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Limonari Beach
Limonari is a small pebble beach in eastern Meganisi.
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Lithaios Port
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Place
Trikala,Trikala
Tour 1
Keri Lake
Keri Lake or Keri beach which it is also known as took its name from the large lake that was once there - this has now been drained and what remains in its place are wetlands, the beach itself which is a five minute walk down from the lake is a small pebbly beach which has some trees that provide natural shade and the sea here is a beautiful clear blue. There is also a small harbour here at Keri in which you can moor your own boat, you can take trips and visit the blues caves near by or you can privately rent a boat and head over to 'Marathonisi'. The plant types of the Lake's core are usual wetlands of Southern Greece, as: Phragmites australis, Arundo donax or Cane, Juncus acutus, J. heldreickhianus, J. bufonius, Schoenoplectus spp., Scirpus maritimus, Euphorbia sp., Dittrichia viscosa, Galactites tomentosa, etc these types grow mainly in sweet water. In luminous places where canes have been removed, and on small paths the wetlands are presented in abundance by the following: Ranunculus marginatus, R. neapolitanus, R. facaria, Bunias erucago, Nasturtium officinale, Medicago coronaria, M. orbicularis, M. arabica, Trifolium nigrum, T. spumosum, Vicia sativa, Euphorbia helioscopia, Mercurialis annua, Verbascum undulatum, Lythrum junceum, L. hyssopifilia, Borago officinalis, Cynoglossum creticum, Anaggalis arvensis, Calendula arvensis, Chrysanthemum coronarium, Avena sp., Bromus spp., Iris pseudacorus, Arum italicum, Orchis laxiflora, in limited numbers also exists the impressive Orchis palustris.
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Snt Lion
The first inhabitants were liberated from the region of Catania (Liberi da Catania), [eastern Sicily, almost opposite Zakynthos]. When they landed in Zakynthos [then under Venetian Rule] they were ordered by the Venetians to head for the great mountain (the Brahion). They climbed there alone (without an escort) and settled in the middle of the mountain range, where they built their houses and a church dedicated to Saint Leo, the bishop and later patron saint of Catania. The village was not given an 'official' name from the beginning, since it was established without the presence of a Venetian and without the drawing up of a land register (as can be seen from the events that followed). The Venetians initially noted that the Liberi da Catania had been sent to the area, designating the site, and when they later intervened to sort things out, they accepted the name of Saint Leo, in honour of the settlers. It is also indicative that these settlers took and retained the double surname Liberi da Catania from their new legal status of liberation and their place of origin, since before, as serfs, they had no surnames. As predicted, the Venetians sent former serfs of Catania to the mountains and did not count (from the beginning) the extent of their jurisdiction. In the following period they continued to send settlers to the area. And the most important expedition seems to have been the large group from the Messinian village of Basta (Vasta), after the fall of the castle of Koroni in 1534. On a nearby hill, there is the church of the village's patron saint, Saint Leontas, dedicated to the homonymous Bishop of Sicily (San Leone Vescovo di Catania). It is located at an altitude of about 350 metres, at the foot of Mount Brachionas. Around the village there was a fairly large pine forest, which after a large fire on 26 August 2011 was burnt to the ground. The fire reached very close to a residential area without causing any other damage. The forest landscape has regenerated due to the high soil moisture.
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About
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Keri Lake
The ecosystem of this coastal wetland, Lake Keri or Valtos is located about 3 km northeast of the village Keri. The seasonal swamp is formed by springs where fresh water enters the wetland. The presence of oil wells has been noted since antiquity and the efforts that had been started have not been continued to fruition. Inside the wetland there are many places where the bird fauna can be trapped from the heavy oil-tar that exists. Although it is not part of the Natura network, the area is important for birds.
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Tzanata Lake
Tzanata is located 36 km from Argostoli. The "twin" artificial Lakes of Tzanata were created for the water supply needs of the surrounding villages. They create a landscape of significant aesthetic value and several species of birds have been recorded for a stop in their passage such as herons, ducks, etc. An archeological find of great importance has also been found outside the village. A Mycenaean Tomb of Tzanata with a dome of about four meters which dates between 1350 and 1100 BC.
Place
Kefalonia Island,Cefalonia
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Kokkini Eklissia
Kokkini Eklissia is an old monastery on the outskirts of Skari. It seems that the first building on the site was made in the 15th century. It was heavily damaged in 18th century due to seismic activity. In 1821 it became a stronghold of warlords. In 1925, with the expropriation law, the property of the monastery was taken away and its operation practically ceased.
Place
Lefkada
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Our Lady of the Angels
Church of the presentation of the Virgin Mary in the town, next to the Mansion Roma. It was built in 1687 by the priest Filaretos Kalogeropoulos or Laboudis, who dedicated it in his will (1715) to the association of the Notaries of Zakynthos. The outer facade of the church and the bell tower, in the Spanish plataresco style, was decorated with stone reliefs carved on tuff cornerstone. The arched doorway was decorated with a portal made of two Corinthian columns, and a broken entablature. The reliefs emerged from the drum of the pediment and depicted the Virgin holding the baby Jesus. At the top two angels wore a diadem and at the bottom she was praised by six-winged worshippers. Below there were different symbolic representations: the sun, the moon, stars and a coat of arms with a cross in the middle and the initials IXNKA Jesus Chirst conquers all. It was decorated with great works of art from the late 17th century and early 18th century. The prevailing icon of Christ as King of Kings and Great High Priest is the work of Panagiotis Doxaras (1691), repaired by Nikolaos Koutouzis. Among the magnificent carved woodcarvings "the Meeting of Elizabeth and Mary" by S. Stenda and "the healing of the ten lepers", unknown, dated 1723. The bell tower, continuous with the church, also had interesting reliefs and its own doorway, leading to a courtyard with an external staircase to the women's gallery. The church was restored after the earthquakes of 1953.
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Tour 1
From the cave to the wells
From the cave to the wells: From the Damianos cave in Agalas and the Venetian Andronios wells The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: linear Route’s duration: approximately 1 hour Route’s length: 3,300 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: all seasons, weather permitting. In summer, you should avoid midday hours The route The route starts from the parking area at the beginning of the path to the double cave of Damianos. The trail, is about 230 meters long, downhill and easily distinguishable, leading to the unique sight of the two-storey cave, while the view of the wider landscape is excellent. Then, we return to the parking area, by the same path, and head along the asphalt road to the settlement of Agalas, where we cross it on its south-western edges. After taking the Agala - Keri provincial road for a while, at the end of the settlement we head west - southwest by the smaller downhill road that leads us to the wells and then the steep Plakaki beach. The route is downhill through a pine forest that had suffered from fire in the past but now, nature is coming back and offers a lush green landscape. The view to the Ionian Sea is exceptional and during sunset a magnificent colorful landscape is created. The Damnianos wells, which mark the end of our hike, are located in the centre of the plateau that hosts vineyards which are planted with large and old olive groves. The wells, even though they are old, they are still functioning, providing cool water. The path as a linear route ends here and the hiker either returns to Agalas by the same route or has arranged to have a vehicle waiting for him for the return. A large part of the route, apart from the path that leads to the cave, can also be done by car. On the island of Zakynthos there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south) of Alykes, Zakynthos Town, Machairado and Pantokratoras. Police Station in Katastari and General Police Directorate in Zakynthos Town. A number of private clinics, medical centres and pharmacies, as well as public health facilities are located in Zakynthos Town, General Hospital, and Health Centre in Kallithea. Agalas  Agalas is located in southwestern Zakynthos, in a semi-mountainous area that descends steeply towards the west coast of the island, at an altitude of 300 m. The settlement is about 17 km from the town of Zakynthos. It is surrounded by pine trees and olive groves. There are about 320 inhabitants living there. It has a special architecture with old stone houses and narrow streets. The area is known for the Damianos cave, a two-storey cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites, the Andronios wells, the church with the old bell tower, the windmills, the wonderful view of the Ionian Sea and the magnificent sunset. Andronios Wells The 12 Andronios wells are located in the village of Agalas, on a high plateau of Mount Vrachionas, amidst cultivated vineyards and olive trees. 11 of them are visible on the surface, while the 12th is buried underground. They were built in the 15th century, during the Venetian occupation. They are still used today to supply water to their owners, whose names are inscribed on each well. The tradition of the Agala region says that Andronios was an evil dragon, 300 meters tall, who built the 12 wells of Agala, after Damianos, the good lord of the village and its protector, defeated him in a duel and then obliged him, so that the village and its inhabitants would have water. From his cave, Damianos, watched Antronios to ensure that he performed his work-punishment properly. This is how the wells were made and they were twelve, one for each month of the year. The wells were named after the dragon, as was the valley in which they were made. When Andronios revived again, Damianos killed him, and his fossil "stands" today in the cave of the same name. Damianos cave In the settlement of Agala, opposite to the wells of Androniou, one can see the Cave of Damianos. The cave is located on a hill and is a two-storey cave with stalactites and stalagmites. It has an excellent view of the green surrounding hills and the sea in the distance. Legend has it that when the dragon Antronios rose again after he had finished the wells, Damianos killed him and his horse and his fossil "stands" today in the cave of the same name. Indeed, inside the cave there is a rock that looks like a horse's head During the route, the walker will encounter QR information signs at the following points: a) at the parking area (start of the path to Damianos' cave), b) at the junction with the Agalas - Keri road, c) at the viewpoint, d) at the Andonios wells (at the rudimentary parking area).
Location
Zakynthos
Coordinates
37.71338245 - 20.74049985
Tour 1
In the beautiful forest
In the beautiful forest: A circular route in the forest of Kalafationes   The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.   Route’s type: circular Route’s duration: one hour and twenty minutes Route’s length: 4.000m Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: all seasons, if weather conditions permit it. It is recommended to avoid rainy days or the days afterwards.   The route The route starts from the parking area of the settlement and after walking through the beautiful settlement we reach the central square. There we have to be careful to take the right cobbled path leading to the trail. It is the small downhill, to the north - northeast, next to the large cobbled path. After walking a little more on the outskirts of the settlement, take the path north-northwest. The path is not marked but now and then we find a yellow wooden sign with a hedgehog. The trail passes through lush vegetation providing a dreamy shady environment. The trail is accompanied, in many places (especially at the beginning), by a stream that makes it muddy and therefore slippery. On days after rain it may be difficult to cross. Since the path is not marked, caution is required at junctions in order to maintain our direction. When the downhill path ends, we come across a narrow stream which is easily passed. After this the path becomes uphill, we meet a dirt road, which we take on the uphill side until the moment we meet a gate and next to it the path starts uphill again, which becomes very steep on the way. At its end, the path meets an asphalt road, which joins the main road of the settlement, where after passing the interesting area with the wells, we head to the starting point of the route, the parking area.   On the island of Corfu there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south): Sidari, Acharavi, Kassiopi, Ypsos, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town, Achilleion, Moraitika, Argyrades and Lefkimmi. Police stations in the settlements (from north to south): Karousades, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town and Lefkimmi. Numerous private medical offices, medical centres and pharmacies, while public health structures exist (from north to south): the Avliotes Regional Medical Centre, the Acharavi Regional Medical Centre, the Agios Athanasios Health Centre, the Hospital and Emergency Centre in Corfu Town, and the Lefkimmi Health Centre,   Kalafationes Kalafationes are located in Middle Corfu, 9 km from Corfu town and at an altitude of 182 m., between a dense olive grove and a virgin forest of chestnut trees. It has 461 inhabitants (2011 census). It is a designated traditional settlement. Walking along its traditional cobbled streets, you will admire the folk architecture of the houses and enjoy the hospitality of the inhabitants in the traditional cafes. The history of the settlement dates back to ancient times. Evidence for this, is the existence of ancient settlements in the wider area (Kamara, Kouramades, Kastelanoi, etc.), but also the fact that the calcite found on the hills of Kalafationes and Varypatades was used in antiquity for the construction of the columns and the epithelium of the Doric Temple of Kardaki. It suffered, like other villages on the island, great destruction during the invasion of Barbarossa in 1573. The name of the settlement "Kalafationes" comes from the work of reed drilling, which was the livelihood of many of its inhabitants, either by waterproofing boats or, probably, barrels. In Kalafaties it is worth visiting the modern equestrian club, where riding and therapeutic riding lessons are held, as well as the tzitsibira factory, the only one that still produces this traditional soft drink, a relic of the British rule on the island. In the wider area there are five churches, Agios Ioannis (in the area of Gerama), the Church of Prophitis Ilias, The churches of Agios Ioannis (in the centre of the village) which is the metropolitan church of the village, Panagia (also in the centre of the village), Agioi Pantes (in the south-eastern edge of the village) where it has been moved and currently is functioning as cemetery, and Agia Marina (in the district of Kothoniki). The neighbouring villages are Varypatades, Kouramades, Viros and Kastellani of Mesi. Kobitsi Forest Just a few kilometers away from Corfu town, the village of Kobitsi is located at the top of a hill with a panoramic view of Peleka, the lagoon of Halikiopoulos and the mountain of Agioi Deka. In Kobitsi there are the mansion of the homonymous family, the high bell tower in the church of Agioi Apostoloi and the restored Venetian fountain. Just outside the settlement there is a beautiful forest with pine and chestnut trees, an ideal place for a walk on foot or by bicycle through the lush vegetation and wild flowers, accompanied by the chirping of birds. Varipatades It is one of the most beautiful settlements, belonging to the municipal unit of Achilleion. It is located next to Kalafationes. It is a designated listed settlement, built on the slopes of a hill, the top of which is covered with olive and cypress trees.   Walking along the cobbled streets of Varipatades, we will admire the tall mansions with pastel colours and Corfiot beige tiles, the traditional houses, built almost one on top of the other, the small traditional square, where the church of Agios Stefanos is located. In Varipatades, a unique custom is revived on the evening of Holy Friday: Hundreds of snail shells, the so-called "boboloi" are made into lamps, with cotton wicks in oil, and placed lit all along the route where the Epitaph passes, creating an extremely solemn atmosphere.
Location
Corfu Island
Coordinates
39.59516109 - 19.87060912
Tour 1
Costal Marine Area from Argostoli gulf to Vlahata
The proposed site covers the marine area from the entrance of Argostoli Gulf and expands towards the village of Lourdata, following the coastline and Mounda Bay to the south-east point of the island. The sea bed has a smooth inclination and the substrate is sandy with a small amount of limestone rock. On the limestone rocks distinctive zones of Cytoseira crinata and calcareous Rhodophyceae dominate. Additionally, large amounts of the Rhodophyceae Laurencia papillosa and the Chlorophyceae Dasycladus vermicularis cover a substantial portion of the hard substrate.Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Kefalonia Island
Coordinates
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Tour 1
West and Northeastern Coasts of Zakynthos
The site streches from Agios Nikolaos Bay, NA Zakynthos, to Marathias Cape, S. Zakynthos. The steep west coast of the island is actually the foot of Brachionas Mount. The coastal line is dominated by vertical seaside cliffs, descending abruptly into the sea, with a vegetation of shrubs and phrygana. The rest of the area consists of rocky hills partly occupied by Pinus halepensis forests, and partly degraded and covered by shrubs or phrygana. Cultivated areas also occur.Falco eleonorae population values are based on LIFE - Nature se pstasa a t apett Falco eleonorae st da (LIFE03 NAT/GR/000091). Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Zakynthos
Coordinates
37.82248054 - 20.63472972
Tour 1
In the lake of Korissia
Lake Korissia: Halikounas - Lake Korissia - Issos Beach - Agios Georgios (south     The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.     Route’s type: linear Route’s duration: 2 hours and 40 minutes Route’s length: 8.600 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: All seasons, if weather conditions permit it. Avoid midday in the summer because there are no shady places along a big part of the route.     The route: The route starts from Halikouna, at the beginning of the lake, where we arrive by vehicle. The route is on a sandy road, which in summer, especially, has a tense traffic problem. We proceed between the lake and the sea, in low vegetation, where the lake generously offers us a beautiful scenery. After a 3,200 metres walk, we reach Tagio and the area of the Intermunicipal Company. The route to this point can also be done by car. After visiting the outlet of the canal into the sea, we continue our eastern path through lush surroundings for around 1,000 metres. Along the way, the path passes through the dunes (sand dunes) of Issos beach until we reach the parking area. We cross the parking area and we follow a steady coastal path towards Agios Georgios, reaching the settlement and the end of the trail. As a linear route, it can be done from both sides (either from Halikouna or from Agios Georgios) or even return to the starting point. Suggested season: all seasons weather permitting. Walkers who prefer quiet should avoid the summer months. Also those who prefer summer, should avoid midday hours as there are no shady places along a large part of the route.   On the island of Corfu there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south): Sidari, Acharavi, Kassiopi, Ypsos, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town, Achilleion, Moraitika, Argyrades and Lefkimmi. Police stations in the settlements (from north to south): Karousades, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town and Lefkimmi. Numerous private clinics, medical centres and pharmacies, as well as public health structures can be found (from north to south): the Avliotes Regional Medical Centre, the Acharavi Regional Medical Centre, the Agios Athanasios Health Centre, the Hospital and Emergency Centre in Corfu Town and the Lefkimmi Health Centre.   Lake Korissia The Korissia Lagoon or Korissia is located in southern Corfu and its western shores. It has been declared a Landscape of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it s included in the Natura 2000 network. It is Corfu's largest lagoon and its most important wetland. A narrow strip of land separates Lake Korissia from the Ionian Sea, creating two stunning sandy beaches, Halikouna and Issos. It covers an area of about 6,000 hectares and because it is connected to the sea, its water is salty. The waters of the lake are always calm, regardless of the sea, which is only a few metres away. More than 120 species of birds, including cormorants, warblers, whistling ducks, silverbirds, flamingos, ducks and thousands of butterflies find refuge here. All the species of herons living in Greece are found here. The fauna of Lake Korissia is complemented by a variety of amphibians (newts, balkan frogs, etc.) and a rich reptile fauna (loggerhead turtles, loggerhead turtles, pond snails, etc.). Mammals such as stone turtles and weasels are also part of the fauna. But the flora of the area is also very rich: rushes and tamarisk, white lilies and 14 different species of orchids on the sand. Here we will also find the beautiful cedar forest of Lake Korissia, right between the beaches of Halikouna and Issos, perched on the sand dunes, which are more than 15 metres high. In the lake's Tagio are the fishing facilities where some fishermen live, who with their "korito", the characteristic boats, catch small shrimps that are abundant and many fish, including some species that are only found here, such as the Zabarola and the endangered Zournas. Cedar Forest In the southern part of Halikouna beach is the point where Lake Korissia joins the sea through a narrow water channel (Tagio). A wooden bridge will lead us into the beautiful cedar forest, which has grown on the sandy beaches of Halikouna and Issos. It is the only cedar forest on the island and consists of sea cedar, a type of cedar that grows in the northern Mediterranean on coastal sandy areas. Walking through the forest, you can also observe the many spiders hanging on the branches of the trees and the webs they have created.     Dunes of Issos More than 120,000 years have passed since the sea and the winds started to create the rocky dunes (sand dunes) in the south and southwest of the wetland of Korissia. Their height exceeds 15 metres, creating a landscape of unique beauty. The northern side of the dunes is covered by a forest of sea cedar, while in the middle there is a mixed forest of bush honeysuckle, holly, skinnies, daisies, myrtles, laurels and other species.     During the route, the walker will encounter QR information signs at the following points: a) at the beginning of the route at Halikouna, b) at the beginning of the lake, c) halfway to Tagio, d) at Tagio, e) at the parking area of Issos beach, d) at Agios Georgios (at the beginning of the path).
Location
Corfu Island
Coordinates
39.43915988 - 19.90379548
Tour 1
Strofades Islets (Stamfani and Arpia) and Coastal Marine Area
This site includes two small islands located 27 miles south of the southern coast of Zakynthos island and 28 miles western of the Peloponnisos coast (Katakolo region). Geological evidence suggests that the Strofades islands have an oceanic origin i.e. risen out from the sea, unlike the majority of the Greek islands and islets, which are considered to be chersogenous (remnants of the old Greek continent). This area is also interesting from a paleontological point of view, since fossil records of a Miocenic and or Pliocenic fauna have been found. This area also shows archaeological interest, since on the larger islet there is a very old monastery which was built up in the middle of the 13th century. Nowadays the islands are almost uninhabited but undoubtedly, during the past time when the monastic community was very active, the majority of the natural vegetation was destroyed in favour of the cultivation of cereals, vegetables, fruit-trees etc. Nowadays, natural vagetation characterized by giant trees of Juniperus phoenicea, Quercus coccifera, Pistacia lentiscus etc. is restricted in one part of the bigger island. Strofades is an islet complex consisting of the islets of Stamfani and Arpyia, as well as their surrounding rocks, These remote volcanic islets are located 25 n.m. south of Zakynthos island and west of the Peloponnese. They are among the most distant islets to mainland Greece and are surrounded by the deep waters of the Ionian Sea. The low-lying rocky coast of the islets provides ideal shearwater nesting sites, A monastery dating back to the beginning of the previous millennium is located on the larger islet, its land extending over a large area of cultivated fields in the centre of the Island. The site includes a 2.7 n.m, marine extension around Strofades. The deep waters of the adjacent Hellenic Trench provide ideal environment conditions for cetaceans, such as the Sperm Whale, the Curvier's Beaked Whale and all three dolphin species, which are frequently observed in the area. Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Zakynthos
Coordinates
37.24678178 - 21.01699976
Tour 1
The round of Lighthouses
The tour of the Lighthouses: Fiskardo - Kavos Fournia - Fiskardo The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: mixed Route’s duration: 40 minutes Route’s length: 2,600 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: all seasons, if weather conditions permit it. The route It is a short pleasant walk, where, from the settlement of Fiskardo we go to the cape of Fournias and back again. The route starts from the main parking area of the settlement and after descending the long and beautiful stairs we find ourselves at the seafront of the settlement with its traditional houses, stores, restaurants and harbour. We head north, where the path starts at the end of the landscaped coastal zone of the settlement. The path is marked and with information signs at the start. It is a gentle circular path, shaded, through pine trees for most of its length, and its passage is a pleasant walk for all. Along the way you will find the impressive ruins of an early Christian church, a lighthouse from 1892 which is, among other things, a remarkable architectural monument and the beautifully maintained and preserved Venetian lighthouse of the 16th century. During the route, we enjoy the beautiful view of the sparkling and clear sea (in summer we should bring our swimsuit), with Ithaca in the background, while the settlement of Fiskardo lies at our feet. By the time we complete the circular path, we return to the original parking area by the same route. A walk to the settlement is considered a must. In Kefalonia there are Health Centres in Sami and Hospitals in Argostoli and Lixouri. There are also police services in Fiskardo, Sami, Poros, Lixouri and Argostoli. Citizen Service Centres are in Argostoli, Livathou, Poros and in Agia Efthimia. Fiskardo At the closest point of Kefalonia - Ithaca, in northern Kefalonia, 50 km from Argostoli, is the seaside settlement of Fiskardo. It took its name from the Norman conqueror Robert Guiscard, who in 1085 besieged and conquered the area. Most of the houses in Fiskardo were built during the 18th century and still retain the architectural character of the period, as they were not seriously damaged by the devastating earthquake of 1953. Walking along its streets, we see two-storey houses with red roofs and narrow balconies, painted in bright colours, which together with the green nature and the deep blue sea create a unique landscape.  Fiskardo has been classified as a traditional settlement and is also the birthplace of the poet Nikos Kavvadias. According to the 2011 census it has a population of 189 inhabitants. It is a very popular tourist destination. Its port connects Kefalonia with Ithaca and Lefkada, with frequent itineraries, especially during the summer months. Cavos Fournia The route of the cave of Fournia circularly connects the monuments of the cave, which are the Venetian Lighthouse, the Modern Lighthouse and the Old Christian Basilica.  The entire peninsula has been designated an archaeological site. On its surface, findings from the Palaeolithic period have been found. The limestone rocks of the area contain pyrite, a material very useful to the Palaeolithic man, with which he made his tools and weapons. Outside the path, there are ruins of windmills, farms and terraces. Ruins of an early Christian temple  On the route of Kavos of Fournia, we find the ruins of an Early Christian basilica, built between the 6th and 8th century. The church is one of the oldest known Christian buildings of the Ionian Islands and the largest three-aisled wooden-roofed basilica of the Ionian Sea.  The lighthouses of Fiskardo: Venetian Lighthouse, Lighthouse of 1892 At the edge of the settlement of Fiskardo, in close distance to each other, are the two stone lighthouses, witnesses of the importance of the small port throughout its history. The older one, the Venetian, was built by the Venetians. It was conquered by the Venetians in the 16th century. Since 1867 it has been operated using an illuminating catadioptric machine. Even today, it is still preserved in a fairly good condition. Its cylindrical tower is impressive. Next to it, it is located the lighthouse keeper's house. Both buildings were surrounded by a stone wall, which served as a fence and reached a height of two meters. From the point of the lighthouse, one can admire a completely different view of Fiskardo and its picturesque harbour.  The second, the newer lighthouse of Fiskardo, is also built on the same spot. It was built in 1892 and, in fact, replaced the old one. The height of its tower is more than 14 metres, while its focal height is estimated to be 27 metres. The original building was severely damaged during the 1953 earthquakes, and was almost completely reconstructed.
Location
Kefalonia Island
Coordinates
38.46045258 - 20.58196842
Tour 1
On the two beaches
On the two beaches: Afionas - Porto Timoni - Afionas The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: mixed (but the starting and the ending point are the same) Route’s duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes Route’s length: 3.200 metres Level of difficulty: difficult Suggested season: all seasons, if weather conditions permit it The route This is a very popular route especially in the summer on a very scenic and interesting route at cape Arilla (or Mourgi). The route starts from the central square of the settlement (next to the Church of Agios Ioannis the Baptist) where it is advisable to have planned to park far away from there (or in the organised parking areas that exist) to avoid possible congestion (especially during the summer months). Following the paved cobbled street of the settlement we reach an excellent view of the Ionian Sea with scattered islands, islets and rocky islets. In front of us and in the back, there is the island of Othona, a little further ahead is Mathraki, while in the foreground are the islands and islets (from south to north): Gravia (or Kravia), Sikia, Gineka, Karavi, Diakopo, Diaplo. The location also offers an excellent view of the sunset. We continue south along a beautiful path which requires extra attention because as time goes by it becomes more and more downhill and rough. After an about 600 metres descent, we reach the viewpoint of the double bay of Timoni with its homonymous isthmus. The view from this point is outstanding but requires special attention due to the cliff in front of us and the lack of protection measures. We continue our descent to the beaches where the blue waters reward us for the difficult descent.  The route continues south, slightly uphill, towards the beautiful chapel of Agios Stylianos, which is located inside a cave. We return to the beaches by the same path. Then the strenuous ascent that will return us to the settlement can be done either by the same route, or follow the east-northeast crossing towards the eastern part of the settlement with a very beautiful view of the bay of Agios Georgios and the opposing mountains of Corfu. This second route is less strenuous. On the island of Corfu there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south): Sidari, Acharavi, Kassiopi, Ypsos, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town, Achilleion, Moraitika, Argyrades and Lefkimmi. Police stations in the settlements (from north to south): Karousades, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town and Lefkimmi. Numerous private medical offices, medical centres and pharmacies, while public health structures exist (from north to south): Avliotes Regional Medical Centre, Acharavi Regional Medical Centre, Agios Athanasios Health Centre, Hospital and Emergency Centre in Corfu Town, Lefkimi Health Centre. Afionas Afionas is built on a mountainous cape in northwestern Corfu and it is located 37 km from Corfu Town. It overlooks the open sea, the rocky islet of Gravia, the Diaponitic Islands and offers unique sunsets. From the right of Afionas we can see the bay of Arillas and from the left the bay of Agios Georgios. It is an old, beautiful settlement with old mansions, colourful houses and stone cobbled streets (cantunia). According to tradition, it owes its name to the local variety of grapes called aphioni, which thrives only in Corfu.  The parish church of the village is Agios Ioannis Lampataris, built in 1636. On June 24, the festival of Agios Ioannis is held, while on the eve of the feast the "Lampata", the custom in which fires are jumped, takes place. Next to the church there is a monument in honour of Ektoras Yialopsos. Ektoras Yialopsos was originally from Afiona and was a naval officer who lost his life in Imia in 1996. Porto Timoni Beaches Below Afiona is the famous double beach Porto Timoni. These are two beaches, separated by a narrow strip of land. The eastern one (the one towards the bay of Agios Georgios) is called Limni and has blue waters, while the other (west towards the Ionian Sea) is Porto Timoni with darker waters. The landscape with the double beach is truly beautiful. On your way you will also  Agios Stylianos After the double beach Porto Timoni and towards the end of the cape, there is Akra Arillas, as it was called in ancient times, or "Head of Mourgi" for the locals, which is actually the chapel of Agios Stylianos carved in a cave. It is a tiny "shelter" for the icon of the saint that gave it its name. According to the legend, a shepherd discovered it in this place among the branches and it was there that the villagers decided to keep it because although the shepherd had tried to place it in the village church, the icon returned back without anyone having taken it. A Neolithic settlement of the 2nd millennium BC has been discovered in the area, the findings of which are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Corfu. The islets of Gravia (or Kravia), Sykia, Gynaika, Diakopo or Diaplo, Karavi, Lipso, Plaka. Gravia or Kravia, Sykia and Gynaika, are three rocky and uninhabited islands, in front of the bay of Arillas, with rich bushy vegetation and a beautiful seabed, either for diving or for a swim with a mask. They are three of the rocky islets that are part of the complex of the Diapontia Islands and are located north, between Corfu and Mathraki.  In Gravia there is a pebbly beach with crystal clear waters, for those who have a boat and can get there or for those who want to rent a boat from Arillas. There are also a few wild goats living on Gravia, which will not approach you. Diaplo is also a small uninhabited rocky islet northwest of Corfu that belongs to the complex of the Diapontia Islands and it also belongs administratively to Mathraki. It is an elongated islet with steep, rocky shores. It has crystal clear, turquoise waters and an interesting seabed. It has lush vegetation with low bushes and several animals nest on its shores, such as hares, seagulls and sea crows. In the past there used to be several donkeys, too. In the centre of Diaplos is the chapel of Ai-Nikolas, a unique building of the island. According to mythology, the rocky islets near Diaplo, Karavi, Lipso and Plaka represented the ship, the boat and the anchor of the pirates who landed on the island to plunder it, but were martyred by Ai-Nikolas.
Location
Corfu Island
Coordinates
39.71466034 - 19.65790843
Tour 1
From Agioi Deka to the top
From Agioi Deka to the top: Agioi Deka - Monastery of Pantokratoras     The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.     Route’s type: linear (the beginning and the end of the route coincide) Route’s duration: 45 minutes Route’s length: 1.900 metres Level of difficulty: medium Suggested season: all seasons, if weather conditions permit it     The route: The route starts from the statue of Gerasimos Zochios, ascending many stairs to the west, through the beautiful houses of the settlement. After passing the church of Agioi Deka, we continue uphill and after a while we come across a modern well-maintained paved road that leads us to a parking area of the settlement. Those walkers who want to avoid climbing the steps can start the route from this point. From the parking area we take the path which at the beginning is very steep and rough and needs some attention. Then we meet a concrete road, from where we continue uphill and after about 100 metres we meet the path again. The path continues uphill, but more gently this time, where somewhere in the middle of the path, which is left, there is an organized rest area (bench with a table), in the trees. The trail offers great views of northern Corfu, through the dense vegetation, and is very well marked (perhaps a bit too much) with yellow and white lines as well as signs. The route ends at the monastery of Pantokratoras, where, apart from the church and the other well-preserved buildings, there is an organised rest area with tables and benches. The return is by the same path, unless someone has planned to have a car waiting for them in the area of the monastery (the road to the monastery from the settlement requires attention because it is narrow, but easy, without being difficult. Also as a linear route, if not done back and forth, it can be done in the opposite direction, from the monastery to the settlement.   On the island of Corfu there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south): Sidari, Acharavi, Kassiopi, Ypsos, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town, Achilleion, Moraitika, Argyrades and Lefkimmi. Police stations in the settlements (from north to south): Karousades, Paleokastritsa, Corfu Town and Lefkimmi. Numerous private medical offices, medical centres and pharmacies, while public health structures exist (from north to south), Avliotes Regional Medical Centre, Acharavi Regional Medical Centre, Agios Athanasios Health Centre, Hospital and Emergency Centre in Corfu Town, Lefkimmi Health Centre.   Monastery of Pantokratoras The Monastery of Pantokratoras is built at an altitude of 580 m, on the slope of Mount Agioi Deka or Galisio Mount, as it was formerly called. It is located 3 km west of the village of Agioi Deka in Corfu. Since 1545 it has been mentioned as Pantokratoras or the temple of the 'Great Pantokrator in the Galisio Mountain of the Ascension'. In the area of the now abandoned monastery, the church of Pantokratoras and the chapel of Profitis Ilias to the west of the church can be seen. The church is rectangular, one-roomed, with a sloping roof and a wide, arched entrance. On the Sunday of Mirofores, a resurrection litany is held, which ends at the church of Pantokratoras. Agioi Deka Agioi Deka is located on the eastern side of the homonymous mountain, in central Corfu, 11 km from Corfu Town. They have 374 inhabitants (2011 census).  It is a beautiful Corfiot settlement with many traditional houses, two and three-storey, without balconies, but with external staircases, which you can find going up the cobbled streets of the village. We will also come across several churches: the church of Panagia Odigitria, the main church of the village, the church of Agioi Deka (probably the first of the village, of Cretan origin) of Agios Spyridon, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Iakovos and Agios Stylianos. The history of the village of Agioi Deka is directly linked to Crete. When the Arabs occupied Crete in the 9th century, many of the island's inhabitants fled and emigrated to various regions of Greece. They also arrived in Corfu, bringing with them the icon of the Ten Saints, who were martyred in Crete during the period of persecution by the Roman Emperor Decius. They settled in this place and built the settlement. Agioi Deka is also mentioned in written sources of 1503. The inhabitants are called Agiokadites, from an abbreviation of Agiodekadites. In 1877, the poet and writer Oscar Wilde, travelling to Corfu, climbed the mountain and dedicated his poem of the same name to the enchanting region: “The Gods are dead: no longer do we bring to grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves! Demeter’s child no more hath tithe of sheaves……»  
Location
Corfu Island
Coordinates
39.54935359 - 19.88022872