Troulos to Meghalos Aselinos and Elias Bay Walk on Skiathos.
This is a 14km circular walk across Skiathos on dirt tracks which visits several unspoilt and quite wild beaches - there are just a few fairly easy climbs.
Take the main island coastal road from Troulos Beach bus stop 20 heading uphill towards Koukounaries - at the top of the hill (just
after bus stop 21) take a concrete track on the right by a large cream-coloured utility building. The track climbs steeply and quickly bends right - it soon levels out somewhat and you get excellent views of Troulos Beach and the surrounding hills. Follow what is now a sandy/dirt track as it undulates between pine trees
to reach a major track junction. Keep straight ahead - the track climbs a little as it heads towards and then passes a large goat station on the left. At the next track junction take the right fork and follow this round the hills for another 1.3kms or so.
This then arrives at a t-junction - go right and follow this winding fairly rough track down to a small metal road. Go left and walk along to reach Meghalos Aselinos Beach - there is a taverna and a cafe- also beach chairs / umbrellas are available.
To continue the walk - go back along the road and turn right back up the inbound track as far as the earlier t-junction - curiously it
initially looks like a really hard climb but did seem to be quite easy in fact. At the juncton take a small path on the right which heads down through pine
trees and then reaches a clearing with a ruined building in the middle. The path is quite indistinct here - you need to cross the clearing but staying to the
left edge as much as possible - look for where the ground dips very steeply - here the path becomes obvious again. Follow this very nice enclosed path as it goes down to reach Agistros Beach - a small taverna exists here.
Cross the beach and take the steps on the far side then at the top go straight on to soon walk down on a narrow rocky path to reach the long sweep of Elias Bay
and Beach - a taverna as well as beachchair/umbrella hire are available on this beach. From here go back up the rocky path then at the top turn right and take the outbound track- this climbs to a track junction. Go left and climb some
more for a while to reach a track fork- take the right fork - the track now winds round the hills with lovely views of the island including the lake at
Koukounaries. About 1.5km along reach another track junction - turn right to re-join the original outward track - soon pass the goat station and then continue on back to the main coastal road.
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