Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lafkos-Agios Spiridon monastery-Promiri

Promiri
Distance: 7,8 km
Time: 2,5 hours (walking time 2.15')
Altitude: from 310 m. (Lafkos) to 230 m. (Promiri)
Total ascent: 176 m.  Total descent: 260 m.
Signed with: round yellow signs
Drinking water on walk: at the monastery (if open)
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              Although this may not be the shortest route from Lafkos to Promiri, it surely is the nicest and we recommend it.
          Starting from Lafkos square, we walk on the main kalderimi to the south (away from the church) and pass by the bakery. At a  signed V-junction we take the left branch (the right one goes towards the cemetery).  We soon come to another junction where we see the school in front of us. Here we go left again and come down on the main asphalt road junction. Walking on the asphalt towards Promiri for 200 m., just before the electricity substation, we leave the asphalt to the right on the kalderimi towards Platanias. Climbing on the hill, we enjoy beautiful view to the Pagasitic sea.
View to the Pagasitic sea
             Reaching the wide earth road that goes to Mikro beach, we cross it at an angle and further down join it again. After 100 m. on the road (attention!) we take the narrow earth track to the left. After another 200 m. there is a junction where we go to the right. The earth track ends at a vineyard, and we continue on path through oak forest.
        We come to cross the wide earth road which goes to Agios Spiridon, and continue on the beautiful woodland path, which descends on a section of kalderimi, until it enters a gorge by a small stream, normally without water. 
           The path continues on the left side of the stream and eventually opens to an earth track, We turn left and soon join the earth road just above the monastery of Agios Spiridon.
Agios Spiridon monastery
                        Related to the village of Promiri, built at time unknown, the monastery was destroyed by the Turks during the Greek revolution in 1823 and was rebuilt in 1834. Later it became deserted, but from 1980`s and on operates again as a nunnery. At time present (2018) it has three nuns.

            Leaving the monastery, we take the narrow earth track on the right, going downhill on a straight line following the fence. Further down it becomes a path incorporating traces of kalderimi. This comes down to cross an overgrown gully. On the other bank we continue on a path which later becomes earth road and we go past a hut. At the first junction we go left uphill and at the second junction left downhill. We walk next to a barbed wire fence and after that fence, we find a downhill path which soon joins the wide kalderimi going from Promiri to Platanias, on which we walk uphill, going past a water fountain (nowadays without water) at  the location of Randi. 
The fountain at Randi
          We walk uphill on the wide and well preserved kalderimi in the direction of Promiri. There is a section of earth road, the kalderimi continues on the right, and then crosses the road.  Further up we come to cross the main asphalt to Platanias. On the other side of the asphalt there is a wide earth road on the right going towards Rodia. We take the narrow one on the left on a northerly direction, which later becomes a kalderimi and we walk on a straight line following the course of a gully. 
The overgrown kalderimi
           After a fair distance on the overgrown kalderimi, we go past a junction with a path on the right going to Kanalaki-Rodia, we cross a stream,  then ascend and join the asphalt at the entrance of Promiri. The recorded track ends at the village square.
Promiri

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