Veneto-Flamouri monastery-Ano Kerasia

Distance: 12,9 km
Duration: 5,5 hours with stops (walking time 4.15′)
Altitude: from 250 m (Veneto) to 780 m (Stavros) to 650 m (Ano Kerasia)
Signed with: red marks, signs
Drinking water on route: yes (Flamouri mon.)
 Download GPS track:   The route at Wikiloc    The route at Everytrail      

        A beautiful trail in North Pelion, mostly on kalderimi (cobblestone) and earth path with small sections of dirt road. Having arrived at Ano Kerasia, one can continue walking for one and a half hour to Kato Kerasia (see the trail Kato Kerasia-Ano Kerasia). Please note also that the asphalt to Ano Kerasia is not suitable for large buses.

        Starting from the car parking in Veneto, we walk up the concrete steps to reach the village square. Climbing a few more steps, we join the concrete road which goes uphill in an easterly direction, ultimately ending at Petromelisso beach. We pass next to the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and exit the village. We walk past a junction with a road to the left that goes to Koulouri beach and two more junctions with uphill roads on the right.
Signs at path entrance near Veneto

        We soon notice  a multitude of signs on our right side, marking the entrance of the path to Flamouri monastery. We walk in a southerly direction assisted by red marks and a few signs,  on flat terrain alternating between forest and low vegetation. In some sections the vegetation creates virtual tunnels to pass through.
Vegetation tunnel near Veneto

        Leaving behind a small stream first, we soon start descending towards a large and wild stream, called Kakorema (meaning bad stream), the ending of which at the sea is Petromelisso beach. Walking down the slope, we pass next to an old ruined stone hut.
Kakorema stream

       After crossing the stream, we continue uphill on the overgrown opposite slope, to reach an open rocky plateau on the ridge, called Petrialo. At this point an unclear and unmarked path joins in following the ridge, coming from the sea. This is a good place to have a stop for rest.
      We continue on the main path with the red signs slightly downhill, almost on a straight line, towards the Monastery’s stream. Before reaching the stream bed, ignore a narrow uphill path to the right. We cross the stream and after a small straight section we come across a  signed junction, where a wide path coming from the monastery`s ruined littoral estate at Agios Nikolaos beach joins in from the left. We head right and start climbing with zigzags,  frequently finding sections of kalderimi.

     On the ridge, we find a yellow sign. Here on our left a path goes downhill to pass the Vathoulomeni stream, and leads to Koromilia peak-Alfons monument and Paliocastro of Veneto (see the  respective trails). 
Flamouri monastery

        We continue slightly uphill on the main path, which soon leads us to the monastery of Flamouri. Βuilt in 1595 A.D. by monk Simeon, it celebrates on the 6th of August (Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour) and currently has four monks. Women are not allowed inside, but male visitors of a limited number will be offered food and lodging. Restauration works are undergoing. From Veneto to Flamouri it is a 3-hour trek including stops (walking time 2.20′).

Flamouri monastery interior

     After visiting the historical monastery and filling our water supplies from its fountain, we continue walking uphill through chestnut and beech trees. We leave a junction with a narrow path on the left going to Sourvia monastery and then pass the stream amidst an impressive scenery with water running through tall beech trees and big rocks.

    Climbing further on, we reach the location called Stavros to enter a dirt road and follow it downhill. Half an hour later we reach a plateau in the area of Kato Goura. On our left an earth road goes uphill towards Kokkinogia, Ovrios beach and Pouri. We walk straight ahead and in one hundred and fifty meters we have on our left a water pit  for cattle animals to drink.
Beech forest near Kato Goura

     From here one could continue on the road to reach Ano Kerasia, but it definitely is a better choice to take the path, so we take a left turn following the red marks and soon pass next to the spring of Kato Goura, seen under a tall beech tree. The path continues through a beautiful beech forest in a southwest direction. Further on, we come next to a fenced property on the left and enter a dirt road. After fifty meters on that road, we turn right downhill at an angle, to find the kalderimi which takes us to the ruined stonebridge of Geladistra. We pass the stream crossing the bed next to the remains of the bridge and continue uphill on the other side on a wide path.
     Reaching the ruins of the village, the path becomes unclear. However, we walk slightly downhill to the left to find the fountain that lies in the small stream below. From there a kalderimi winds up, opening at the village square with the renovated church of Agii Apostoli.

About pelionwalks

We are a society who promote the restoration and use of old footpaths in the South Pelion area.
This entry was posted in Walk Descriptions. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s