Petra - Saint Fotia - Watermills - Ligona Spring - Monastirelia - Petri - Achileiopigada - Petra [CircularTrail]
DISTANCE: 11,6 klm
DISTANCE RUNTIME: 3 h & 50 min
ALTITUDE (min): 2 m (Petra Beach) (max): 260 m (Ligona Spring)
ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE: 258 m
AREA MORPHOLOGY: Lowland, narrow ravine with cliffs and crystallized volcanic domes, steep hills around the trail and columnar lava formations and finger-like rock forms
ROUTE VEGETATION: Cultivated olive groves, farmland and grasslands, riverine vegetation and plane trees, forested areas with a variety of oak (mainly Roupakia), brushwood
MONUMENTS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE: 17 watermills, old churches, chapels, settlement ruins
CONNECTIONS WITH OTHER ROUTES OF THE NETWORK: From Saint Fotia towards Reservoir and/or Molyvos or Vafeios. From the valley towards Vafeios, and from a fork higher up in the valley, towards Monastirelia - Agios Dimitrios - Vafeios
ΠΡΟΣΒΑΣΕΙΣ και ΔΙΕΥΚΟΛΥΝΣΕΙΣ: Asphalt road from Petra to Petri. Drinking water, coffeehouses and food: Petra, Petri.
The farming land of Petra with its fertile valley had since the early years the advantage of being autonomous in the grinding of the grains it produced. The steady flow of the spring of Ligonas supplied with water a series of (17) mills, the towers of which bear witnesses to the pre-industrial past and they are monuments of the architectural heritage of the island. The Trail passes from the chapel of Saint Fotia (Saint Foteini) and climbs up through mill trenches by the ruins of the mills to the Ligonas ravine, a terrain of particular geomorphologic interest. After a visit to the spring and a climb to the old chapel of Saint Dimitrios in the Monastirelia region, the tour in this special valley is completed. Tiny Petri offers an uninterrupted view to the valley of Petra, the small islands and the open sea. Descending from the Achilleiopigada area, the trekking circle ends under the rock of Panagia on the square.