Themed Kythnos walks to include nature, archeology, churches, cuisine

Kythnos Hiking is to promote themed walking holidays, including archeology, churches, cuisine, and is readying a nature-themed walk in the week beginning Monday 10 July.

The nature walk will be guided by a leading Greek naturalist who knows the natural beauty of the island and will uncover animals, flowers, insects, the many varieties of birds, and undersea creatures.

Our traditional hiking routes will be adapted in order to see the maximum natural species present at this time of year.

In addition, we will visit a biological honey farm where some of Kythnos's most important exports are prepared for international distribution.

On the cuisine front, the holidays will include calls at some of the best restaurants for local fish, goat and lamb, rabbit, cheese, prepared in tasty dishes. In some cases we will earlier see where the produce originated.

The archeology-themed walk will visit the Vryokastro site where a 2500-year-old ancient city, including temples, is being uncovered. We will aim for a briefing with Alexander Mazarakis, the professor in charge of the dig.

Other archeology themes include a visit to mesolithic site around 9000 years in age, a Byzantine castle, and more recent industrial archeology and the mining activities that took place on the island up to 1940.

Religious-themed walks will visit the important churches in Hora, Dryopida, and Kanala and learn about their history and enjoy regular panagiri celebrations.