"Walk on deserted ancient trails, enjoy stunning mountain views and dramatic coastal scenery… come across ravishing flora and fauna…"
This week-long walking trail holiday will offer you the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean’s best kept secret: the Cycladic island of Syros. Based in the picturesque, historical coastal town of Ermoupolis, an Unesco World Heritage site, you will walk on deserted ancient paths and trails, enjoy stunning mountain views and dramatic coastal scenery… come across ravishing wild herbs and flowers… encounter endemic wildlife… reach remote solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear waters.
You will learn how the island’s history has been shaped by exploring the dramatic ruins of Kastri, the neo-classical town of Ermoupolis, the medieval village of Ano Syros to name a few. You will also be given unique insights into the unique fauna and flora of the Cyclades as well as experience the local culture and way of life.
You will continue to explore the “unknown” Cycladic island of Tinos with its numerous deserted ancient paths and trails, enjoy the architecture of pigeon houses, windmills and countless churches, stone walls, fountains, giant rocks with strange shapes…
You will walk through villages untouched by time with picturesque houses, arches, carved doorways, marble fountains, cobbled streets… you will reach and swim at stunning, secluded beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters… you will taste Cycladic delicacies such as local cheeses and proscuito “Louza”, froutalia omelette…
The philosopher Kastoriadis called the island “hand-made Tinos” as it’s the homeland of renowned great artists of marble carving. According to the legend, the famous sculptor of the ancient times, Fidias, had taught the secrets of his art to the locals. Their admirable craft is displayed in chapels, fountains, arches and pigeon lofts.
Both in Syros & Tinos you’ll be surprised as you may not encounter any other walkers within a week. The feeling of wilderness prevails although we’re never far from civilisation.
You’ll have the opportunity not only to get introduced by a local to a side of the Aegean that few people know about but also to participate in our efforts to sustain this natural and cultural environment.
Please look below at our 7-day recommended Syros & Tinos walking holiday itinerary…
In the evening we’ll start our walking adventure from the elegant marble square. We’ll walk through the narrow alleys of this “mysterious” town towards the quarter of Vaporia, an architectural splendor with beautiful neoclassical mansions, cobbled streets and arches. We’ll continue to the top of the hill Dili reaching the famous Orthodox church of Anastasi, standing opposite to the Catholica church of St. George, a symbol of the harmonic co-existence of the two religions, where you can enjoy mind-blowing views of the harbour and Ano Syros.
We’ll continue towards the medieval town of Ano Syros, built by the Venetians in the 13th century, and the surrounding rural area. Innumerable steps between narrow marble streets and old stoney, white-washed houses with coloured doors lead to the top of the town. The Catholic basilica of San Giorgio dominates. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Ermoupolis and the neighbouring islands of Tinos, Delos, Mykonos, Paros, Andros and Naxos. You’ll watch the colourful sunset and then enjoy local delicacies and traditional island music at one of the island’s oldest taverns.
Walking time: 2 hours. Actual walking time: 3-4 hours. Grade: easy.
We’ll stop for a swim, snorkle and lunch at one of the most isolated beaches of the island, Glysoura. We will then walk towards the ancient settlement of Katri where you’ll have a break to admire its magical atmosphere. You’ll end our day’s walk at the village of Chalandriani and its local tavern with a drink and a meze.
Walking time: 3,5 hours hours. Actual walking with lunch and stops: 6 hours. Grade: moderate.
After a short break at the cape to admire the stunning rock formations and deep blue of the Aegean, we will continue towards Grammata beach where you’ll enjoy a swim and snorkle at its crystal clear waters. After a short walk we’ll stop at the shaded beach of Gria Spilia for lunch and a rest before returning. In the evening we’ll explore the little village of St. Michelle and have supper enjoying the most impressive sunset
Walking time: 3 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours. Grade: moderate.
From Varvaroussa we will then enjoy a walk along the coast to the beach of Delfini and then further to the bay and settlement of Kini. The trails are very beautiful, the panoramic views are marvellous… We will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns.
Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours. Grade: Moderate.
We’ll then continue our hike to an area of outstanding natural beauty towards the village of Volax. Large, almost perfectly round grey rocks dot the plateau and slopes around Volax, creating a stunning sight and unique geological phenomenon. Its unique surrounding of big round rocks gives the whole landscape a lunar appearance. We’ll have supper at one of the oldest taverns of the village where you will have the chance to try their own cheeses, vegetables, meat and of course raki! Perfect ending of the day.
Walking time: 3,5 hours hours. Actual walking with lunch and stops: 6 hours. Grade: easy.
We’ll continue our walk towards the lighthouse on the northeastern tip of Tinos where you will have the chance to admire the magnificent views to the deep blue of the Aegean sea and surrounding Cycladic islands. You’re likely to spot on the way many sea birds, predators and passerines as the Aegean islands are a stopover on the long migratory journey of birds. Farewell supper and exchange of experiences.
Walking time: 4 hours. Actual walking time: 6 hours. Grade: moderate.
“Very enjoyable, being out in the wonderful fresh air, beautiful scenery, small plants and scents, and nobody around. We felt very peaceful, and relaxed. Annie prepared us some lovely picnics that we ate on the beach, and once in a small chapel. Walks are well prepared, all you need is good hiking shoes! We have recommend this holiday to our friends…
Lino & Gillian, Italy & UK
“I really enjoyed walking in Syros & seeing the beautiful scenery & wealth of wild herbs & flowers. Also Annie was a great guide and very attentive to us, and helped the group in many ways. Go for it! It’s a very relaxing way of getting to know the islands & meeting the local people. It was great to have a local guide who helped with communication, travel & chose some excellent restaurants.”
“Thank you for the fab walks and all your knowledge. Also your cheerfulness. Love.”