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Chapel of Agia Paraskevi - Chapel of Agios Savvas at Vournika

A 1,150m walk taking 22 minutes, graded 2 for difficulty. To get to the starting point for this walk we have to go to the southern side of the island, to the Municipality of Apollonia. Taking the provincial road from Nydri to Vasiliki we will come to a sign indicating the village of Vournika. We follow this route to get to our starting point, the Chapel of Agia Paraskevi. The destination at the end of the walk is not easy to find, since the small Chapel of Agios Savvas, rudimentary in its design, is almost concealed by rocks. This is an easy walk on gentle terrain, the uphill dirt track leading to a high point with panoramic views.

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C J T: Net walking time

C J T  
00:00 We park next to the Chapel of Agia Paraskevi (GPS: N38 39 741, E20 39 319, H=290m)  Chapel of Agia Paraskevi - Chapel of Agios Savvas at Vournika(Start)  and in the distance can easily see the village of Vournika, where the asphalt road comes to an end. The path is to the left, opposite the entrance to the church; it is a dirt track leading uphill, impossible to miss.
00:02 We walk up through olive groves and to our left, beside the path, is a small ravine with running water. We ignore an alternative cement road to the right and bear left, continuing up the path. This section of the path now has an old paving of cement.
00:10 We come to a fork, where it is obvious we need to bear right along the cement path, since the left-hand side of the fork leads into a private field. After a few metres we are walking on a dirt track once again.
00:11 We walk up until we come to the meeting of two dirt tracks. To our right we can see the white shrine of Agios Ioannis, and we continue in that direction.
00:18 While the dirt track we have been walking along continues straight ahead, we will bear left and backwards, taking a smaller, ascending dirt track leading up the slope. We are now close to the end, but must be careful to take the right turnings. After a few metres the path narrows, twisting and turning to the right and taking us higher.
00:22 Finally, to our left and beneath the rock there is a small metal stairway and the Chapel of Agios Savvas (GPS: N38 39 696, E20 39 527, H=410m) Chapel of Agia Paraskevi - Chapel of Agios Savvas at Vournika(End). The view is, of course, magical, and the return will be an easy downhill walk. The chapel is a primitive construction of whitewashed stones and branches; it has no roof. It is said that the icon of Agios Savvas was found here, and the chapel was built by local people in his honour.


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