It is a 3 km route, ideal for hiking. It is rough in some points and requires attention. Return time, following the same route should also be taken into account.

Starting point: Avlaki - Katonisi

 

 

At Katonisi, on the edge of the beach of Panagia, there is the position Avlaki, where the boats used to disembark the pilgrims of the Virgin Mary. It is a rock in the sea that looks like a natural jetty. On the right and left the water is deep, while in the middle the shallow water forms a channel.

We pass the first cape (Kavos Kassellas), which is opposite the homonymous island, and we follow the sandy path.

Further to the south, we find Drizi, a spot that is full of caves and rocky ground. Here there was fresh water accumulated in natural troughs. This whole area is called Kakovraha (meaning "bad rocks"). It's pretty rutty and needs to be cautious.

Then, approaching Fidospilia or Fidospilos, we can look for fossils on the rocks.

After passing a ruined limekiln, we find the little chapel of Agios Dimitrios.

The rocks that rise above are called Fidospilia or Fidospilos (meaning snake-cave). It is a richly decorated, mysterious, burrowing and unexplored cave. According to locals' testimonies, the cave is linked to the sea. Here you can admire several fossils.

Continuing alongside to the beach, before the islet of Aglyftis, we meet Alatsospilies, a point where natural salt pans are formed. In the caves of this area, the shepherds used to put their animals.

We continue to the south, where the path becomes flatter, and we get to the sea, on the beach of Agliftis (Agios Glyptis) and the homonymous island. An old road network that starts from the shore of Agliftis and fades into the sea, marks the great historical value of this place.

Here is also the picturesque and deserted chapel of St. Patapios, built in 1960.

At the end of Agliftis beach, near the gulf there is a well from which you can drink fresh water. There is also a flat spot with a large salt cedar (tamarix) under the shade of which one can rest.

After that, there is a sandy beach named Ammouditsa.

The last stop is the southwestern coast of primitive and wild natural beauty in the area, called Cholokoura or Chourhoulakia full of white and gray big round stones.

 

 

Sources

Mentis, K., 1994, S. Peloponnesus and its “smigopelaga” islands. - Il Peloponneso meridionale e le sue isole “smigopelaga”, Elafonisos: Library of Elafonisos/Bibliotheca di Elafonisos

High School of Elafonisos, School Year 2011-2012, Stories of Elafonisos (Myths and beliefs about the place names of our island)

http://elafonisos.gov.gr

 

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