Kalo mina! I was in Nimborio on Saturday afternoon. I walked from home in the village, down the Katarraktis (ο καταρράκτης) to the back of Yialos, and then joined the road heading up the hill. It’s not too much of a climb, though there’s not a lot of shade and it was very hot.
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On the path to Nimborio, looking back towards Horio[/caption]
At the top of the hill I took the path between the cemetery on the left and the farm on the right and headed out over the top. If you’re coming to Symi and want to try the walk, you find the road/slope from the left hand side (south side) of the town square, pass by Iapitos apartments/hotel and the Grace Hotel, both on the left, and simply follow the road up.
The path you then follow has been paved, apart from a small section near the middle where it feels like someone said, ‘Oh hell, we’ll do it tomorrow’ and then forgot to come back. But it’s all very walkable and not hard work at all but again, not a great deal of shade. Some lovely views though, and if you do head up that way, make sure to stop and look behind you. Neil has much better photos of this view in his shop, I was using my underwater, all-purpose camera, which is fine, but not as good as his. Once you have been sure not to miss that view, keep on along the path and you will come to the church of St George on your left. From the village to here took me 30 minutes, going slowly.
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In the courtyard at the church[/caption]
The church courtyard is usually open here and you can slip the bolt on the gate and pull back the latch and let yourself in. The church itself is usually locked, but there is good shade under the tree and lots more good views down to Nimborio. I was helping out at a wedding there on Saturday and, after the event, I headed on down towards the sea. You come onto the old donkey path this way and it zigzags down the hill to join the coast road. There you can go left towards the new beach, the kantina, and on and around to the end of the road and the taverna with sunbeds.
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Walking back along the coast road[/caption]
Or, you can do as I did, and walk back along the coast road. This starts off with another steep-ish incline, but not for long, and then you’re up on the same level and it’s easy walking (shade thing again) with great views of the sea. The road is now made up and there is a path which you can walk on (single file), though there’s no barrier between you and the drop on the other side; it’s not a long way down but those of us with balance issues might find it hard to look at the view and keep on the narrow pavement at the same time. I stepped off and onto the road when I wanted to walk and look out to sea, just to save myself from going over the edge.
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An old gun emplacement (I assume) by the road[/caption]
There are some great houses along the edge of the coast here, small, usually, but well looked after and tucked down almost out of sight. There are some fishermen’s huts and, I assume, summer bathing huts too. And now there are paths created to take you down to the sea, there care a couple of areas where you can sunbathe and swim, no facilities though, and not very much room, but nice and peaceful. Carrying on you eventually come to Nos Beach (Paradise Beach apparently) with its taverna, sunbed, shade, jetty, water feature, fun park, pedalos and other ‘must have’ attractions, and then down the hill and into Harani.
Where the old iconic hull of Lazy Days might fast be seeing its last days. I snapped a couple of seconds of video, SFX supplied by the church, and got this video for you. After doing that I wandered on, around the road, through the boatyard, to the clock tower, just as the ‘Spanos’ was coming in taking lots of folk away and dropping off a few more, and ended my afternoon with a drink at Elpida’s café. It seemed appropriate as I’d left Agapitos at the church where he had also been helping with the wedding. And that was my Saturday afternoon.