Today you will go to the west coast of Andros. You first take a local bus or taxi to Messaria or a taxi to Ano Pitrofos further up.
From Messaria you walk to the exceptionally beautiful, verdant village of Menites at its ‘lion’-springs. In the village square you will find many water fountains, considered therapeutic in ancient times. Refreshed you start your demanding climb on the Petalo mountain, followed by the old trading route over the side of the mountain with great views over green valleys, villages and the sea far below. On your way uphill you come through the village Ano Pitrofos. (If you take a taxi to this village, you avoid half of the ascent, 300m, and shorten the walk with 5 km.). Lastly you descend to the charming seaside resort Batsi, where your accommodation is near the fine, sandy beach.
Alternative (recommended in case you didn’t go to Panachrantou yesterday): you make the walk to the Monastery of Panachrantou as under day 4, but you don’t walk back to Chora, but continue to Stavropeda. From Stavropeda you take the late afternoon bus to Batsi or you call a taxi to pick you up.
Challenge: 6.5 / 5.5 hours, 18.5 - 16 km / 11,5 - 10 mi, +560m or +600m ascent, -600m or -400m descent