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Trekking with our Eco-guides

Trekking with our Eco-guides

Nantia and Rigas are islanders, passionately devoted to Kythera’s eco-system, its heritage and its culture. They have been active for years in trail restoration and construction and now are co-managing the development of an extensive trail network in Kythera as part of the sweeping Kythera Hiking, a project to sign-post about 250km of the old trails of Kythera.

Nantia has studied tourism in Greece and Spain and is qualified in canyoning. She has been working as a hiking guide on the trails of Kythera since 2013.  Her pursuit of beekeeping has helped her gain extensive knowledge about the local flora and fauna as well as about traditional herbal remedies. Nantia speaks Greek, English and Spanish.

Rigas is an experienced trekker and an avid traveler, having visited more than 40 countries. He holds an MSc degree in organic agriculture from the Netherlands, has attended courses on alternative tourism, culinary tourism and intercultural/sustainable tour guiding and has worked as a cross-disciplinary researcher on food networks, agrobiodiversity conservation and innovation in rural areas. During his research as a UNESCO advisor for the islands of Kythera and Antikythera he had the opportunity to enrich his knowledge of the local agro-ecosystem, culture and gastronomy. Rigas speaks Greek, English and German.

Nantia and Rigas will be happy to recommend Kastropolis’s guests a variety of trekking tours, ranging from easy to demanding. They can produce their own suggestions or tailor-make tours according to your interests. Hikes explore traditional settlements, medieval castle towns, caves, waterfalls, gorges and remote beaches – some of the most stunning in Greece. Routes and other details may be found on www.kytherahiking.com but here is a sample to whet your interest.

Mylopotamos -- waterfalls: this circular route -- beginning and ending in the picturesque village of Mylopotanos -- takes about three hours and follows an old path alongside a creek with deserted watermills and arched stone bridges. The stream cascades through a heavily wooded gorge in a succession of waterfalls that tumble into turquoise lagoons where the hardy may be tempted to taking a “refreshing” swim.

Potamos – Palaiochora: this 3-hour route leads from Potamos village through beautiful gorges to Palaiochora, the derelict medieval castle-town that stands above the Kakia Lagkada gorge atop a 200 metre cliff. Palaiochora was the island’s capital up until the year 1537, when it was destroyed by Barbarossa, the much feared pirate.

The southern tour: adjustable to your walking mood; can range from a 1-3 hours walk around Chora and Kapsali, the fishing village, to a demanding 7-hours outing. You will escape from the tourist areas, walk along the southern coast to the Trachilas cape, pass through abandoned villages, visit caves, churches and monasteries, all with a backdrop of stunning sea views.

Kastropolis guests staying for one week or longer receive incentive vouchers towards the rates.

Nantia Megalokonomou: tel + 30 - 697 8494 802, [email protected]
Rigas Zafeiriou: tel + 30 - 694 7203 290, [email protected]