1718 – Monopatia

mono 1Many footpaths (monopatia) are unfortunately replaced by dirt roads. But there are still many to choose from.  The photo’s are from 2009 till 2015.mon 0 vatopNear Vatopedi in the direction of Esfigmenou. One of the nicest examples of a footpath on the Athonite peninsula.
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Crossing bridges such as here near Panteleimonos and between Iviron and Karyes.
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Near Lavra. From Lavra to the harbour of the monastery the old path suddenly ends because  of a dirt road. The end of the path is reinforced with concrete apparently to avoid that the stones will shift or will be washed away by rain water.
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Monopatia in summer and winter.
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On the path Chilandariou – Sografou the thick vegetation forms a sort of tunnel.
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Walking up and down the mountain.
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Path crossing the stone avalanche near skite Anna and a path near Kaliagra.
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Coming from the tower of Kaliagra (in the background) the path reaches the beach as we are walking in the direction of Stavronikita.
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Near Sografou.
The Friends of Mount Athos have very useful chart of many different Mount Athos walking routes. For the real monopatia aficionado there is this video: more then one hour the footpath beginning at arsanas Simonas Petras ending at Dionysiou.

Herman Voogd

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