Walk to Xondriammo from Milina and Lafkos Sunday 25th September
More than 20 set off in two groups, one walking up from Milina and the other down from Lafkos to join forces at the isolated Chapel of Ag Ioannis
There was sufficient cloud cover for the climb along the river bed under the plane trees and up along the cleared kalderimi to the high plateau between Mikro and Agios Andreas. Taking the earth road we turned right and East towards Xondriammo. By popular demand we took a second kalderimi left which skirted the left flank of the cliffs above the sea and which took us to the beach. By this time it was hot and, although tempted to swim there and then, the consensus was that we might not make the distance if we were to stop!
So we strode along the white pebbles past the few houses which abut the beach trying not to think about the clear turquoise water to our left. We then climbed up the concrete road at the far end of the beach. However one of the leaders of the party made a wrong left turn, thinking that we were nearer our destination than we actually were. A second dead end and it became clear that to reach the taverna Aigaio we needed to climb higher again to avoid a couple of creeks.
One of our group suddenly became aware that his wife was not with him and there followed an entertaining, if anxious, half hour of whistling, shouting telephone numbers and possible sightings until the first group arrived at the Taverna to find that she had made it safely across the olive groves.
Nearly all of us plunged with the greatest pleasure into the calm waters of the lovely bay and we followed this with a memorable lunch on the terrace above the beach, the restaurant having opened just for our group. As this was a longer walk, car sharing and positioning had been rather problematic. However the son of the taverna owner came to the rescue and some of the assembled party left in a slightly unorthodox way to reach the tarmac road above Agios Andreas (see photo). A very enjoyable day! Sue.