Hike to Agia Sophia Church and the Village of Petrovouni, Kardamyli, Greece

May 21, 2016

Hike to Agia Sophia and Petrovouni

This popular hike in the rugged hills above Kardamyli offers great sea and mountain views. Although this trail is probably better done in the cool morning hours with the sun over the mountains rather than the sea, we headed out after lunch. The morning storm had cleared the air leaving it fresh and not too hot, well maybe a little hot trudging uphill.

Hike to Agia Sophia

View over Kardamyli

Hike to Agia Sophia

Agia Sophia

Agia Sophia Church

Hike to Petrovouni

Back down the ravine

The trail climbs along cobble stone paths to the church of Agia Sophia and then back down a ravine only to climb back up the next hill to reach the village of Petrovouni. All perfectly doable with the level difficulty dependent on what you are used to. For us, who hike regularly, it was moderately difficult due to frequent uphill sections on uneven ground.

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Note that you first follow the black and yellow blazes and then the red and white through the village of Petrovouni to get you to the trail that leads back down toward Kardamyli.

Hike to Petrovouni

Trail to Kardamyli descends in front of this building.

Hike to Petrovouni

Even, cobble stone switchbacks that leads back to Kardamyli.

The whole route takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on your level of fitness and how much you stop.

The ancient village of Kardamyli lies above the main town on the road just below the Vardia Hotel and near the start of the trail to the Agia Sophia church.

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Hotel VardiaIf you are staying at the Vardia Hotel, this terraced back staircase leads to the trailhead and the ancient village.

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4 Responses to Hike to Agia Sophia Church and the Village of Petrovouni, Kardamyli, Greece

  1. Keith says:

    Great stuff. Very informative. I followed your direction and had a wonderful hike! Thanks for posting

  2. Julie Houston says:

    Your site is terrific. Found it in time for planning a trip to these parts of Greece. Thank you for all the great info

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