This short walk takes place in the foothills of the Profítis Ilias and may be useful as a continuation of the hike Emborió – Pýrgos – Profítis Ilias – Théra – Períssa . The beach of Períssa is quite nice and the kástro of Emborío is also nice.
It takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Emborío, then you can stroll through the streets of the kástro …
[In Períssa, you follow the coast to the left until the end of the road, where there is a small parking lot with a roundabout in the middle. In front of you and jbelow of the rock-face are the ruins of the early Christian basilica of Agia Iríni (sign).]
(0h00) Starting from the parking area, you follow the road to the interior. Five minutes later, there is a junction where you go straight. You pass by Hotel Marianna and after 3 minutes, there is a left turn, where a gravel road continues straight ahead (sign “Ancient Théra”).
(0h08) You continue from the asphalt road, but in the next turn you do take the gravel road to the right. You pass two drive ways on the left, you veer to the left next to a simple house (red mark) and continue down, then up a little, always at the foot of the impressive rock-face of the Profítis Ilias, but with a desolate landscape on the left side.
(0h17) You pass by some eucalyptus, the gravel road continues: you veer left between concrete walls and you thus get to a paved crossroad. You take a right and then you pass the little blue and white church of Agios Stéfanos. It is surrounded by small gardens. Beyond the chapel, you pass a road on the right, then you veer left and gradually right again. You enjoy a beautiful view on the the Profítis Ilias with the monastery on the top.
You walk at the foot of the Profítis Ilías
You pass a sort of on the track on your right side, you still veer left and right – and then, after 9 minutes, there is a sudden left turn, near some houses with lots of cactus, and you follow a gravel road that continues straight between the walls.
A pleasant road towards Emborío
(0h29) This was once a path: this little road continues always straight; however, after 6 minutes, next to a quarry, you take a sharp left to follow a small paved road. Very soon, you take a path on the right, between a wall and a gnarled tree, and so you pass to the left of the small chapel of Agia Iríni – inside, there are old columns.
Beyond the little house, you take a narrow path to the left of a retaining wall; you continue for some time between two walls, and when the right wall turns right, you follow the wall on a very vague path. When the wall turns sharply to the right again, you should continue straight ahead to cross a field towards a small square building. Soon, you see in front of you and on the right a three-nave church, and more to the left the elegant tower of the church of the kástro of Emborío.
(0h38) You arrive at a gravel crossroad, where you take a right; after 2 minutes, there is a bifurcation and you keep to the right again, just past two drive ways. You continue between 2 walls with a gate made of reinforcing steel . And so you pass below the church with three naves.
[A little further on, the track on the right side allows you to go and cast a glance at the church (but it is closed): you enjoy here a beautiful view of the church and the kástro of Emborío – with to the left the 7 mills on the crest of Gavrilos.]
You continue on the small road that veers right along a wall, then along a recent fence. Further on, you make a sharp turn to the left, and the sunken path comes to a dead end next to 2 drive ways.
(0h47) A grassy path (monopáti) continues straight; later on, the gravel path goes up to the left of 2 houses, and then descends with a beautiful view of the kástro and the church, and becomes a concrete alley between the houses.
View on the kástro of Emborío
(0h49) You arrive at a cross-street – you are now on the route of the walk to Pýrgos – see the walk Emborío – Pýrgos – Profítis Ilias – Théra – Períssa.
You take a left, and a little further, there is a hiking sign for the walk. You continue straight for a few moments until you get to a cross-street.
If you want to visit the kástro, you should take a RIGHT here.