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Kythera Trails: M49 Nature In Contrast

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Distance
8.88 mi
Elevation gain
1,296 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
1,296 ft
Max elevation
546 ft
TrailRank 
61
Min elevation
-22 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
2 hours 55 minutes
Time
4 hours 23 minutes
Coordinates
2382
Uploaded
September 6, 2023
Recorded
September 2023
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near Karavás, Attica (Greece)

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Kythera Trails: M49 Nature In Contrast


How many different places can fit in one island? On Kythera, the diversity of landscapes is fascinating; from arid, desert-like places to verdant valleys with plentiful springs and waterfalls. These stark contrasts are showcased along this trail. From the fairytale setting of the Amiralis spring, the cobblestone path ascends, and before heading north, a short offshoot reaches the amphitheatrical abandoned settlement of Mavrogiorgianika, which enchants the visitors of the area. The handcrafted trail to the north, perched on the slopes, between steep terraces that were once cultivated, is a balcony to all of northern Kythera, Elafonisos and Laconia. Passing cobbled paths, olive groves and lush vegetation sometimes with maples, sometimes with pines, plane trees, mock privets and strawberry trees, the route follows the steps of the lighthouse keepers until it reaches the windswept northern shores.

The chapel of Agios Nikolaos, standing between the two sandy beaches and next to the beautiful wetland, has always been a place for rest as well as festivities on the saint’s feast day. The uphill trail to cape Spathi, the northernmost part of Kythera, is impressive. There stands the imposing English lighthouse of Moudari, one of the most significant in the sea route between eastern and central Mediterranean, whose tower rises up to 25 meters high. Nearby, the cave of Paris and Helen (of Troy) is well-hidden, being the refuge of the mythical lovers with a majestic view to the sea and the sunset. The rest of the trail towards Plateia Ammos offers stunning vistas, being one of the most beautiful coastal trails of Kythera. Returning to Karavas, the route proceeds next to the cool verdant ravine which is overgrown with oleanders, chaste trees, reeds and plane trees. Passing by watermills and the settlement of Vaggianika it arrives at the famous spring of Portokalia and back to the starting point.

More info: www.kytheratrails.gr

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