Kalimera, i n March I planned to hike down the Asfendou Gorge from Goni via Asfendou, the venture had to be canceled due to thick fog.
Then a new attempt via Kalikratis on the road to Asfendou, this attempt had to be broken off, it poured in torrents and lightning.
Then a new attempt today. All good things come in threes. The conditions were bad, everyone said that it should pour properly today, there was even a storm warning on the Internet.
In Komitades it didn't look like rain in the morning or afternoon, it was warm and very, very humid.
So it started, this time via Imbros to Asfendou. The drive from Imbros to Asfendou was very impressive, but foggy again and again.
Asfendou looked deserted, like a village where the population had fled. The tavern in Asfendou with the same name was open.
Then started in Asfendou, ran in fog for the first 50 minutes. Unfortunately, you couldn't take anything from the environment, just guessed how wild the landscape looks around you. It was all a thick soup of fog.
The bumpy Monopati was easy to see, and so were the signs.
After 40 minutes the descent begins in a zigzag. After a few minutes, on the way down, there is a small brick building where you can take shelter in the rain.
After 50 minutes the fog subsided and you could see the wild landscape for the first time.
After 1.10 from Asfendou, you can see the sea.
15 minutes later there is a fence, at which point you have already walked in the river bed, there you go straight ahead. The junction to the right ends after a few minutes and everything is fenced off.
After a short time there is another fence at a large concrete building, from there it goes right through an olive grove onto the street. Straight ahead you come out in the village of Agios Nektarios.
In the olive grove the nets were already laid out under the trees. You just wait for the olives to fall off. This is the gentlest way of harvesting.
After exactly 2 hours I arrived on the street.
I will hike through the gorge again because this time I had the fog and the trendy rain on my neck. Fortunately it stayed dry.
Conclusion: of the three gorges I hiked via Frangokastello (I don't count the tourist gorge Imbros), Kalikratis gorge, Manikas gorge and Asfendou gorge, I found the Asfendou gorge to be the most impressive in terms of landscape.
I have great admiration for the people who created the old paths, Monopati / Kalderimi on the island hundreds of years ago, and we still hike these paths today. It is imperative to preserve these unique cultural assets.
Map: Frangokastello / Plakias, 11.17.1, 1: 25.000 from Anavasi
Ta Leme, kv
"I hope nothing, I fear nothing, I am free."