SOME LOCAL WALKS
A lovely circular walk using both surfaced roads and
unsurfaced tracks to the village of Pagi and returning via pleasant little used
roads through fields and quiet olive groves. The return half from Pagi takes
you through really delightful countryside of hills and hidden lush
Time needed: 3 hours to 4 hours depending on
(Suggestion for the less fit walkers: Catch
the local bus at 10.15 a.m. as far as Pagi village. The rest of the walk is all
downhill or level !!)
Descending into valley
GENERAL NOTENo liability will
be accepted for the accuracy of these notes.This is a rural area and
circumstances may change. Footpaths may become overgrown or otherwise difficult
to negotiate and some new tracks into private fields may appear. (Advice of any
changes will be welcomed.)
Broken line shows alternative return for shorter
OUTWARD: Leave Agios Georgios from the Alkyon Beach
Hotel walking inland along the main road to Pagi.
The road to Pagi is all
uphill and fully surfaced. It is a pleasant walk quite sheltered from the hot
sun by the olive trees, but beware of traffic.
You will pass several
houses and apartments until eventually the road swings right to reveal a huge
chasm on your left (used as a rubbish tip).
Distant view of Pagi village across
Passing this and an olive press you then enter the hill
village of Pagi.
At the first junction you can either go straight on
then right, or turn right and then left. Both bring you to the centre
where you will find some welcoming refreshments at the cafes.
: Pick up a snack and drink to take with you at either Spiros Bar or
There are several
alternative return routes. The route I have chosen, the longest, passes through
through lovely little hidden valleys.
weather has been wet and there is a good chance of excessive water in the
streams go to bottom of page for the shorter alternative.)
on along the main road through Pagi until you see a road slanting off to the
left before some large trees (almost opposite the school).
Take this and follow it downhill past a
number of houses before it leaves the built up area.
It now becomes a
unsurfaced track dropping downhill through tall olive trees. While still
descending this unmade track look out for a short concreted area where you must
turn LEFT at a junction (photo below)
The track seems to drop ever downwards into the lush
valley well away from the noises of the populated world. It continues to wind
its way through very pleasant undulating countryside with lovely views.
Occasionally you must pause a while and
look back at the cliffs of Pagi behind you.
After about 1.5 kms your track drops down to a creek where
there might be a problem as there is a ford but no bridge. The creek-bed is now
wide concrete with a few loose stepping stones. Assuming the weather has been
dry for a period it is easy to step across the few inches of stream (if more
water you might have to walk in the water if necessary). You might manage to
see turtles or colourful delicate damsel flies over the stream.
it is not passable you must return the same way to Pagi, but you will have
still enjoyed a lovely walk.
After crossing the creek turn left in 50m onto
a surfaced road. This road is a no-through road only serving the fields so you
will meet very few vehicles or people.
This very quiet road meanders its way through pleasant
cultivated fields past several small farms.
Along this road nature lovers will enjoy the numerous wild
flowers plus the sounds and sights of birds in the many large trees, including
nightingales. Early season walkers should look out for glimpses of beautiful
Golden Orioles shyly swooping between the trees.
After about 1 km keep left where another road (from
Aspiotades) joins from the right.
Road from Aspiotades joins at
extreme right of photograph.
On this part of the walk the greenness for which the Corfu
countryside is outstanding amongst the Mediterranean islands is at its best
from the many broadleaved trees.
A road from Dafni will soon join from the
right, opposite some new houses, but your route is straight
Continue on this surfaced road for another 1 km and then
follow the road to the left around a small farm just before some
apartments, ignoring the rough unsurfaced road straight ahead. You now cross
the creek again over a good bridge and stay on this road past a number of
houses and apartments until you reach the main Pagi road.
If going to
Theo's Hotel turn left, but if returning to the beach area of Agios Georgios
turn right which takes you past, (or into), Angelos Taverna, the Moonlight
Restaurant and Butterfly Bar.
ALTERNATIVE RETURN WALK (4A):
For a shorter return route leave Pagi by retracing your
steps in the direction of Agios Georgios beach and walk down the hill past the
chasm referred to on the outward route. Immediately after the first house on
your right after the chasm take an unmade track along the edge of its
garden, which leads down hill through olive groves and fields to the creek
which is crossed by a low bridge. If you are extremely cautious approaching the
bridge you may see some turtles sitting out of the water.
Turn left just after this onto the surfaced road
and follow it back to Agios Georgios as mentioned above.
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white background with the map but with less photographs
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