Morning tour of the Archaeological Museum followed by an afternoon hike of 6km from Chora via Gialia beach and the Apoikia valley and Stenies. Guided tour of Agia Irini Monastery. Lunch with local cuisine and dance hosted by the Associations, residents, and professionals of Apoikia
Meting Time morning Museum Tour : 9.20am – meeting Point : Chora Archeological Museum
Meeting Time afternoon hike : 16.00 – Meeting Point : Chora, Nibourio beach car park
The hike starts along the pedestrian raised wooden walkway on the edge of the bay and proceeds to the Andros Nautical Club where the hiking route starts with a climb to Tripes, up between the two bays and then heads down to Gialia beach where if the weather is good there will be an opportunity to swim. After Galia the hike climbs up through the green valley of Stennies and Apoikia, passing Fabrika, the largest water mill in Andros. From there, crossing the riverbed, the route heads past the Leontos bridge with the beautiful village of Stenies above and climbs to the impressive ruins of the Bistro Tower and walk alongside the stream to Apatouria. After a short visit to the church of Agia Kyriaki the hike reaches Apoikia and the cool springs of Sariza spring.
From Apoikia coach transport will take you by coach to the renovated old Monastery of Agia Irini and visit the impressive church with the marble icons as well as the remarkable exhibition rooms on the flora and rocks of Andros, traditional musical instruments, and writing instruments. Following the visit to the monastery coaches will take you back to Apoikia’s town Square.
Traditional fiesta with local dishes follows in the courtyard of the hotel Pigi Sariza, hosted by Associations and professionals of the village
Following the fiesta coaches will take you back to Chora.
Entry to the museum to be paid at the Museum ticket office on entry €4 (concessions €2)
Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum – Free
Hike – Free
Guided tour of Agia Irini Monastery – Free
Meal – €11.5
Transport – €4
Hike: Chora (Niborio) – Gialia-Stenies-Apatouria-Apikia beach, Distance: 6km, Difficulty: medium-difficult
1) From Apoikia to Agia Irini Monastery and back to Apoikia
2) From Apikia to Chora at the end of the fiesta
Suggested area for stay night before hike: Chora
Suggested area for stay on night of hike : Chora