8th. Agros, 10th. Madhari trail and Mount Adelfoi, 12th. Churches Stavros tou Agiasmati and Panagia tou Araka
The first morning started with cloudless skies and I walked from our hotel Rodon (40) near the village on a nature trail (25) which had been recommended to me by Ismini. There were some interesting orchids including a giant one and the usual asphodil tall pale pink lilies. About 10 minutes before I returned to the hotel it started to rain and became gradually heavier developing into a thunderstorm. The rain stopped by 15.00 and we were able to make the round through the village, stopping at the candied fruit and syrup factory, the rose water factory and a local Kaffenion.
Two days later we travelled in an antique bus to a pass just North of Agros for the start of the Madhari trail (27). There were clear skies, but it was windy which made it cold on the exposed ridge. This walk was not quite so high as in the Trodos area and included a nature walk circuit (33), with various rock formations and some endemic plants, of the Adelfoi mountain (1613m) topped by its fire warning look-out post. Most of the high areas have open pine, cedar and juniper forest with largely bare rock in between. After the walk there was a lunch in a tavern in the Agros which was excellent with lots of courses, a so called meze. One participant had a birthday and a good time was had by all. Since it was Sunday it was full of locals as well as foreign tourists.
Unfortunately because of a cold I missed the other walk in the Agros area (32), which was a pity because the group saw more flowers including several orchids. The route was between the two frescoed churches of Stavros tou Agiasmati (21) and Panagia tou Araka (19).