AMORGOS, the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades is a stunner,
with whitewashed houses, trestled alleyways and fiery rust sunsets ...
Kevin Raub in New York Post, 2010

Stavros, a religious festival in the mountains

Most visitors to the festival start of Lagkada, but for the longer inclined hikers are arrivals from Aegiali or Tholaria possible.

From Lagkada it goes into the rough rugged mountains of Amorgos. The path is mostly signposted and easy to find. It runs about 7 miles to Chapel Stavros just below the summit of Krikelos. About half of the way is the monastery of Theologos. A visit is worth it, because even here, nature is overwhelming.

One should take the rise of about 2.5 to 3 hours of time and divide his forces well, as the most difficult part of the way along the coast in about 600 m height is until the end. Inevitable is the transportation of drinking water and appropriate hiking equipment (cold and wet protection, sturdy shoes, etc.).

The Nature compensates for the exertion of the climb.

Stavros Chapel Amorgos

The real religious festival is held every September 14th  in the vicinity of the small chapel. These visitors will be provided as early as the 13th September with boiled goat meat, bread, rice and drinks. The goat meat is cooked right next to the church in a small building on the open fire in boilers and is very tasty.

Normally, there are numerous locals and also the majority of tourists to the festival, despite the efforts of the climb.

In good weather and dilapidated distant view, the view is breathtaking, if you’re unlucky, it is foggy, windy, and then, despite the rather cold summer temperatures.

GPS- Trailmap (download the trail in different file formats)


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