OPTION 1: Mylopotamos round walk
The walk starts at the typical Greek village square of Milopotamos with its Kafeneio (traditional coffee house) under the plane tree. An impressive cobblestone trail takes you down into the gorge, housing the ruins of 23 watermills. There are four waterfalls on this trail that carry water most of the year. You then ascend to Kato Chora, with its Venetian castle from 1565. It is known as 'Exobourgo’, and now an abandoned defensive fortified settlement well worth a visit. The walk crosses the whole settlement of Kato Chora with its narrow alleys and traditional houses.
Challenge: 2 hours, 4,7km /2,9mi, 150 m ascent/descent
OPTION 2: Chora round walk via Kapsali Bay
From the central square in Chora, you first descend through the main street of Chora. Just before the Kastro (so-called the ‘eye of Crete’), you head down passing by 14 Byzantine churches. A path cutting through the sharp turns of the road takes you down to the twin bays of Kapsali, the port of Chora. The views here are tremendous! After a break in one of the many cafés, you head back via a secluded beach. The ascent to Chora is tough, but views are rewarding! Those with extra energy can visit the Kastro before heading for a refreshing drink at the town square.
Challenge: 2 hours, 4,9km /3mi, 180 m ascent/descent