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Kardamyla-Gria Castle


From the road Chios - Kardamylon we follow the detour that leads to Pitios and at a distance of one and a half kilometers from the intersection, we see the sign related to the route.
We leave our vehicle and continue on foot on the paved road path. In a little while the paving is stopped and the path continues dirt. After about three hundred meters the path is divided. At this point the path on our right leads to the top of the mountain and the Old Lady's Castle, while the path to our left ends at the area of ​​Koulalas with the old, wide Genoveski well (Koulala well) and the abandoned farmhouse. It is recommended that the hiker continue the climb to the top and visit the Kulala Valley on the way back.
The climb is relatively difficult due to the rocky terrain and steep slopes. Around us the landscape is dry, rocky and there are plenty of clay soils.

We continue to climb following the maneuvers of the path. Behind us stretches the valley of Koulalas and in front of us rises the imposing mountain mass of Gria.
Kardamylite Corps to face the Turkish army during the battles for the liberation of the island in 1912.

Almost reaching the top of the hill we have a panoramic view, while there is a gazebo with benches for rest. The point requires attention, due to the steep cliff. From below, Kardamyla with its plain, port and islets, Oinousses, Dolphin and the coasts of Asia Minor look panoramic. In front of us, right on the next peak, which is only a few meters away, stands the Castle of Gria.

After a few minutes walk, we reach the Castle. We enter its precinct from a damaged part of the wall and enjoy the panoramic view to the upper Kardamyla, the Caves and the settlement of Marmaros.

Descent is easier. In much less time than we needed to climb, we almost reach the foothills and either continue on the same route or make a detour to the right, ending up in the area of ​​Koulalas, with the old, wide and well-built Genoese well. From there, following the dirt road, we get to the point where we started our ascent.