TREKKING WALKING RHODES

Orange Valley Hiking Tour OR Filerimos Hiking Tour Trek subject: Greek tradition and the joys of the Greek sea ROUTE GENERAL DETAILS Area: Kalathos Overall trek time:  Around 8 hours Additional activities: Aerobic exercises or yoga-based exercises, visit to a monastery, swim in the sea, orientation game on the beach Comments: The route is suitable even on days with […]

Orange Valley Hiking Tour OR Filerimos Hiking Tour

Trek subject: Greek tradition and the joys of the Greek sea

ROUTE GENERAL DETAILS

Area: Kalathos
Overall trek time:  Around 8 hours
Additional activities: Aerobic exercises or yoga-based exercises, visit to a monastery, swim in the sea, orientation game on the beach
Comments: The route is suitable even on days with high temperatures

TREK DETAILS

Length: 8.3 kilometres
Altitude: 150 m
Estimated time spent trekking: 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours
Degree of difficulty: 1 (easy) but can be increased to 2 (average) for anyone who wants.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The route starts at the entry to the gorge on the banks of a tributary of the Gadouras River. Before setting out we start with aerobic warm-up exercises.
There are pine and cypress trees along the entire length of the route and as the trek advances the gorge opens up creating hillsides planted with crops.
Watch the river frogs and crabs that love to hide under rocks or shaded pools.
The river is also home to the microscopic gizani fish (Ladigesocypris ghigii) that manages to survive the winter’s torrential waters by swimming upstream, and the summer’s drought by taking refuge in pools with very little water. It’s rightly known as the island’s survival champion.
Along the way, the tour passes by olive groves where you’re given the chance to smell local herbs.
Crossing low banks and dry stone walls we come to the reservoir, and behind us are the ruins of a small village with old farmers’ houses.
The trek continues on to its highest point offering an uninterrupted view of the valley with its pine forest and cypress trees, olive groves and the immense Kalathos Bay and the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The hill is home to Kammiri Monastery. From there we start our descent to the monastery through the pine forest.
On reaching the monastery and its grounds, we do some more aerobic stretches, and yoga-inspired exercises.
It’s now time for our meal of delicious Greek salad made with the abundant produce of Greece’s soil.
Visit the interior of the chapel dedicated to the Archangel Michael and enjoy the view from outside it.
We then take the trail through the pine and cypress trees and olive groves once again, and head down to our finishing point.
There we board the mini bus and after a 10-minute drive reach Kalathos Beach where we do some gentle aerobics and yoga-based exercises to relax and unwind at the quiet beach bar.

Filerimos trek

Trek subject:  In the footsteps of the goddess Athena

ROUTE GENERAL DETAILS

Area: Mt. Filerimos
Overall trek time: Around 3 hours
Additional activities:  Aerobic exercises and yoga-based exercises
Comments: The trek takes place in the evening as the sun sets
Food: Greek sandwich with feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, olives and olive oil

TREK DETAILS

Length: 4.5 kilometres
Altitude:  220 m
Estimated time spent trekking: 2 ½ to 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: 1 (easy) but can be increased to 2 (average) for anyone who wants

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The trek starts in the foothills of the mountain from the ancient path the goddess Athena is said to have used to climb to the peak where the ancient acropolis of Filerimos is located.
On the way to the peak we stop off at the  fountain above which is the summer home of the island’s governors.
On reaching the peak we visit the ruins of the ancient acropolis and having taken in the view of the island’s eastern and western sides, we begin the ascent to the giant cross at the highest point of the peak.
On the way up to the cross, every 5 m on the right are the ‘Stations of the Cross’ carved on marble columns during the period of Italian rule. The road to the cross shows Christ’s Golgotha.
All around are male peacocks with their fabulous tails.
On reaching the cross we have a 360o view. Looking straight ahead we can see the southern side of the island, the two civilian airports (old and new), on the right is Asia Minor and if you turn around you get a perimetric panorama of the entire island.
Heading downhill there is a continuous view of the island’s NW side which faces the Eastern Mediterranean.

Nymph’s spring

Trek subject: The Italian influence and a view of the whole island

ROUTE GENERAL DETAILS

Area:  Profitis Ilias Church on Mt. Profitis Ilias
Overall trek time: 8 hours
Additional activities: Aerobic exercises or yoga-based exercises, a visit to a monastery, visit to villa de Vecchi, a visit to the ancient city of Kamiros
Comments: The route is ideal for those days with very high temperatures

TREK DETAILS

Length: 7.2 kilometres
Altitude: 550 m
Estimated time spent trekking: 3 ½ to 4 hours
Degree of difficulty: 1 (easy) but can be increased to 2 (average) for anyone who wants

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

We start by following the stream that flows by the village of Salakos on the SW side of Rhodes, having first done some warm-up exercises or yoga-inspired exercises.
The gentle upward route is accompanied by constant sound of running water flowing down from the mountain top.
We soon reach the home of the island’s rare butterflies, who cover the tree trunks and sides of the gorge.  This butterfly valley is much prettier than the island’s more famous one located on Mt. Kalamonas.
The gorge deepens and we continue onwards to the ruins of an old hydroelectric plant built by the Italians to supply power to the buildings at the peak.
We reach the peak and visit Profitis Ilias monastery dedicated to the Prophet Elijah.
Next door are the Elafos and Elafina Hotels built by the Italians to host the VIP guests of the island’s governor during the period of Italian rule.
We also visit the ruins of the villa built by the governor of the Dodecanese, De Vecchi, a close friend and associate of Mussolini, which lies only a few metres beyond the Monastery. Here we can enjoy the uninterrupted view of the western side of the island facing the Aegean Sea.
Heading down from Profitis Ilias one gets a view of the eastern side of Rhodes. Before stopping for aerobic exercise on the plateau in front of us, we also visit the chapel dedicated to Archangel Michael.
We then take the downward winding path to Nymph’s spring dedicated to the nymphs. We stop off there for lunch and rest, taking in the view of the plain and the beach of ancient Kamiros.
We then board the mini bus and end our day out with a quick visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Kamiros.

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