From Charakas to Agiofarago
The route starts from the village of Charakas, where you can visit the old fortress and admire traditional looms and handwoven textiles.
From Charakas you can reach the mountainous settlement of Kapetaniana by car, at an altitude of 750m. Once there, visit the important Byzantine Church of Panagia “Kyrie Eleison”.
From Kapetaniana, descend South, enjoying the rugged, rocky landscape with panoramic sea views, to find the beautiful, secluded beach of Vourlidia in the bay of Salamia.
From Vourlidia, continue by road to Tripiti where you’ll find an early Minoan settlement at 135m above sea level, with magnificent views to the Libyan Sea. At the exit of the gorge of Tripiti there is a charming beach with the same name, with turquoise waters and a few tamarisk trees for shade.
From Tripiti, head to Odigitria Monastery and Agiofarago gorge, a unique destination for its natural beauty and its religious tradition. The Byzantine monastery of Odigitria was an important monastic centre. The icons were made by the famous byzantine painter Angelos and are of unique artistic value.
From the Monastery of Odigitria a dirt road leads to a parking lot from where you start the hike to cross Agiofarago. The landscape is rocky and imposing. You will come across Goumenospilio, the church of Agios Antonios and a magnificent beach at the exit of the gorge.