Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pilgrimage to Aghia Irini

The church of Aghia Irini with its pilgrims' cells is located at the end of a challenging five-kilometer trail. The hike can be done as a day trip, or by making arrangements in advance, visitors may spend the night in the cells. If you do it as a day hike, take a lunch and eat at the picnic table near the pilgrims' cells.

The views along the trail are magnificent. Freight-laden ships pass by in a parade between Cape Maleas and the western Mediterranean. Kythera rises, like Aphrodite, from the sea across the strait.