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You should get to know Irakleia on foot. The trails are signposted both with regular signs and with makeshift signs made by hikers (piles of stones, woods etc.)

Panagia – Cave of Agios Ioannis

The most interesting route to the cave of Agios Ioannis starts at Panagia. The trail climbs up the hill behind the village and continues to the other side of the island passing near the island’s highest top, Mountain Papas. Follow the small signs and the makeshift ones made by hikers and you won’t get lost. You will get the chance to enjoy the view over the island, the Small Cyclades, Naxos and Amorgos. After walking for 45 minutes, you will reach the mountain pass that the locals call “the big crossing of the mountain”. From there, you will see the island of Ios right across and the top of Mountain Papas very close to you. Walk down the path having the gulf of Vourkaria to your right. If you follow the signs, you will reach the cave in 15 minutes. Duration: 90’   Info                   The trail connecting Panagia with Prophitis Ilias (25’), where you can enjoy a unique view, is also interesting.

Panagia – port

It is the old cobblestone street used by the locals. Your starting point is either Panagia or the aqueduct from where you can enter a concrete road that becomes a cobblestone street after a while. In 10 minutes you will see a crossroad with a sign to Agios Athanasios and Agios Georgios. Follow the road to the right and enjoy the view over the port as well as the dry stone walls that seem to extend for kilometers. Follow the signs until you reach an accessible dirt road that ends to the church of Taxiarchis. Duration: 50’
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