Aug 3, 2014

Trail: Perissa – Church of Panagia Katefiani – Ancient Thera

Duration: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Bear in mind that the trail leads to the archaeological site of Ancient Thera which is open from 08.00 – 15.00. So, it’s a good idea to start early in order to visit the site.
The path goes uphill (unless you leave your car at Ancient Thera, if you come from Kamari). It starts at the end of the paved road at the foot of the mountain.
On your way up, the trail forks to the right leading to the small church Panagia Katefiani, protected under a huge rock.
There are climbing fields there! The views are sweeping and the traveler can rest for a while in the shade and enjoy absolute serenity.
Then back to the main trail, surrounded by oregano bushes. After a while, you will notice old traces of excavations and, in a short distance from the top, an ancient cemetery has been unearthed. It is the area where a beautiful statue of a girl (“Kori”) was discovered in 2000, which is now in the warehouses of the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, but cannot be visited.
The sun is relentless, there is no shade at all and the only canteen is at the very entrance of the archaeological site. You need plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.