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Kassandra - Kryopigi to Kassandrino

This walk, which is quite long, takes one via forest tracks to the beautiful little village of Kassandrino , hidden away in the hills of Kassandra. This unspoilt Creek village is a delight to visit. The return path to Kryopighi also uses forest tracks that take one through the more remote parts of this peninsula.

The walk begins beside the church in Kryopighi. On entering the village from the north turn right into the old village immediately after passing under the second set of flashing amber traffic Signals.

The route

The walk begins beside the church in Kryopighi. On entering the village from the north turn right into the old village immediately after passing under the second set of flashing amber traffic Signals.

From the church take the concrete road that leads southwest, up towards the woods. This zig zags up the hill, past houses, eventually becoming an unmade access road. From here, looking back there is a good view of the sea across to Kelyfos Island and Sithonia beyond. In 300m a junction is reached.

The road to the right leads up to Ag. Paraskevi (Holy Friday), about 500m away, and thence to Kassandria, where there is an excellent market on a Tuesday. A possible extra walk for a Tuesday would be to visit the chapel of Ag. Paraskevi and then carry on to Kassandria (about two and a half hours) for the market, returning by bus or taxi to Kryopighi.

To continue to Kassandrino ignore this right turn to pass through olive groves and arrive at a goat-drinking trough in 250m. Only 100m further on a junction is reached, signed Kassandrino to the right. Turn right here, heading south up the hill, past a fine stone built church. About 200 m further on a track leads off to the left. Leave the main track here and follow this minor track across the field and down the slope beyond. The track descends quickly at first, as it curves round to the west, with steep woodland on the right. In about 2km the track turns away from the wood and travels due south across fields, to eventually arrive at an asphalt road. Before reaching the road the track arrives at a dry sandy streambed, which is bone dry for most of the year. Turn right onto this streambed and follow it all of the way to Kassandrino, a distance of about 4 km along the valley bottom. At the village turn left, up onto the road, just before the bridge. It is only 5OO m along the road to the village centre, where there are two fine traditional taverns.

Having refreshed oneself in this delightful place, continue on down the main street towards the end of the village. Here an obvious narrow path can be seen winding up a low ridge to the left, above the houses, and entering the trees. Look for the Poseidon way marker signs that indicate the Start of this track which takes one between houses, with tractors and farm implements parked, up onto the hillside. In a short distance the narrow path widens into a forest road, which leads quite steeply upwards to arrive at the main forest road that follows the ridge above the village. Turn right onto the main track and follow it all of the way, as it meanders eastward, for two kilometres, gradually gaining height. This ridge path passes through fine open woodland with steep valleys falling away on both sides and occasional cultivated fields, where the ridge widens slightly. Keep to the main track and look for the way marker signs, whenever a fork is reached. After 2km of walking, and just after a slight curving descent to the left, the track curves gently right and climbs again, as a field is passed on the right. Look for the way marker on a tree to the left here, just before the brow of the hill. This indicates the start of a steep descent to the left, through the wood, following an old resin collectors' path. Follow the way markers through the wood as the path descends to the north and then turns east through delightful woodland. A field will be seen on the right, through the trees. In 1 km the path emerges onto a track with a field directly opposite. Cross at the bottom of the field and follow the markers through the hedge to a track. Turn left onto the track to arrive at the asphalt road between Kassindrino and Kryopighi in a short distance. Turn right onto the road for only 25m, then cross the road and turn left onto another track This track travels northward, climbing slightly through an olive grove to arrive at a junction in 300m. Turn left here and continue northwards, keeping to the main track all of the way as it climbs up the hill towards Kryopighi. Eventually, after 600m or so the top is reached with sea views, through the olive grove, to the right. The path now descends through olive groves, and smallholdings to arrive back, in another 600m, at the junction near the stone church, mentioned earlier. The circuit is complete. It now only remains to retrace your steps back to the village to seek out a tavern.


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