A lovely walk on earth roads and paths to Agios Lavrentios and onwards to Drakia. We recorded the route one way but walked there and back in 4 hours (plus time for a coffee and picnic stop along the way)
Parking area - start of walk
Start of walk on earth road
From here you join the marked trail from Agios Vlasios to Agios Lavrentios
Path narrows and follows the water channel
take care to cross streams of water from irrigation channels.
Agios Yiannis chapel and picnic area
Approach to river crossing (stepping stones)
Extra care needed in winter or after heavy rain.
Continue on beautiful path
Path joins earth road towards asphalt
If you walk back along this route make sure you see this entrance of the path into the forest.
Turn right along asphalt road
Turn left and follow this stone path into the village
The marked route follows the asphalt uphill. It is much better to take the stone path through to the village centre
The walk turns left and descend to the village square
A short detour takes you to the monastery of Agios Lavrentios (follow the signs)
Looking back at the path that descends to the village square
You will take this path on your return!
An excellent cafe for some refreshment.
The only place open when we passed through, it was excellent. Here the path leaves the village square for the path to Drakia. This point is 4km from our start point and takes one hour. You may wish to return from here if you want a shorter walk back to the start point.
Leaving the square towards Drakia turn left at the path intersection.
Keep left onto the narrow path
A great view across to Drakia
Here the path turns right and follows an earth road towards Drakia. Continue on the main earth road and ignore small turns to the left or right.
A small stream crosses the road
Take path to the right and slightly uphill.
Turn left, path joins asphalt road
If you return on this route the waymarker sign is invisible so remember this turn off the asphalt back towards Ag Lavrentios.
Asphalt all the way !
The last section of walk is on a quiet asphalt road.
Village information sign at Drakia
Memorial to the massacre of villagers in December 1943
Here we finished the walk. Now you can explore the village find refreshments and perhaps like us walk back to the start on the same route. It is worth it! Great views on the return path.