Hiking Tour to Achla Beach

  • Time: 5 hrs
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Difficulty: patousapatousapatousa
  • Persons: min 2
  • Price: 40€ p.p.

Description

A natural zone of absolute protection
Hiking Tour to Achla Beach

Blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing streams

This exciting hiking tour starts from the remote village «Vourkoti». Meet your guide in the morning and get a transfer to the authentic rural village with the highest altitude in the Cyclades (620m). The hiking route is moving parallel to the slope that borders the long valley of Achla from the north.  With your local naturalist guide you will learn all about the rich flora as you will descend, gradually to the river, which springs from Zenios and from a narrow path you will pass on the opposite side crossing the very beautiful old stone bridge. After a short break at the small waterfalls to enjoy the surrounding,  you will continue your hike with destination the historic Monastery of St. Nicholas
You will stop to visit the monastery and then, after filling your spouts with fresh water from the source, your guide will lead you back on a path heading north and to the valley and the river again, a nature conservation area, the most important of Andros. The river is drowned by dense forest of plane trees and wrecks. The shady walk across the riverbed will lead you to the beach. A virgin sandy beach with dunes and caves, where the estuary forms a small lagoon. This important area for the biodiversity of the island hosts migratory and other birds. A zone of absolute protection! You will have time for swim and a light picnic.
For the way back and if the weather permits you will sail to Chora by boat and then transferred to the meeting point. If not,  just choose one of the following alternatives :
A)    Walk back another 5km to Agios Nicolaos Monastery
B)    Get transferred with jeep cars to the meeting point

Highlights :
• The valley of Achla and the river
•    The stone arched bridge
•    The St.Nicolas Monastery
•    Achla Beach
•    Boat Trip

Necessary: long trousers, appropriate shoes and socks, hat and sunscreen.
The prices vary depending on the route, the number of participants and the offered services.
Included: hiking guide, snacks, water, walking stics, digital photos and a gpx file map.
NOT included: Transportation to the starting point / pick up from the termination point
Tours start between 07.00-09.00 hrs depending on the season and weather conditions.

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