Neochori to Nidhri Walk - out in the Lefkada Hills.
This is a nice long and somewhat hilly walk from Neochori which goes via Egklouvi Village to Nidhri. This long walk totally around 25kms goes up into the mountains and is not
so much a circular as maybe a Q - the walk is on tracks and small lanes and continually climbs for around 8kms all the way up to the mountain village of
Egklouvi - then drops down as it loops back with a nice stop over at the Aghii Asomati Monastery before a bit of a climb back up to meet the outgoing track - back to Neochori and then a slow descent into Nidhri.
Note the total ascent is not that huge as walks can go but the first half is a constant upwards climb and considering the possible heat and that much of the way is not that shaded the walk can easily be described as strenuous. It really is beautiful up in these hills though and the walk is well worthwhile - in fact if you are not
keen on walking this is also a pretty good circular for biking. Plenty of water and food are necessary and don't expect to get replenished at Egklouvi unless you arrive before 13h since the taverna there shuts all afternoon - least it does in May.
Rather than climb up on surfaced roads out of Nidhri we decided the walk was potentially long enough already so we took a taxi from Nidhri up to the end of the surfaced road by the church at Neochori.
From the church head along the narrow concrete road - this bends right passing a house (Mouseio Laografikon) and some gates - here go left up another concrete road now starting to climb.
Around 3/4s of a kilometre from the start at a track junction go sharp right staying on the main track (there are red arrows and markers here pointing you down the other track - ignore them).
This track zigzags it's way quite steeply upwards to reach another main track junction (around 3.5kms from the start). Take the left hand fork and now simply stay on this track - ignoring any side
tracks - as it meanders along to come out above the highest village on Lefkas - Egklouvi. After all the climbing it is quite nice to then have a walk down towards the village. The track meets a tarmac road, go left
here then when the road hooks sharply back right look for an arrow on a narrow alley wall and follow this alley up into the village and the square.
Note there are meant to be two tavernas here and also a shop but we found they were closed for the afternoon so there were no drinks or food available. The village square is very shady and really pleasant to sit in for a break and to have your lunch.
Continue through the square and past the church and take the road back down to the junction at the bottom of the village. Turn left on the tarmac road and follow this around the hillside to reach another road junction. Go right now on the road to Vafkeri.
This quiet road wanders along for around 2.5kms to reach the main Karia-Vafkeri road. Turn right and follow the main road for around 400 metres then as the road turns sharp left take a small road going right signed to the monastery.
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