Sunday, May 29, 2022

Katigiorgis-Promiri-Katigiorgis (circular)



Distance: 18.2 km.

Time: 7.5 hours with stops

Altitude: from 0 m. (Katigiorgis) to 234 m. (Promiri square) to 373 m. (maximum)

Total ascent / descent: 622 m.

Marking: red marks and round signs

Drinking water on walk: Promiri

Start / end: Katigiorgis beach

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         In the book of the late Nikos Haratsis "A Pelion Guide for Walkers", published in 1995, there is a description of the route Promiri-Rodia, noting that "the route has been completely abandoned for many years, and therefore has closed at many points''. After another 28 years of complete abandon, one can imagine how closed the kalderimi-path was.

The path before cleaning

        However, in the winter of 2022 with voluntary work and with a lot of patience and perseverance, we managed to find and open it. So now, restored and marked, it can be used either in combination with the other route via Lyri (Promyri-Lyri-Katigiorgis)  to create a circular walk, as we did here, or to walk only the new path in hiking (Promiri-Rodia-Vromoneri-Katigiorgis, a distance of ten kilometers). In the latter case, we must have arranged how to return to Promiri, and one solution is to take the bus that makes the route from Katigiorgis to Promiri-Volos every day at 15.15 '.

Approaching Promiri via Lyri

        In the circular route that we present here, we first climbed from Katigiorgis to Promiri via Lyri and then returned by the new path through Rodia-Vromoneri. 


        Starting from the beach of Katigiorgis, we go up to the main road. At a hundred meters, as the road turns, we go straight ahead on a narrow uphill concrete road, which was probably a cobblestone path in the past. We cross the asphalt and continue on a dirt road in a pine forest. At the intersection we go right, paying attention to the red marks. Here this part of the road looks abandoned. Our course is generally north-northwest. Further on, walking on a dirt road, after a fence we have on our right, we leave the road to the right and find a path that goes down and crosses a small stream.

        We ascend through an olive grove, leaving a kiosk on our right and reach the ridge, where we cross a dirt road and  continue on a straight line, in an area with pine trees. Descending, we find ourselves in an olive grove again, keeping the same (northern) direction  and cross another small stream.

Οlive grove

      We climb again in an olive grove, just next to its border with wild vegetation, which we have on our left. Reaching the ridge, there is a crossroads of dirt roads and we go straight downhill. A little further down we have an intersection, where we go straight. In front of us is the Laskos estate. The path is on the left side of the road. After cleaning it in 2018, it is again today (May 2022) closed by vegetation and will need new cleaning. In any case, we follow it along its side, until we see it become passable again, so we enter and walk in it. It soon becomes a kalderimi.

At Laskos estate

         Further on it comes out on a dirt road, which in turn comes out on the asphalt, opposite a bus stop shelter. We walk on the asphalt to the left, walking through the settlement of Lyri. At the exit of the settlement we cross with a stream. This is the large Gerogianni stream that comes from Promiri.  There is a metal bridge on the right side of the road. We turn left, walking on a vague path with red signs next to the stream. Further on we cross the stream and pass to its left bank. When we did the walks (June 2019 and May 2022) the path was maintained and we had no problem. If this section is unmaintained and half-closed by vegetation, we can always walk into the stream bed (the stream is normally dry, unless there is rain).

Walking on the streambed

         At the end of this path section, we cross to the right bank of the stream and walk parallel to it, into an olive grove. We cross the stream a couple more times, until we come to a dirt road that also crosses the stream. We are now walking on this road, having the streambed on our left. In a little while, at a fork in the road, we take the left branch, which goes just next to the riverbed. As we ascend, we can make out sections of kalderimi in the road. Approaching Promiri, the road becomes asphalt and then stone paved.

Dormition of Theotokos church, Promiri

        We pass over the central church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, built in 1760. A little further up is the village square, where we will definitely have a long stop for coffee or refreshments. So far we have walked about three hours from Katigiorgis.

Promiri square

         Now it`s time to walk back. Keeping on the main street we come to exit the village. After the gas station there is an information board on the side of the road made by the Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion. A few meters on, the cobbled path branches off descending into the ravine, going to Platanias and we follow it. In a few minutes we reach a crossroads with a pole (attention!) The cobbled path to Platanias continues straight, but we go left, changing direction now to Rodia. In a few meters we see on our left an old fountain without water.

At Kanalaki

        We are now at the location "Kanalaki", in an impressive setting with rocks, running water in the streams, large plane trees whose trunks take strange shapes, a magical forest. The old half-ruined cobbled path, after crossing two small streams, begins to climb with sharp turns. Here it is wide and in good condition.

        Leaving the wooded ravine, we continue uphill on a grassy unused dirt road and in a few meters we see the path on our left and follow it. We continue in the same direction at the right border of an olive grove and higher up we cross a dirt road. Here at the making of the road, the machine dug the ground half a meter below he path level, and we have to climb this to continue on the path. We ascend parallel to the road, which is on our left, but after a while the path joins the road, on which we come to walk on. Further on, we find the continuity of the path on our left (a cairn marks that point along with red paint). We are at Mavron Oros (Black Mountain), which is really a hill and not a mountain,  422 meters high, located south of Promιri. On our way we reach a maximum altitude of 373 meters. 

View to Skiathos and Aegean sea

        A dirt road passes on the ridge as we come and cross it, next to a pole with round signs. From this point we have a nice view to the Aegean and Skiathos. 

A pole with round signs by the Friends of the Kalderimi

      The path now descends continuously in a southeast direction. We cross the stream of Kriovrisi on a section of kalderimi and then we ascend in a wooded area, until we reach an olive grove.

Crossing Kriovrisi stream

                 From now on, until we reach Vromoneri, we will be walking on rural roads. Reaching a  hut we go right and at a new intersection we go right again on the wider road. We come to another intersection, where we go left on the wider road, noticing the round sign on the tree. Again at a new intersection we go left (right goes into the settlement of Rodia, which is at close distance, but we do not need to enter the settlement). In a little while we have in front of us the chapel of Agios Ioannis the Theologian, a good place for a stop. 

Agios Ioannis Theologos chapel

        We continue on the dirt road to the east, then we take the asphalt for 500 meters and then we follow the road sign to Vromoneri beach.

Vromoneri beach

        A path continues from Vromoneri, parallel to the coastline, through pine forest. Various signs help to guide us to Katigiorgis. On our way, we pass by the tiny deserted beach of Vlachorema.

Vlachorema beach


We go down through the yard of the '' Aura '' studios and finally reach the beach of Katigiorgis and the cafe-restaurants that operate there.  


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