Pilion, a peninsula in Greece, halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. An area with many wells, so there’s water, even in summer time. Where you find streambeds with ivy hanging like lianas from plane trees, and ferns and metallic blue dragonflies. Beech forests cover the higher areas like a bright green blanket. In olive groves the greyish green foliage forms a lovely contrast with the purple blue of thyme and the pink cistus flowers on the ground. Where you stand on village squares and look out over the glittering sea from under majestic plane trees. Pilion, where according to mythology the gods took up summer residence. And where today’s Greeks fortunately haven’t built massive tourist centers.
In the 18th century a network of beautiful arched stone bridges and paved donkey paths (kalderimis) was built throughout Pilion in order to bring produce down from the higher areas. Through time a great deal of these kalderimi’s have been destroyed, neglected or tarmacked, but some parts are still intact and an occasional section is being renovated. Some have been signposted as footpaths and are included on maps. For our walks we make use of kalderimis, unpaved paths and roads, forest paths and goat tracks and sometimes of the old railway track, where a touristic service now operates in the weekends. The eastern side of Pilion is more rugged and steeper than the western side, so walks there often span larger differences in height.
We have opted in favour of circular walks, so that you always return to your point of departure. Besides a description of each walk you will also find a map with the route on it and for each walk you can download GPS waypoints and tracks. The indicated time per walk is the actual walking time excluding stops. Every now and then a compass could come in handy. You can also download the walks from www.wikiloc.com on a mobile phone.
Bear in mind that in Greece the temperatures in July and August are very high for walking. Make sure you set off early enough to be able to finish the walk in daylight. Always bring enough water (1-1.5 litres per person), although on the way you will often find water points where you can refill your water bottle. We recommend sturdy high shoes with good grip soles and a cap to protect you from the sun. If you go walking in higher areas, a light jacket comes in handy. Always bring something light to eat with you, like biscuits, dextrose or dried apricots.
Finally: our walks may be downloaded and used for free by everyone. It is forbidden to use any information from this site for commercial ends without our written permission.