Distance: 4,3 km
Duration: 1.45′ (walking time 1.15′)
Altitude: from 480 m. (Tsangarada) to 0 m.
Signed with: a few signs and red paint
Drinking water on route: yes (Agia Kyriaki fountain, Vainas fountain)
This excellent walk will take us, on kalderimi, from the village of Tsangarada down to the small picturesque harbour of Damouchari (of Mamma mia! fame), and then to the nearby sandy beach of Papa Nero at Ai Giannis. After swimming into the crystal clear Aegean sea and eating at one of the local tavernas, we can return to Tsangarada by bus (check the timetables at: http://www.ktelvolou.gr/dromologia.html) or taxi (+306944718863).
Crossing the asphalt twice, there is then a small stretch covered by concrete, but the kalderimi soon emerges again and reaches a monumental marble fountain built in 1907, just above Agia Kyriaki church. The small square with the plane tree next to the church is sadly deserted.
|Agia Kyriaki church|
|View to the north|
Two paths cross on the right, going towards Krifo Scholio and Fakistra beach. There is a protective low stone wall built on the outer side, because the slope is very steep. Eventually, we pass the Chalorema stream over a wooden bridge. As if to justify its name (Chalorema=destroying stream), the stream has destroyed the concrete lane on which we walk at the other side.
In a few meters we reach the beach of Damouchari, under the ruins of the old castle. Walking on flat stone paved path parallel to the sea, we pass just above the small port, the only place in the east Pelion area where a ship could safely dock. Some scenes of the movie ”Mamma mia” were shot here in 2007 and there are happy pictures of the taverna owner with Meryl Streep. A little further on, as a concrete road continues to the right, we notice the kalderimi climbing to the left. It soon opens at the entrance of Damouchari on the asphalt road which we follow, leaving the village. After about 300 m., there is a junction next to a fountain, where we go right. We then come to a point where a wooden kiosk is next to the asphalt. Here on the right a narrow concrete road leads to ”Katerina” tourist accomodation. The kalderimi is descending just left to this road and then left to the entrance of Katerina, and we soon find ourselves at the south end of the magnificent sandy beach Papa Nero of Ai Giannis.
As an epilogue, I will quote the late Nikos Haratsis, from his milestone 1995 book A hiker`s guide to Mt.Pelion: ”Those who walk this path are fortunate. They are sure to find many pleasant surprises in their way. No matter how far they drift from Pelion, its memory never fades away. So joy to those who choose to walk down this path, that is hard to find anywhere else”.
|Papa Nero beach|