As you see, our stories about Chios island will keep on coming. We would like to show you a gorge we walked through while we stayed at Spilia Guesthouses at Kardamila, Chios. Before that we stayed at Volissos (yeap, go and read about it).
To be more accurate, at the same day we arrived at Kardamila, went for a swiming at a very nice (and slightly cold sea) beach, and after all that we did the canyon too. We wanted to take in all of what each area of Chios island has to offer.
Arriving at Spilia Guesthouses
We landed at the village of Kardamila and we would stay there for a couple of days. Kardamila is less than an hour from Volissos, so driving is short and pleasant.
Kardamila is a very nice and quite village by the beach. There is Upper (Ano) Kardamila and Lower Kardamila.
And here is the main square of Upper Kardamila. Lots of shade, a couple of taverns and some coffee houses. Very quite.
So, the guesthouses were we would stay, used to be a castle.
Kiki and Dimitris who run this place decorate it with furniture and items that are part of Dimitris private collection. Staying there is like living in comfortable… museum, with all amenities of a hotel.
Houses are big, comfortable, with great view and quite secluded. You need a little bit of walking to get there (5 minutes) from where you park your car, but this place is special. This was our room!
To the beach of Nagos
As mentioned we wanted to get out and explore the closest beach, in order to cool down and then to hike Kampia Gorge.
So, we landed here at Nagos beach.
A simple beach, where you approach it via a small “secret” path. The water was very cool. Exactly what we needed! We didn’t want to leave from the beach but we were determined to do the gorge hiking. So we went back to Spilia, took a shower and went out seeking the gorge entry point.
Doing the Kampia Gorge
Kampia is a simple village of Chios island, which is known for its hiking along the gorge. The hiking route ends to the beach. So, anyone who feels hot has definitely a way to cool down, before going up again.
You need to be careful to find the Gorge entry point from inside the village. There are 2 big labels showing that, yet the actual entry point is slightly tricky to locate it.
Either on your way down or after you return, you have to stop and admire the view from the entry point.
This pear tree is at the entrance. Full with fruits. We took a couple ones (each) as a snack. Completely organic, we just cleaned it up on our shirt and ate it. We are still here to tell about it. I love Greece for such. It also reminds me the cherries we ate like that, at one of Karpenisi villages; directly from the tree to our mouth. Same with figs and all kinds of free hanging fruits.
The whole route is mostly under shade (around 85% of it) and was well marked during the period we were there.
We didn’t have a guide and it was easy to find our way. Make sure to have time. The route, if you take it slowly can be 4 hours both ways. Add some beach time to that (if you like), some resting time too, plus time to simply stop and smell the flowers.
What we liked a lot was this thing. At many locations there were signs labeling the flaura of this area. This gorge is used for school trips too.
While doing this gorge, preferably wear long trousers or sweat pants (actually, you have to wear such in hiking anyway). The reason? Along the path, in different places, there are things like vines with thorns. Well, it is nature out there and you have to comply with nature.
The area has plenty of water too. It was mid-July when we were there and there were small rivers and such.
Along the route are small ponds and many small bridges. These are mostly used during the months where water is high enough.
At the exit point and after a 10 minutes walking you arrive at the beach!
There are some pretty beautiful churches there and it is a very nice resting and picnic place.
To go back you have 2 options. Either to do the same route or walk the dirt roads at the left or the right of the gorge. We did the first one. We went through the gorge again, so we are not very sure if these 2 roads land very close to the village.
And of course we celebrated that by eating a couple of fruits, from the free-to-take pear tree at the gorge entrance.
By the way did you notice the forest fairy in this photo?
It was nearly 20.30 and we were a bit tired. The next day we would prepare for a whole day sailing cruise.
Thus we went back to Spilia in Kardamila to get some rest in our beautiful room!
A special thank you for our trip to Chios island
We were very intrigued by the wealth of information and what someone can do in Chios island. One thing led to another and 1 year later we landed on the island. The trip was organised by North Aegean, Regional Unit of Chios office. A variety of sponsors provided their services, accommodation and knowledge about the island of Chios. Transportation was sponsored by Hellenic Seaways!
Thank you all for this.
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