Highs of Kastro Orias reveal slice of Kythnos history - slideshow


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The hike to Kastro Orias is one of our most popular trails on the Greek island of Kythnos. Walking from Hora and back also makes it one of the longest that we do. From the intermediate point of Loutra port the trail rises to the ruins of the castle about 200 metres above sea level on a spectacular headland that made it impregnable until 1570 when the Turks tricked their way into the castle and laid it to waste. This slideshow reveals the exciting paths up to Orias, the gateway into the compound, a restored church, the ruined buildings and the one remaining church ruin and its frescos.