Walking on the Greek Islands - the Cyclades
Naxos and the 50km Naxos Strada, Paros, Amorgos, Santorini
Guidebook to 35 walks exploring the Greek islands of Naxos, Paros, Amorgos and Santorini in the Cyclades. Walks range from 4km to 17km, many using traditional working paths but some challenging sections. Includes the 5-stage Naxos Strada coast-to-coast route.
SeasonsApril-May for wildflowers, while September, October and early November for generally calm weather and clear paths. February-March can offer calm sunshine days and fabulous flowers, but can also be cold and wet.
CentresEach of the four islands has its own main towns; Parikia on Paros, Chora on Naxos, Egiali and Katapola on Amorgos, Fira on Santorini.
DifficultyWalks vary from 4km to 16km, easy to challenging. Traditional paved paths can be rough underfoot.
Must SeeWildflowers and aromatic shrubs; 2500 year old giant statues abandoned in their quarries; 9th century BC stone circles; Archaic citadels and medieval hilltop forts; remote monasteries and chapels embedded in mountains and cliffs; Cycladic villages; Mount Zas on Naxos, highest peak in the Cyclades; Santorini's sea-filled crater and layer-cake cliffs; 'The Big Blue' Cycladian ocean
This guidebook offers 35 day walks across the four Cycladic islands of Paros, Naxos, Amorgos and Santorini. Best explored in spring and autumn, each island offers a unique walking experience and the walks range from easy 4km town tours to 16km hikes visiting remote peaks in wild interiors. This is the first guide to feature the new 50km Naxos Strada, which is introduced as a series of five day walks.
The walks often follow traditional paved paths which have been used by locals for centuries and the guide offers a wealth of insights into the history, geology and wildlife of the areas travelled through. Dotted amongst rugged mountains and working farmland are historic sites dating back to the height of Ancient Greece and impressive rural monasteries. On the coast, white sand bays and dramatic cliffs frame the expansive blue Aegean sea.
For each walk, this guide includes detailed route description and Anavasi mapping to aid navigation. It also contains information about getting to the Cyclades and island hopping, along with an English-Greek glossary of key words and phrases and an appendix full of useful contacts.
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Gilly Cameron-Cooper's main career was as a journalist, non-fiction author and editor, but in 2002 she and her husband Robin set up Walking Plus Ltd, the first company to offer guided and self-guided hiking holidays on the Greek Islands. While living in Athens, Gilly wrote for the English language press and produced consultation documents on sustainable tourism for the Greek government. She has hiked all over the world, publishing articles for national magazines and newspapers, and books on mythology, walking London's waterways, and Beatrix Potter's Lake District. https://www.gillycameroncooper.com/View author profile
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