Kalimera, shortly before Kastromeno at the two cisterns it goes up to the left. (The new marked E4 path begins shortly afterwards) It is marked with the typical E4 symbol sign. The first short piece, which is still overgrown with Maccia, there are colored dots on the stones as markings. Then you cross a stony valley / depression and then it goes steeply uphill on a narrow slope towards Kastro and Koutala Seli. Here are the typical E4 poles a few hundred meters away. You always have to look where the next E4 pole is. In the valley / depression and on the further ascent, many of the poles are bent in the middle. As if a giant bent the bars in anger.
At the top of the Grad it is super quiet and you have a beautiful view of the Kastro, Kastromeno and Kako Kastelli. The new E4 path runs under one. The texture there looks very interesting and unusual.
As beautiful and lonely as it is up there, on the other hand it is also a little monotonous. The climb up the grade just never ends. You think you've made it straight away, then there's another E4 pole. It goes on and on. Shortly before the branch to the Kastro, I turned back.
I got a serious sunburn on the hike (in the neck, back of the knees and calves), although I was tanned well before. The wind, the blazing sun and the reflected snow fields are not to be underestimated. So apply some grease.
Kalo dromo, kv
"I hope nothing, I fear nothing, I am free."