Our partner organization, Footpaths of Greece, has done excellent work on the trails of Serifos. While the island is famous for its beautiful, golden beaches, only a few know that its true beauty is revealed while walking across the several-hundred-year-old trails. Moving alongside terraced agricultural land, bubbly springs and archeological remains, the trails of Serifos unveil the secrets of one of the most surprising islands of the Cyclades!
Trail 1: Chora - Kallitsos
Linking Chora, the capital, to the village of Kallitsos, this trails has been one of the main roads that villagers used in older times, some still use it today to reach their fields. It was also one of the main commercial roads, linking the northern villages to the capital. The impressive stone paving testifies of the importance given to safe and fast communication.
Trail 1a: Livadi - Chora
This trail used to represent the main link between the capital Chora and Livadi, the main port. It is a large paved path that is largely in use today too. The trails meanders through the capital’s narrow streets, and then continues downward to the port, passing by some important sights like old mansions, the old school, the ethnological museum as well as some springs.
Trail 2: Chora - Gyftika
It is said that this is the most impressive trail of the Aegean Sea! Some might agree, some might not. In any case, walking from the region of Gyftika down to Chora (the capital) through trail 2 is a must for anyone who visits Serifos. The large trail is literally built on a rocky cliff. As you descend, the views of Chora that look like snow on a mountain with the blue sea in the background are astonishing.
Trail 3: Aspros Pyrgos - Koutalas
Serifos’ history was from antiquity until a few decades ago associated with metallurgy. Trail 3 passes by one of the main iron mining areas, where you can still see what's left of the old open air metallurgy site. Rail lines, cables, rusted trucks and old buildings are still there to testify to the intensity of the extraction of iron. At the top of the trail, the White Tower (Aspros Pyrgos), built about 2500 years ago, shows how important this region has always been.
Trail 4: Gyftika – Varsamo - Panagia
This trail links the region of Gyftika, which is the highest settlement of Serifos to the picturesque village of Panagia, passing by the spring of Varsamo. The trail moves from the highlands of Serifos down to the cultivated fields. Due to the lack of roads, people still access their land in the traditional way by foot and by donkey! Very little has changed on these slopes since antiquity, and this trail can easily be seen as a trip back in time.
Trail 5: Panagia - Sykamia
After visiting the beautiful church of Panagia, in the village by the same name, descend through trail 5 to the bay of Sykamia. Once at the bottom of the valley, the environment changes totally compared to the rest of the island. The trees are tall, there is water everywhere and you'll discover one of the best spots to hear the croak of frogs. These small creatures were largely appreciated in antiquity in Serifos, decorating the islands coins.
Trail 6: Pyrgos – Galani - Sykamia
From the village of Pyrgos, the trail goes down to a valley where one of the first prehistoric settlements of Serifos was built. Today the area is covered with agricultural terraces and some old ruins and chapels. The trail gains in height again to reach the village of Galani, the best place to extract Galena which is an important source of silver. Leaving the nice village of Galani behind, the trail descends gently towards the bay of Sykamia, passing by the most colorful areas of Serifos, rich in volcanic stones and euphorbia plants.
Trails 7, 8, and 9 are still under development.
Trail 10: Kallitsos – Profitis Ilias - Kallitsos
This is a circular trail at the north of the island. It crosses many different landscapes of Serifos, boasting small oak tree forests, water springs, typical Mediterranean vegetation and volcanic soil. It starts at the village of Kallitsos. A few hundred meters over Kalitsos, you can see a round building, representing one of the oldest windmills of the Aegean Sea. Later the trail passes by the ruined village of Ksero Chorio. The nearby winery of Serifos is a good stop to taste local specialties. Descending further down, you might notice some ancient steps carved on the bedrock. That's because the trail has been used for many thousands of years…
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