While climbing up to Psilo Vouno we came across a number of interesting trees that have been shaped by the very strong winds that assault them. Even though they are unprotected they have managed to survive in a very demanding environment. The odd bees and a tortoise were also present during our climb.
Hiking to the top of the Mount Psoriaris is probably one of my favorite walks. It's a short distance that can be covered in roughly twenty minutes, with a few tricky points here and there. Getting started is not that easy since you must go to the entrance of the Old Pyli site and look for the trail on the right side of the stream (with the sea at your back). You should encounter the sign that's on the first photo on the left.
On the top of Mount Psoriaris, overlooking the Koan plains, lies a a huge plateau from which you can admire a large part of the island. A handsome reward for a rather undemanding hike. Mount Psoriari also dominates over the Old Pyli Castle and settlement offering an incredible view over the ruins of this splendid Medieval city and its fortifications. Plenty of benches can be found on the way so you can rest at ease and eat a snack. A number of waste bins have also been provided contributing to keeping the place tidy and clean. A lot of goats roam in the area and you will come across them in some of the most unexpected places.
Magic Beach is one of the first beaches you will encounter on the long stretch of beach between Kardamena and Kefalos. To get there you will have to take the road that goes from the airport to Kefalos and once you have gone past a few bends you will encounter the sign clearly indicating the beach. These pictures were taken, during the summer, very early in the morning, so there was no one around except for a few joggers that passed by while I was there. Still, this remains part of the most sought out shoreline on the island of Kos and as you can see deservedly so...
The Cape Krikelos area is characterized by its rugged terrain, its sparse vegetation and the total absence of any kind of fauna. It is a wild and desolate place. There are plenty of amazing mostly grey and/or reddish rocks dispersed all over the region. Shaped by the elements to which they are constantly exposed, they have taken on their current forms after weathering tremendous storms. The terrain is full of crags, crevices and precipices while scattered among them are great slabs of jagged rock, beautiful large boulders and plenty of stones. In the pictures that follow I have tried to give you a sample of the marvels you can admire and if you just let your imagination run free you will recognize many familiar shapes in nature's carvings...
Some interesting sites
- A blog about the island of Tilos
- A great blog about Greek wines
- A great food blog by Peter Minakis
- A site in Greek about the Dikaios area
- A site with articles by V. Hatzivasileiou on the history of Kos (in Greek)
- Mastichari uncovered
- Octopus in my ouzo (A blog about the island of Tilos)
- Photography by Sophia Karagianni
- The filitas website with a number of articles in Greek