Hiking on the Greek island of Serifos kicked off the season this week with tours to a monastery, a professional winery, and to a beautiful village way above the coast via a three hours of walking from Hora, the island capital.
Even though the weather was coldish, walkers braved the elements to enjoy meeting the two monks in the Taxiarches Monastery, including our guide Father Efdokimos, one kilometre from the sea and at an altitude of 200 metres.
This cross-country walk from Hora crosses agricultural land, much of it left fallow and damp in the spring, passes a number of pigeon houses, before reaching a maximum altitude of around 400m.
After the monastery, walkers went up the hill to the Chrysoloras winery where Christos Chrysoloras grows his grapes and processes about 10-11 tonnes of wine production, equivalent to 5,000 bottles.
Chrysoloras's plant, 400m above the sea, produces wine from the Serifiotiko sub-variety of the Roditis grape variety, among others, while the premises include a bar for tasting his white and rose wine.
Chrysoloras and his wife Eugenia are entrepreneurs, processing grapes from Sifnos, as well as making unsalted soft cheese, anthotiro, from the milk produced by his herd of goats on the island.
With a steady step we took another marked path down to Kallitsos village, first past oak trees and then around the hillside to Aghios Konstantinos for the transfer back to our Livadi rooms.
A great walk, an interesting day out full of history, local delicacies, and to be followed by a swim on the beach.