The Nestos river straits starts from Galani village at Xanthi. A guest post from Vassilis and Ioanna.
- Length: 4 km and 100 meters
- Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Altitude slope: 113 meters.
- Route rating: Cross and return on the same path
- Recommended: In all mountaineering clubs of the country, families and all ages
- Season: All year round
This path is the calmest and most-walked one in Xanthi. Definitely, all our fellow citizens, but also many of our compatriots from all over Greece, have gone for a stroll on the path. The first 3.5 kilometers of the trail are along the river, while the other kilometers are in the Nature that absorbs you.
It is a trail of total length 4 km and 100 meters are on a path. The duration is 1 hour and 40 minutes. The trail is not signposted but the whole route is clearly distinct. Along the path there is signal for all the phone companies. Generally, it is classified as an easy path and until you reach the train lines it can be performed by children over 6 years.
Walking the Nestos river strait
You will start from Xanthi and follow the Old National Road Xanthi – Kavala. After 7.5 km, you will reach the Petrochori village, where there are traffic lights on the junction. Follow the road on your left hand to reach the Egnatia road, while the road straight leads you to the village of Toxotes. So, after the traffic lights, drive for 5.5 km until you reach a junction on your right hand (just before the bridge of the Nestos river) where you have to turn, and you instantly enter the village of Toxotes.
At 900 meters after the intersection and while you’re in the Toxotes village, you will reach a train guarded crossing and after you have passed it, drive for another 1 km and 800 meters along the river, to get to the place where you can park your car and start walking (it’s a dead end), at an altitude of just 60 meters.
The entire route is on a stone path (the path was made by workers so as to construct the railway line and it has been maintained in a very good condition to this day). You start walking and in about 20 minutes and once you have covered 1 kilometer and 170 meters, you reach a vantage point with benches, at an altitude of 95 meters.
Continue walking on this beautiful stone path and once you start descending, you will get through a forest of wild hollies, which have grown up and become trees because nothing has disturbed them. Once you pass this small forest, you will go up a bit and reach some rocks (they look like the Clashing Rocks), which are very close to each other and you have to pass between them. You have already walked for another 1 km and 770 meters, in about 45 minutes at an altitude of 90 meters.
You follow the path along Nestos river for another 600 meters having an eye contact with it and, then you start descending and you pass through a forest with large trees and branches, which are woven with each other and remind us of the ropes that Tarzan used to jump from one tree to another. This route will lead you directly to the railway tracks and you will have walked for another 1 km and 230 meters in about 25 minutes, covering in total 4 km and 100 meters in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. You have reached an altitude of 75 meters.
Regarding the return, you can walk on the same path that you followed so as to get here or there is an alternative solution, where you can come into contact with one of the alternative tourism offices that organize trips descending the Nestos River and to inform you about the place where someone will wait for you so as to descend the river back to Galani by Kanoe-kayak.
We believe that this combination will be unforgettable and you will be raving whenever you hear about the Nestos River.
Mmmm we still see you on the sofa or it’s our idea? Stand up, the river is waiting for you!!!
If you want to help you at this trail, email Georgiadis Vassilis, Porfillidou Ioanna at:[email protected] or contact them through the contact data below. Their phone is: +30 6948 363078.
You can save the route of Nestos river straits to your gps please, click the link:http://el.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=8980011 (info in Greek).