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Ag. Gala-Ag. Giannis


The route connects the village of Agios Galas with the abandoned, since about 1960, settlement of Agios Giannis and includes remarkable monuments of cultural heritage and nature of the island. The start is suggested to be made by Agios Giannis, so that we can take advantage of the smooth descent to Agios Galas and have time to see the points of interest after the end of the route. Access to the abandoned settlement of Agios Ioannis is by vehicle from a dirt road of good passability, which starts about one and a half kilometers after Agios Galas, as we head to Nenitouria.

At the starting point in Agios Giannis there is one large oak, where there is also a rest area.
From this point start two small impassable paths, one to the observatory and the water source at the base of a plane tree and one that leads between the abandoned houses of the settlement , to the homonymous church σία. To continue we must return to the resting place, where we continue on a dirt road until the entrance to the path.
Along the way we will meet again a dirt road, which on the left leads to the church of St. Spyridon while on the right it continues to Agios Galas. The dirt road continues on a path at the point where it is located and a viewing point with a wooden pavilion. From the point we can have a great view to Agios Galas, the Aegean and Psara, while to our right, opposite the ravine there is the special rock formation "of Buddha the cliff".

The trail is easy, clear with a smooth slope and crosses old agricultural lands (mainly cereals) which are no longer cultivated. Characteristic are at least four threshing floors that are still visible along the route. From this point to the entrance to Agios Galas, the route is paved up to the church of Agia Varvara. Arriving at Agios Galas, we walk in its streets, following the signage, with the final destination being the church of Agios Thalelaios, whose name was also the first name of the village. Then, descending, we will visit Panagia Agiogaloussaina (to visit the church, one must ask the key from the villagers) and finally the cave of Agios Galaktos.

Agios Giannis: Abandoned village on the slope of Amani. Its location is charismatic and offers unrestricted views of the Aegean and an amazing sunset. The houses, now in ruins, are characteristic of the architecture of the small, poor villages of the area with the use of local materials. The lower floor in two-story houses was used as a stable or agricultural warehouse. The floors were connected by an external staircase, which led to the balcony. Inside, which usually had two rooms, the fireplaces are still preserved, as well as the thick trunks in the center of the room that supported the roof. The village was abandoned around 1960.