The kalderimi is generally quite wide,
possibly 2.5 metres, and has a low safety wall. However about 100 metres from
the bottom, part of the wall and path surface over a length of about 15 metres
has collapsed down the cliff. There is usually plenty of room (about 1.5
metres) to pass safely but the very edge should be avoided due to a very
dangerous small overhang in one place. Of course children (and
drunks) should be extremely vigilant as should sufferers from
Photo shows collapsed edge of
path and verge to avoid. NOTE: In late 2016 there are some scaffolding poles
erected as a temporary barrier here.
Click for larger image
(N.B If by any chance the path is closed because of
further damage, walkers will have to abort this intended walk to Makrades. You
may wish to continue up the concrete road to the hill villages of Prinillas and
Pagi, then turning left to return to Agios Georgios.)
path now zig-zags its way steadily, but not too steeply, uphill, the views
becoming more amazing as you go, presenting continual photography
Top of Donkey Trail
As you reach the top the path swings left through a
gap between the rocks and the view has gone.
Continue along a wide stony
unsurfaced track towards the village of Makrades with its tourists' gift
As you enter the village there is a junction on your left which goes
through into the narrow, scenic streets of the old village, whilst the
right-hand option leads to the main tourist shops and cafes.
Variation 1.For a delightful
variation of the walk you can make a loop by looking out for a narrow and very
old footpath on your right about 1 km along this wide track. This ancient
footpath takes you through pleasant countryside and olive groves.
to the quiet village of Krini. On arriving at the
square in the centre of the village
turn left down the hill into nearby Makrades.
However if you wish to take the opportunity to visit the nearby ruins of the
castle of Angelokastro, (allow at least a good hour) perched
magnificently high on a pinnacle overlooking the beautiful vista of
Paleokastritsa's bays, you should turn right in Krini for about 0.75
(There is a link to come back to this
RETURN from MAKRADES
For the normal return look for (or ask) a small
road alongside one of the main road gift shops. It is close to the start of the
road to Krini and Angelokastro, so make sure not to take the wrong one! 100
metres along this road take the track on your left which leads to the cliff
path you came up.
In about 1km the track from Krini village joins on the
left, which you will ignore.
Of course walkers coming direct from Krini will now be joining
the main route here.
Proceed along the wide but unsurfaced track
for about 1 km until the view over Agios Georgios comes into sight. Now just
follow the old donkey trail down.
Descending the Donkey
Remember to take care when passing the
subsidence near the bottom of the cliff path. Turn left at the bottom
and remember to turn RIGHT after descending the concrete road for a few hundred
metres as you enter the olive groves. For a while the track descends until it
reaches Fisherman's Cabin where it levels out. Be careful to stay parallel
to the sea and not to take one of the side tracks which you never noticed
on the way there. (These do not go through so you have to return, but whatever
happens you should not get lost, only a bit more tired.)
Variation 2. The really keen
walkers may wish to make a circular trip by turning LEFT at the main
road in Makrades and proceeding up the hill towards Vistonas. After climbing
though a series of zig zag bends look out for a road junction on the left,
which you should take. After about 1 Km the road goes over the highest point to
reveal magnificent views over Agios Georgios Bay and the whole of north west
Corfu with Albania visible in the distance.
View over Agios Georgios Bay
Continue down the tarmac road, ignoring an unsurfaced
track which joins on the left. You will pass through the little village of
Prinilas. Leaving Prinilas you can just continue down the winding road to Pagi.
Alternatively you can take an old footpath which starts immediately after the
cemetary on your right on the first corner out of Prinilas. This footpath is
rather rough and steep in places and unsuitable for those unsteady on their
On reaching Pagi stop in the village centre for
welcome refreshments at a cafe or turn left for the downhill walk back to Agios
Georgios about 2 Kms away.