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2 : Kastro - Panagia Chrysopigi
Proposed Direction: Kastro – Panagia Chrysopigi
Starting Point: Kastro / Monastery of Chrysopigi
Main Sights: Kastro citadel, Agios Ioannis Siderou church, Faros fishing village, Old mines, Church of Chryssopigi
Connection to other trails: 1, 3A
BUS CONNECTIONS: Kastro, Faros, Road between Apollonia and Platys Gialos (access is way-marked)
The trail starts at the Neolithic acropolis of Agios Andreas. The archaeological site is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 3pm (closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays). The trail passes through the site and reaches the gate of Agios Andreas church. In case the site is closed, there is a way-marked trail that by-passes the fenced area and joins the main trail about 200 meters later. After the archaeological area, the trail continues downwards, offering amazing views on the villages of Sifnos.
Passing through rural landscapes, you will soon reach the Holy Monastery of Vrysi, (16th c.). It is the sole monks monastery of the island. After walking a few meters on the main road (be very careful while crossing), you will enter a trail that moves eastwards to Kastro village. This part of the trail moves along the slopes that delimit the Erkies creek, which is amongst the most important creeks of the island. There is a creek crossing at some point that might have water running, especially during winter. A few hundred meters after the crossing, you will see on your left the ruins of an old watermill with its well preserved water-tower. Gently going down, the trail leads to the bottom of Kastro village. There, a sign points to Seralia bay. Continue upwards. After passing an ancient column that lies in the fields, and just a few steps up, you will get to the village.
Kastro, inhabited since ancient times, was the capital of Sifnos until 1836. Most of the buildings date from Venetian times! It is strongly suggested that you stroll through the narrow streets, full of unexpected antiquities! From Kastro, the trail continues by the coast, until the picturesque church of Panagia Poulati. The uphill trail from Panagia Poulati leads to Agios Loukas village, and a few hundred meters farther to Artemonas, a 19th century village with neoclassical mansions. This will be the end of a trail which is literally a trip back in time!
Between Kastro and the asphalt road in “Portes of Faros”, a small way-marked junction leads a few hundred meters later to the church of Agios Ioannis Sideros. It is definitely worth it to visit.
At the end of the trail, just before the Holy Monastery of Chryssopigi, a way-marked uphill trail leads to a bus stop on the line between Apollonia and Platys Gialos. Please be aware that this is a steep uphill walk (on a good path) that takes approximately 20 minutes to walk.