Hiking (Neos Marmaras – Parthenonas)
This long walk visits the very old village of Parthenonas and the walker is given two alternative methods of ascent and descent, depending on one’s abilities.
One can ascend by a beautiful, if strenuous route, which visits an old water mill and dam and then climbs straight up a ridge, through olive groves and forest, to reach high forest tracks, leading to the village.
Alternatively one can ascend from the tavern ‘Drossia’ via easy forest roads. The descent can be by either of the above routes or a much shorter, steep route, which follows a mountain streambed. (4 hours).
Parthenonas dates back to the days of the pirates when the inhabitants lived in the hills away from such danger. The village stands at a height of 300m and the difficulty of living there in modern times caused the whole population to abandon it in 1970, and move down en-masse into Neos Marmaras, where the living was easier.
However, since then many of the houses are now being renovated, as wealthier people move back for the fine views, peace and solitude.