Along the beaches to the monastic state
From Ouranopolis you can go all the way to the „end of Greece“ on an unpaved road leading along the coast. You can also drive (at the very end there is a small parking lot and a nice beach), but on foot you still have more options to stop at all possible views. It is only 5 km back and forth, but in the Greek summer heat it can still take over
Tower of Ouranopol
We start the walk from the center of Ouranopol, which is dominated by the famous local defense tower
The last organized beach in Ouranopol
Head east from the tower. At the last organized beach there are two taverns and then there is a large parking lot and the asphalt ends
Road to the border
Behind the official (paid) car park there is also a pine grove, where a lot of cars are parked (for free). Then the traffic is really weak. The road is asphalt-free, but good (tested not only on foot, but also by Fiat Panda, which is not exactly off-road twice)
The first part of the journey
The road leads relatively close to the sea with several options to go to a deserted beach or a nice view. You will also pass several apartments. The main place of this short hike is a large stone trough with a water tap and a sign with a marked tourist circuit. It is in places where the road turns more inland and thus loses the best views on this hike. From the riverbed, walk along a narrow path, through the local jungle in the bed of a seasonal stream to the beach.
Road to the most beautiful beach
After you climb out of the creek bed you are on a wide beach, but with a relatively rocky entrance. Continue southeast along the beach to its end where behind the rocks you will find a small but very nice sandy beach
This is the first really nice place on this tour. But if you want to get to the really most beautiful beach far and wide – Trimi beach -, you still have to overcome (climb or swim) the rocks at its end. From there, the road itself rises steeply with a beautiful view to the tower of Ouranopol.
A grove of old olive trees
After climbing the cliff you will reach a grove of old olive trees overlooking the hinterland. There is also a small parking space, so you can get here or by car
Views of Trimi Beach
The wide path climbs to the top of the hill, but do not miss the turn to the ruins of the mill (there is only a hole in the ground), but a really beautiful view of the beach Trimi
Another view of Trimi
The path continues along the cliff and there is another beautiful view of Trimi beach from a different angle
View of the region
On the other hand, inland, there is a nice view.
View of the border Greece - Agion Oros
A little further on is the view of the border fence to Agion Oros. There is a marked path on the map that should descend to the adjacent beach, but the footpaths were heavily overgrown with thorny bushes, so I gave up this shortcut and returned to the road
Just before the border, you will come across the ruins of the monastery of Zygos, or only the fortifications remain. The area is unfortunately inaccessible and obviously under reconstruction
Athos / Agion Oros state border
I am finally coming to the borders of the monastic state of Agion Oros. The border is fenced with lots of prohibitions and warnings, no schengen :-). Even if you have the necessary permission, you cannot enter here. The fence leads up to a few meters to the sea
There are several buildings behind the fence, but they look quite unoccupied
Beautiful beach at the border
Before you go back, it is definitely worth a bath, or at least relax on the beautiful beach with a minimum of people
Secret tip for the end
When you go around the rocks or climb the cliff you will reach a small beautiful beach
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