Route: Horio - Monasteria - Soufi
Duration: 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: easy
From Horio the path to Monasteria, marked with red arrows, goes in a straight line due north. Take the road which leaves Horio to the north (the continuation of the main street). At the exit from the village the road forks to either side of Ag. Efstathios (a distinctive church, painted in a grey and white pattern). Take the right fork and follow the paved lane downhill into the valley, to the only stone bridge on Kimolos. Don’t cross the bridge , but take the left fork, climbing up the hill and leaving the chapels of Ag. Pnevma and Ag. Zoni on your right.
After about 1 km, you come to a dirt-road. Turn right onto this road and follow it downhill for roughly 400 metres to where the dirt-road bends to the right. Turn left onto a smaller track, heading for the beehives on the hillside in the distance. After two or three hundred yards a smaller path leaves the track, at an acute angle, on the right hand side and bears away uphill. Follow this path up the right-hand side of the valley, heading for the pass to the right of the high mountain and the abandoned huts at the top.
Before you start to descend, you should pause and enjoy the view of Monasteria, while opposite you , you can see, from west to east, the islands of Serifos, Antiparos, and Sifnos. The path down to the beach is very clear, following the right-hand side of the valley. Take care as you descend, as in places the path has been destroyed by rain. The chapel is dedicated to Virgin Mary, whose festival is celebrated on the 15th. August.
To reach Soufi, cross the beach and at the end turn left and then immediately right. In Soufi, you will find shade while the place is ideal for a swim as it is protected from the wind whatever the weather.
Text and photos: Kimolos Highschool Environmental Team