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Karya - Rekatsinata - Agios Konstantinos

A 3,650m walk, taking one hour and 25 minutes, graded 2 for difficulty. The path leads from Karya to the Chapel of Agios Konstantinos, at an altitude of 650m, passing by the abandoned village of Rekatsinata. The walk offers exceptional views of the village and meadows of Karya, the village of Pigadisanoi, the Akarnanian coast and the villages of the Sfakiotes district.
 

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C J T Walking description
00:00 We set out from the fountain in the central square of Karya, at a height of 500m (GPS: Ν38 45 601, Ε20 38 894, Η=500m)Access map. Karya - Rekatsinata - Agios Konstantinos walk (Starting point). The main square of Karya is the scene of the annual re-creation of a village wedding, organized on the first weekend of August and lasting three days. The event re-creates in every detail all the customs and traditions associated with a village wedding, from the first day to the last. Also, at the end of July, there is the Riganada Festival, featuring traditional music, dancing and the local speciality, riganada, eaten with olives, salted sardines and garlic. From here we ascend the paved road to the right of the fountain, which
00:03 brings us to the Church of Agia Paraskevi. This is one of the oldest churches in the village, built of stone in 1839. It holds a silver reliquary, kept on the altar, and containing the miracle-working remains of the Archbishop of Corinth, Makarios Notaras. We carry on up the paved road, which passes the entrance to the church, and after 35 metres, on our left, come to the entrance of the Church of Agios Dimitrios. After another 25m the paved road ends and we continue upwards along
00:07 a cement road, turning right after another 70m into a narrow street. At the end of this street we turn right onto an asphalt road.
00:10 We proceed along the asphalt road for 55m and turn left onto a dirt path, leaving behind us the village of Karya. The road now winds around, bringing us to the village of Rekatsinata. This is one of the oldest villages in the region, which took its name from the Rekatsinaioi families who lived here. Historical sources indicate that the first families settled here about 500 years ago. Now all one will find here are abandoned, stone houses, examples of the unique local architecture.
00:18 To our left as we enter the village is the Church of Agios Antonios, the property of the Rekatsinaioi families. After passing the church we carry on up for another 20 metres, turn right and
00:21 after walking another 30m come to the centre of the village. We head to the right, leading us out of the village. After a walk of 645m we come to the entrance of the courtyard of the Church of Agios Konstantinos.
00:38 The church is the property of the Kopsida families (Analatou) and was probably built after 1700 and reconstructed in 1960-1964. It is baroque in style and the icons on the icon screen were painted on Mt. Athos.
00:41 The church is the property of the Kopsida families (Analatou) and was probably built after 1700 and reconstructed in 1960-1964. It is baroque in style and the icons on the icon screen were painted on Mt. Athos.Descending the steps we find here, we now arrive at the grounds of the church (GPS: Ν38 45 736, Ε20 38 494, H=650m)  Agios Konstantinos . All along the walk we have been passing between terraces with dry stone walls, used to grow vines until a few years ago. This area is a refuge forvarious kinds of birds and other wildlife.
00:43 Leaving the church and arriving back at the path by which we came, we take
00:46 the path to the right until we come to the asphalt road. Here we turn left and after walking 535 metres we head down a dirt path to our left (photo 2).
00:54 As we walk along the path we pass through a wood. After exiting the wood
01:00 we turn right onto the path we ascended by. The road is almost level until the
01:06 village of Rekatsinata. Before we reach the village we take a path to our left,
01:11 which we follow as it takes us to the spring in the area of Psilithra. This is a natural spring, with running water all year round, used to water the nearby gardens.
01:16 After the spring we proceed along the dirt road until we come to an asphalt road, on the edge of the village of Karya. We turn left onto this road and after
01:21 descending for 250 metres we come, on our left, to the Maria Koutsohero Folk Museum of Karya, Lefkada. The Karya Folk Museum belongs to Theodoros Katopodis and has some unique exhibits, such as old Karsani embroidery and traditional costumes, as well as agricultural items re-creating the agricultural life and everyday routines of the people of our island.
01:22 We continue downhill along the asphalt road. 70 metres along from the museum we turn right onto a narrow road, which begins to descend after 10 metres. We carry on with the public parking space to our right and reach the paved area, directly in front of us, the end of our walk, turning right onto the
01:25 asphalt and ending up at the fountain where we started out.

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