Pirghos to Kamari Walk on Santorini Greece.
An 8km walk on Santorini Greece going from Pirghos via Vothonoas to Kamari.
For a change whilst walking on Santorini - this route either descends or is pretty well flat - the actual distance you end up walking will depend on how much you decide to divert to look at
various things on the way. You can get a bus to Pirghos from Perisa or Thira. From Pirghos's bus stop in the main square the first thing to do is walk up into the old castle and upper town area to look at the various churches, buildings and ruins.
The walk itself starts from below the Castle - locate the castle's entrance gateway to the right of which is a church with a war memorial. Head north i.e. with the war memorial behind you and shortly arrive at a church with a bright blue dome, walk past the church on it's right
hand side and then continue down the alley going under a concrete archway - go right at a fork to soon arrive at a concrete ramp and then on to a road. Turn
right and about 40 yards along go left down another concrete road. On the other side of the road and almost opposite there is the quite disguised start of a
moni-path (there was building going on when we walked here and unsurprisingly the builders had been quite careless with their building debris which somewhat hid the start of the path).
This moni-path takes you down to reach another road - cross this and just to the right find the continuation of the path. The moni-path is quite sunken but extremely nice to walk down although
there is quite a lot of undergrowth to negotiate in places i.e. thistles and thorns.
The further into the valley you get the nicer the path is for walking along - it passes by vineyards and then goes into a pumice gorge - here the undergrowth can be quite thick.
This really old cave church (Panagiatis Sergeinas) is totally built into the pumice rock face - it has a small bell-tower, a cistern and several other rooms
plus above there is a large chamber which was used for a hideout from pirates during the Middle Ages.
Note it is quite possible that all the doors to the church and rooms will be locked but even so you can sort of peek through gaps in the doors to see inside. Having looked round the church area return back down the path and track and keep ahead to walk on into the village of Vothonoas. Initially there are lots of cave houses and really old buildings many of which must have been quite grand in
their day but are now somewhat dilapidated. When you reach the large church of Panaghia with it's massive eucalyptus tree it's worth diverting left and wandering off into the village - there are some nice alleys, lots of churches and buildings to look at. Return back to the road by the Panaghia church and go left to continue the walk.
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