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Walk Mount Athos

The following route will wander you from Ouranoupoli till the borders of Mount Athos, revealing really beautiful images. Setting off from the tower of Ouranoupoli, you head on the left to Mount Athos borders. As soon as you reach the parking place at your left, the road becomes a dirt one. You keep on going having the sea on your right side. Following the road you will find a building and from there goes up to a hill. You continue its southeast direction, following the line of the beach, until it draws away.

When the path becomes again in a parallel way with the beach, you will meet a big formation of rocks. Right 100m backwards the path starts to ascend and leads to small stairs. You keep wandering through bushes and trees and at a distance of 700m the path leads downwards, coming closer to the sea and reaching the borders of Mount Athos. At this point you also meet Zigou Monastary, the unique visitable from women, since it’s the only one outside the borders.

The signs warn that the access is forbidden for women and visitors that do not have any visa. You keep on wandering though the olive groves, passing the castle and following the route which heads to the north. At a distance of 400m the path turns to the left, zigzags and ascends, directing now to Ouranoupoli. On the way you find a valley and the route looks at the the sea. Passing through a pine forest you will be amazed by the astonishing view to the village and the beach. The route now heads towards Ouranoupoli.