09:30 am - Everyone meets at old (upper) Klima by main car road. Father Kallianos (if nothing comes up for him) will guide us as we begin our exploration of upper Klima and continue to the church Agioi Anargyroi at lower Klima.
10:15 Arrive Agioi Anargyroi – surrounded by mountains to our right and left, the magical view of the Aegean in front of us and the old church with upper Klima in the background, we take a short break to refresh ourselves and have our snacks. Father Kallianos talks to us about lower Klima and the village church. Tom shows baptismal and parents wedding photos of area in the 1940’s and 50’s. Point out path that leads to Katakalou and Loutraki. Tom will give a brief reminder how to set waypoints and how to navigate path with smartphone.
11:00 am - Continue on the path to Mahala passing next to the opening of the ground created by the catastrophic earthquake of 1953. Along the way we will be identifying plants, flowers and trees (Click Here to see Dr. Sue Warren’s blog) clearing parts of the path, and enjoying the views.
12:00 noon – Continue and arrive Neraki (water spring) Mahala. We’ll be greeted by a few who have homes here Despina, Kostas, Mihalis, Maggie, Tom, Marlene and Jim. We’ll help them carry their water supply to their nearby home. In-turn we’ll be offered refreshments and a traditional treat, rest and have a short conversation with them about life in Mahala.
12:25 – Continue on to Glossa. This is the final leg of our hike about 5 – 10 minutes.
12:45 - Buses depart for Neo Klima.
All Day - Kalderimi Glossa to Loutraki mainly a work clearance hike
Amongst its many undertakings for sustainable development and the rediscovery of useful traditional occupations, the Sporades Center, also offers the program "Learn to work with stone". In this comprehensive program, renowned island craftsmen, from the old stone masons, will convey how to work with stone and enthusiastically express the centuries old knowledge received from their fathers. The Sporades Center gives you the opportunity to train as a master stone mason or to learn to work with stone for your pleasure.
The program’s objective, in addition to the dissemination of traditional knowledge to locals and visitors, is the repair and restoration of as many as possible island stone structures.Our bridges, fountains and xerolithies (dry-stone structures), which now lie in ruins, give beauty to our landscape, reminiscent of our civilization and are worth restoring to their original beauty.