help from a local and serve as a stimulus. The actual walking time acts as a personal control.    ADAC Travel Magazine
Press
Press The autor describes in detail the character and the different sights along the whole route. The times at certain stages of the walks are extremely useful.    Die Welt, Hamburg

Precisely described hiking tracks with many useful route photos.    
The paperback fits nicely into your pocket.    Die Yacht

A good read for all hiking enthusiasts.   Globo
Precise descriptions of hiking trails on Milos and Folegandros, with many useful route photos.    GEO SEASON


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