M19 Avlemonas – Aghios Georgios (Saint George)
3 km | 1 h 30 ‘| Difficulty 2/5 | Circular: No
From the small picturesque port of Avlemonas commences one of the ancient trails on the island. Its use dates back to the Minoan period, when Kytherian residents used it to have access to the Minoan peak sanctuary.
The arrival at the church of Aghios Georgios on the mountain, with its Byzantine floor mosaic, is always a great experience. The view over the island and especially of the eastern coast of Kythera will remain engraved, for many years, in the memory of those who “conquer” the Mountain on foot.
M35 Avlemonas – Diakofti
6 km | 3 h
Behind the church of Aghios Nicolaos (Saint Nicholas) another path climbs gently to the slope of Aghios Georgios mountain, overgrown with thyme and oregano, and reaches Diakofti. On your way you will admire the view of two islets with a great history, the Small and Big Dragonara. Shortly before arriving at Diakofti the panoramic and breathtaking view of the sea and the wild rock complexes will forever remain in your memories.
Path: Aghios Nikolaos bay – Lighthouse
From Lagadaki, the small beach located in the bay of Aghios Nicholaos, a short path along the sea begins and ends at the harbor lighthouse. Close by, on the rocky coast, Lord Elgin’s ship, “Mentor”, sank when carrying sculptures from the decoration of the Parthenon.
Walking route: Avlemonas – Palaeopoli beach
And if you want a short, pleasant walking route, that the locals particularly like, you can walk from Avlemonas to Paleopoli beach. Do not forget to stop and rest at the well, at the bend before you reach the beach. Opposite the well, there are several salt pits, from which the delicious and rare Kytherian coarse salt is collected. When you arrive at the beach you can admire the white, fragrant sea lilies that bloom in August.