Hiking in Kea Greece

Small island but great for hiking. Kea, also known as Tzia, is an island of the Cyclades close to Attica. It’s connected with the mainland of Greece, through the port of Lavrion with regular routes. There is an extensive network of sign-posted trails which makes the island the ideal destination for  everyone who loves hiking. The paths go through forests of oak trees, meet springs with potable water, old country churches, cottages and ancient towers and almost all of them end up in picturesque and isolated beaches.

The most well-known trails are the following:

Trail 1: “Leon” Ioulida – Leon – Dosonari – Diaseli – Otzias

The distance is 5.1 Km. It takes almost 1.30’ h. The level of difficulty is satisfactory.

Trail 2: “Eliksos” Ioulida – Mylopotamos – Flea

The distance is 3.1 Km. It takes almost 1.00’ h. The level of difficulty is good.

Trail 3: “Aristaios” Ioulida – Mesaria – Profitis Ilias – Astra – Ellinika – Agios Symeon – Karthaia

The distance is 12.5 Km. It takes almost 4.00’ h. It’s a hard and tiring route.

Trail 4: “Drys” Moni Episkopis – Sotira – Pera Meria – Tria Maderika – Sykamia

The distance is 4.5 Km. It takes almost 1.35’ h. It’s a rough road.

Trail 5: “Karthaia network” Kato Meria – Kalodouka – Pigi Vathipotamou – Karthaia

The distance is 3.2 Km. It takes almost 1.15’ h. It’s a passable route.

Trail 6: “Karthaia network” Stavroudaki – Haltsidio – Pigi Vathipotamou – Karthaia

The distance is 2.3 Km. It takes almost 0.50’ h. It’s a passable route.

Trail 7: “Karthaia network” Havouna – Agios Taksiarhis – Pigadaki – Kaliskia – Karthaia

The distance is 1.7 Km. It takes almost 0.45’ h. It’s a relatively passable route.

Trail 8: “Seirios” Ellinika – Vryses – Agios Filippos or Agios Symeon – Vryses – Agios Filippos

For route A the distance is 3.8 Km. It takes almost 1.15’ h.

For route B the distance is 2.3 Km. It takes almost 1.00’ h. Uphill road, hard during return.

Trail 9: “Artemis” Ioulida – Myloi – Tholos – Kalogerados – Amarathia – Ellinika – Agios Panteleimonas – P. Loutriani

The distance is 9.0 Km. It takes almost 3.00’ h. It’s a passable route.

Trail 10: “Ydrousa” Ioulida – Vrisi Veniamin – Agios Dimitrios – Spathi

The distance is 5.8 Km. It takes almost 1.45’ h. It’s a passable route.

Trail 11: “Orkos” Velados – Grikou – Orkos

The distance is 5.5 Km. It takes almost 1.45’ h. It’s a path with difficulties.

Trail 12: “Poihessa” Panahra – Agia Marina – Poisses – Poisses Beach or Katomeria – Poisses – Poisses Beach

For route A the distance is 5.5 Km. It takes almost 1.50’ h.

For route B the distance is 4.7 Km. It takes almost 1.30’ h. The level of difficulty is good.

Trail 13: Agios Athanasios – Ancient Karthaia The distance is 2.5 Km. It takes almost 0.40’ h.

Trail 14: Agios Symeon – Karthaia

It takes almost 1.50’ h.

Trail 15: Mylopótamos – Fléa – Agia Marína – Plagiá – Písses and back

It takes almost 1.50’ h.

For  more information about the trails you can visit Kea Paths.

Photo credits: urbangrammar, kouk

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