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Hiking and picnic at Aristaios

Aegean Islands

Kea / Tzia

Duration

5 h

Availability

Up to 20 persons

Guided Tour

Up to 50 persons

Overnight Stay

Not provided

Active Months

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

In the fertile ravine of Mylopotamos on the island of Kea, also called Tzia, our family cultivates and produces a large variety of delicious handmade products using traditional recipes. At the Aristaios store customers will find fresh fruit and vegetables from our gardens, wild capers, and caper leaves, local olive oil and olives, the local wine of mavroudi variety and tsipouro, as well as handmade trahana and pasta from acorn flour. You will also find a variety of traditional liqueurs such as the liqueur of basil, as well as many kinds of fruit in syrup and marmalades. Do not miss the ‘on-the-spoon sweets’, especially the one made with “ampourkouna” figs. Also not to be missed are our sun-dried tomatoes and sun-dried figs, wild island herbs, spatholado, and its wax cream (for burns and injuries) and, of course, thyme honey and pasteli. You can also find local cheeses like kopanisti, xerotyri, and xinotiri, handmade sausages, and louza, fresh wood-oven baked paximadia and pita, as well as books about the island’s history and folklore.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Immerse yourself in a hiking adventure like no other as you tread upon the ancient footpaths that wind through Kea’s captivating landscapes. These meticulously mapped trails not only lead you to hidden historical treasures but also serve as storytellers, whispering tales of bygone eras as you venture forward. Traverse these pathways and witness the remnants of a majestic past, where ancient monuments come to life and ignite your imagination.

As you embark on your journey to Karthea, an archaeological gem nestled amidst breathtaking vistas, the anticipation builds with each step. Picture yourself surrounded by pristine nature, with the gentle melody of rustling leaves and the distant crashing of waves accompanying your hike. The path leads you closer to the whispers of history, and as you reach your destination, the awe-inspiring ruins of Karthea stand before you like guardians of the past.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. Kea invites you to indulge in a moment of blissful relaxation on the sun-kissed beach, where a well-deserved picnic awaits. Lay out a blanket upon the golden sands, and savor a delightful assortment of local products that reflect the island’s culinary heritage. From artisanal cheeses and olives to freshly baked bread and juicy fruits, each bite transports you deeper into the essence of Kea.

Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the refreshing sea breeze as you unwind in this idyllic setting. Dive into the crystal-clear waters and let the sea embrace you in its embrace, offering respite and rejuvenation. With a backdrop of ancient ruins and the endless blue horizon, this beachside picnic becomes a moment frozen in time, forever etched in your memory.

Kea’s allure lies not only in its ancient footpaths and historical marvels but also in its ability to blend adventure with relaxation, culture with nature. Let your senses be captivated as you immerse yourself in the harmonious symphony of history, gastronomy, and the stunning surroundings. A hike to Karthea and a picnic on the beach becomes a gateway to a world where time stands still and the beauty of Kea unfolds in all its splendor.

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