We got so much
out of our holiday at yours, so thank you again.
The walks vary in difficulty but none are for
the faint hearted, and one can easily go wrong if you donít
concentrate on the waymarking, which is always there but
sometimes obscure. Still thatís the challenge. It was great
in having only a week to walk, and all the organisation, drops
offs, picnics etc. being done for you. The friendly family
atmosphere in the hotel added to the experience.
The walk over the hill from Olympos to the
fish farm was a good half day stroll, with a bit of a scramble
up the hill, past the eternal flames, and a gentle walk down
through the forest.
Light house to Adrasan is fantastic, it is
long and strenuous and Kateís book can make it sound more
difficult than it really is. Also her timings for sections of
the walk vary so you can never be sure if you are on track or
not. I think it would be great to do it both ways within the
week, because the first time it can be a bit scary, worrying
about how much longer the walk will be, how many more patches of
scree to stumble over, etc. And to do it in reverse a couple of
days later would be even more enjoyable because of knowing the
route but seeing it from a different perspective.
Over the hill Olympos to Adrasan, not at all
difficult after the long climb up out of the valley. As long as
you take many rests on the way up and pace yourself, it is a
very pleasant climb and a great forest walk down.Brilliant views
of Mount Olympos, and the Adrasan Valley
Mount Olympos, a good five hour climb,
through the forest to the plateau took less than two and a half
hours although Katesí book said over three. Stopping for a rest
with the goats and apple trees in the summer pasture was a good
idea, if a bit smelly, goats are very insistent and pushy
animals. The two hour climb up the last bit was difficult and
exhausting and not clearly marked. The book said follow the
cairns, but there were cairns all over the place. There was a
sort of rocky track from the plateau diagonally up the hill, and
this is a hard climb, very stoney, but actually only takes an
hour, and it is very satisfying coming up to the top part of the
mountain. Then you see the lift station right the other side of
the gigantic moon-scape plateau, and have to make a decision
about the best way of getting there. That takes another hour
but worth it for views, cold beer and self satisfaction.
We thought that if the decision had been to
go up in the lift and walk down, without a guide it would have
been almost impossible to find the path down off the top.
Having climbed up, it was still difficult to work out
whereabouts we had actually come up over the rim.
The best part
of all these walks, was getting back to the hotel and walking
down to the sea and falling into the water and washing off the
dust of the day. Then back to the bar for G and Tís and
thinking about what to have for supper.
Daisy & Roger