Kiotari-Asklipio, between history and nature

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A romantic stroll to discover one of the island’s most characteristic villages, known for its imposing castle and Byzantine church.

In summary

  • EVERY THURSDAY 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Meeting place: Kiotari

  • Duration: 4 h

  • Distance:  14 km

  • Elevation gain: 350 m

  • Difficult: easy

  • Ring: yes

  • Cost € 15 per person

  • Type of trail: paved road-dirt

Itinerary description

From Kiotari, we climb up the mountain on a dirt road surrounded by wild vegetation and Aleppo pines to the ruins of a castle perched on a rocky hill. Located only 4 km from the coast, at an elevation of 250 m, it enjoys a strategic position with vast views over the sea and the inland part of the island. The stairway and entrance to the castle, most of its thick walls and battlements, and two towers remain intact. We then descend into the old-fashioned village of Askiplio, with its splendid Byzantine church and huddled white houses, to return to Kiotari. Along the way we enjoy splendid views over the sea, from the beaches of Pefkos to Plimiri. We conclude our walk on a lovely sand and pebble beach.

Startingpoint

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USEFUL INFO

  • Includes: Traditional snack and bottle of water

  • Hiking equipment available on request

  • Minimum number of participants: 4

  • Maximum number of participants: 20

  • Best time of year: Year round (departure at 7:00 AM in July/August)

  • Meeting point: see map

  • What to bring: sunscreen, water, sun hat, beach towel and bathing suit

  • Transfer available on request: € 10 – € 25 per person (depending on departure point) both ways

  • Meeting time is 15 min prior to the scheduled departure time. The balance must be paid prior to departure (Paypal, Credit/debit card or cash). Participants will be asked to sign a waiver of responsibility and a declaration that they are in good health prior to departure. Open to kids aged 12 and up only if accompanied by an adult.

Regulations

• Comply with the established departure time and programme, and with any changes made by the guide;
• Participate in the excursion in good psychological and physical condition, with appropriate clothing and equipment. If you have any doubts, discuss them with your guide before the day of the excursion;
• Behave in a disciplined way during the excursion, demonstrating respect for other people and for private property and following your guide’s instructions;
• Follow the established route, without becoming separated from or leaving the group, and without walking ahead of the guide;
• Collaborate with your guide to ensure the success of the excursion and comply with his or her decisions, especially if difficulties arise (in the environmental conditions and/or among the participants); inform the guide of any problems that may emerge during the activity, especially in relation to your psychological and physical condition and equipment;
• Do not pick protected plant or flower species and follow the guide’s instructions at all times;
• Carry your garbage until you come to a bin for proper disposal.

Every participant is personally responsible for any behaviour resulting in a risk to him/herself or to others, particularly if he or she takes personal initiatives against the guide’s opinion.

Photography and filming
Photographs and/or videos will be taken during the excursion which may appear on web sites in the public domain used by the organisers for the promotion of their initiatives. By participating in the excursion, you agreed to publication of this material.

Mobile telephones
Participants are asked to keep their mobile telephones turned off. If this is not possible, they should at least be kept in silent mode. If you need to make a telephone call, please notify the guide and then leave the group, while remaining in the guide’s sight.
Recording of GPS tracks
GPS devices may be used during excursions for the purposes of orientation, but participants agree not to make any GPS tracks they may record available to the public.

LEGEND OF DIFFICULTY

  • easy: for everyone (including minors over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult)
  • medium: requiring at least some training (minors over the age of 14 accompanied by an adult)
  • hard: requiring a fair amount of training (minors over the age of 16 accompanied by an adult)
  • hard +: requiring considerable training (minors over the age of 16 accompanied by an adult)

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