A Walk Up The Road
I found some of Neil’s photos, again from last week, when he walked up the main road from Yialos to Horio. This is a decent stroll and not as difficult or as far as you might think when you see the road from Yialos. It’s an easy one to find too.
The harbour morphs into the main road around the bus stop area, on the south side of Yialos, though the ‘main’ road actually runs all the way around the harbour, narrowing to become a quayside road before widening again on the way to Nimborio, but we are going in the wrong direction. If you wander to the taxi rank, and then the bus stop and keep going, you’ll find it narrows in places, which can be quite thrilling when on the bus or watching a lorry come down. Keep on keeping on, and you’ll pass Petalo, the new beach area on the way to the petrol station and new jetty. The steepest part of the hill climb starts there but don’t last long.
You will find great views from the path, but watch out for the trees that grow right in the middle of it – the path, I mean. You occasionally have to sidestep into the road to avoid them, and the path’s paving can be a bit uneven underfoot, to say the least. There is also one blind corner crossing if you want to stay on the path, but it’s best to keep to the left all the way to the hairpin bend and then cross when the coast (road) is clear. After that, you can stay on the righthand side for the better views.
Before you know it, you’re at the windmills where you can walk left to reach the Pontikokastro (the round monument beyond the windmills) and beyond to Agia Marina, or you can carry on down to Pedi. You can also turn right and descend into the village arriving at the Village Hotel a little while later. From then on, the world is your oyster, or the village is your clamshell, or whatever. Walking from up here at Syllogos Square to Yialos via the Kali Strata, and then back up the road takes me about 45 minutes, the road part taking roughly 30 minutes depending on where you start from and how fast you walk.
That’s it, I’m now walking back to happiness (writing) and staying out of the rain. The most recent shower has just passed, but I’m still not risking putting the washing out to dry.