STARTING POINT: In front of the Chora Castle entrance (alternatively, at the beginning of Kapsali bay)
MAIN SIGHTS: Chora, Castle of Chora, Churches of Mesa Vourgo, British stone bridge, Kapsali
CONNECTION TO OTHER TRAILS: M04, M11, M15
This spectacular path was once one of Kythera’s busiest routes, connecting the island’s former main port, Kapsali, with the capital city of Chora. Today the path forms a circular route, allowing hikers to descend from the western side of the Kastro (castle fort) with a breathtaking view of the impressive cliffside fortifications. The landscape along this path is rich in landmarks (churches, stone mansions, an ancient stone bridge, English aquaduct, etc.) and provides a stunning view over the sea and the twin bays of Kapsali harbour. The adventurous hiker with a taste for action can find organized climbing opportunities at Sparagario beach. For more seawards-inclined visitors, a speed-boat trip can be arranged to the rocky islet of Chytra off the coast of Kapsali. Here one can marvel at the impressive open-water sea cave with its magnificently coloured waters, as well as the flocks of seabirds nesting on its otherwise barren slopes.
- It is strongly advisable that you visit the castle of Chora! Be aware that it is not open during all day.
- You can start the trail from the main square of Chora, thus combining it to a beautiful stroll in the island’s capital.