Porto Carras - Vineyards
In the original book this walk took one up in to the vineyards of Porto Carras. This is now no longer possible and it has been replaced by a route that follows the beautiful coastline with its many sandy bays to the south of Porto Carras. The route is mostly along a traffic free road and one returns by the same route so the length of walk can be changed to suit the weather and other circum stances. On reaching the farthest point at the vehicle barrier it is possible to continue another 2 kilometres to a beach taverna if desired.
For those wanting a short walk giving fine views over the sea another route, which climbs up into an olive grove near Porto Carras, has been added to this section.
Coastal Walk: The start point for both of these walks is Kohi Beach, just beyond the Porto Carras Marina. From the car park at Kohl Beach walk south on the road past the barrier. The road climbs and turns to the left at its highest point curving round and descending to pass round a small sandy bay. Soon large metal gates block the way for vehicles, but walkers can pass through. These gates form part of a continuous metal fence that was constructed several years ago, for security reasons, when a European Community Summit conference was held at Porto Carras. A few metres past these gates is a path to the left leading up into the wood. This is the route for the short walk (see the map opposite). For the coastal walk continue on round several more fine coves with sandy beaches. You should not meet much traffic on this road as it is not open to the public. The road eventually becomes a sandy track with the occasional olive grove, a fire watch tower, and an orchard of mandarin orange trees to be seen on the left. To the right are the beaches and waters of the Toroneos Gulf. After 4km or so you will arrive at another barrier peventing vehicle access from the public road beyond. Here you may turn and retrace your steps back to the start.
However there is the option to continue south on the public road for a further 2 km to arrive at the Taverna "Toni" or a further 800m to the Taverna "Panos" for well earned refreshm'ent.
Short Walk: This short 3km route takes one in a circle round a small valley planted with olives. From Kohl Beach follow the road south to the iron gates across the road. A few metres after the gate tum left up a narrow path into the wood to reach a farm track. Follow this track round a double loop as it climbs to reach the security fence. Follow the fence for about 1OOm to reach another track bearing off to the right to contour round the small valley and eventually descend back to the farm track, near a largeCupressus tree. Then retrace your steps to return to Kohi Beach.