25 MAY – 1 JUNE ’18 with Jill Sleeman,

€ 435 – €585

Hike the Ancient Donkey Paths of Mt Pelion

These walking holidays are a programme of guided 3-4 hr morning walks — through apple orchards and olive groves, deep into the woods, up the mountain, along the wilder stretches of coast line, down to the beaches of the Aegean.

Apart from Saturday, our walking holidays usually start after breakfast, but depending on the climate may start earlier, and if so, your leader will provide you with a picnic breakfast. Usually walks will end at the coast where there is time to purchase lunch or eat a picnic lunch. There is ample time for swimming and guests return to Alexandros Hotel by foot at their own leisure

On Saturday we meet for coffee after the community meeting to talk about the region and our itineraries for the week and to go over local maps and resources.

Itinerary of the Walking Holidays

Sunday — Chestnuts and Olive Trees

A 535 m descent from Kissos village shrouded in forests with chestnut trees and ending at the stunning beach of Plaka by Agios Ioannis. Our route to the sparkling turquoise Aegean sea wends its way through apple orchards, chestnut forests, and olive groves. We pass Agios Dimitrios with its traditional flag-stoned village square and massive Church. At the foot of Mt Pelion where the verdant moutains greet the shimmering water at the sea-shore we have our lunch, our afternoon swim and laze on the beach.

Monday — The Hidden Squares and Gardens of Tsagarada

An ideal opportunity to understand the local net-working of mule paths within the large aristocratic village of Tsagarada. We’ll walk in the shade of enormous chestnut trees, admire the traditional archictecture and soak up the unique atmosphere of the beautiful village squares and village churches.

Tuesday — Kissos to Mouresi and on to Damouchari

This energetic walk begins with a descent into the steep forested valley between the two villages of Kissos and Mouresi. We pass tumbling rivers, small cascading waterfalls and rock pools. We then climb steeply up to Mouresi, passing through chestnut forests, apple and cherry orchards. This is then followed by a descent to Damouchari, an enchanting and idyllic harbour with a dazzling white pebble beach, where parts of the film Mama Mia were made. We spend the afternoon there in the cafes and on the beach, meeting the rest of the community for supper at Apostoli’s taverna.

Wednesday — Tsagarada- Fakistra- Damouchari

Leaving the chestnut forests of Tsagarada the path leads to the small and spectacular beach of Fakistra. Following a swim and a break for our picnic lunch, we continue on by a coastal walk to Damouchari.

Thursday — Tsagarada

This walk begins with a circular route within Mouresi village through the apple and cherry orchards. There will be an interlude at the tiny Church of the Stavros (The church of the cross).

The second half of the walk will be on the verdant mule-path linking Mouresi village and Damouchari. Time for refreshments and swimming in the afternoon.

Hiking boots are suggested, also a day-pack, water bottle and a stick would be useful. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for hiking and for repatriation. The leader reserves to change the itinerary if necessary.