Halki Paths

Halki Island of the Dodecanese Chora
  1. 1.Nimborio Chorio-Palarniotis

The path passes through a few places with vegetation and much more places with pebbles. Moving away from Nimborio it first passes by the Byzantine chapel of Agioi Anargyroi, the ancient vaulted tomb at the location of Spilios tou Arapi, the old oil press of Chorio, Kato Vryti with the old well and the big pine tree, Pano Vryti (probably the oldest well of Chorio). Afterwards, it passes through the old cemetery with the church of Metamorfosis built of older architectural parts and it enters a location with ‘kyfes’ (stone huts). The uphill for the monastery of Taxiarchis Michael Palarniotis, at Plagia, begins right after the valley.

  1. 2.Palarniotis-Agios Georgios of Ryaki

The route from Plagia where the monastery of Palarniotis is located up to Ai Giorgis passes by ruins of medieval churches, dry stone-walls and ruined windmills. It finally ends up hanging over the sea, through a windy and in many parts built path, until it reaches a hidden oasis of perennial trees, the turpentine trees (Pistacia terebinthus) with the country church on the background.

  1. 3.Stavros tou Xylou-Kamenos Spilios-Pyrgos

The route from the road up to the country church of Stavros tou Xylou, where there is the very interesting half-hour-walk path to Kamenos Spilios begins, just before the direction to Agios Ioannis. It was in Kamenos Spilios in the 17th century that admiral Francesco Morosini burnt the Halkians who were hidden in the cave, because they promptly notified the Ottomans of Rhodes for the arrival of the Venetian armada. Two paths, which are not always clearly visible, towards Lefko and Pyrgos start from Kamenos. The second path passes by the locations of Vounia and Chroussoi, in order to reach the NW edge of the island, at Pyrgos with its beautiful and untrodden beach.

Source: www.ecoislands.gr

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