SOME LOCAL WALKS
AFIONAS and Tavernas
View from Dionysos
Rather different walk using only the beach and surfaced
roads to this lovely old village with its superb views of Agios
Georgios and the north-west coastal islands.
Time needed : 30 mins to 1 hour
(depends on which end of Agios Georgios you start).
Note: These walk directions start from the
southern end of Agios Georgios but if you are staying further along the
beach (for example at or near Costas Golden Beach Hotel or the Belle Helene)
you will just commence the walk where you are along the beach.
Starting from the Alkyon Beach Hotel at the
southern end of Agios Georgios walk northwards along the beach (or the road).
In the middle of the resort go past Costas Golden Beach Hotel and the
Belle Helene Hotel where you go left before passing in front of
Maria's Snack Shack. Go over the small bridge and turn towards the beach
to pass in front of several resturants which include Diktia's and the
Delfini (so avoiding a hilly and unnecessary detour)
Continue to the far end of the beach. At the
end of the beach, just past the Golden Moon Restaurant, turn
right up the surfaced road .
Climb steadily up the fairly steep hill for about 1 mile
to the outskirts of Afionas. At the top of the hill turn left at
the road junction and continue along this road to the village centre, taking
time to look at the views to the north (on your right).
After browsing around the little square take a narrow road
alongside a gift shop (look for sign to Dionysos Restaurant). Walk past
some gardens (noting small footpath on left which leads down to the twin coves
of Porto Timoni) and Dionysos Restaurant is straight ahead, by which
time you will appreciate that drink ! Behind this there is also another nice
cafe, Porto Timoni Cafe, which also has excellent views and serves
You will want to stay awhile here just marvelling at the
superb views down across the turquoise water of Agios Georgios bay.
RETURN FROM RESTAURANTS:
On leaving the
restaurant turn left and then in about 50 metres turn left and
make your way onto the open hill, where there are some benches to take in this
different stunning northern view towards Arillas and numerous offshore islands.
(This is an ideal place for viewing the sunset, but that is best done when
coming by car in view of the walk back down the poorly lit road).
Now walk towards the village (not the way you came)
passing in front of a new taverna. In 50 metres turn RIGHT along a paved
pathway past lovely gardens and cottages before finishing back in the
Return to Agios Georgios the way you came. Leave the
village by the tarmac road and after going round the double corner take care to
turn right at the road junction in about half km. Take this road down to
Agios Georgios beach and then walk back along the beach etc to your base.
NOTE: There is now a shorter direct path leading off
the path to Porto Timoni beaches which is signposted there. This is steep and
rough and involves a scramble across boulders at the end of the
Extension to Porto Timoni coves(should not be
attempted by persons unsteady on their feet or wearing unsuitable
The only way down to the twin bays of Porto Timoni is via a
rough footpath, steep with a loose surface in places. The path lies just below
(south side) the tavernas of Dionysos and Porto Timoni Cafe so customers there
should ask directions from the staff.
The path actually begins nearer the
village and hugs the southern side of the headland dropping slowly (mostly)
down to sea level. Allow about 30 minutes down and a bit longer coming up plus
of course the time you spend on the beaches or exploring. For full description
and photographs see main
To Print off a simpler version of the walk on a
white background with the map but with less photographs
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