From Kochilou to Chora – 12th maintenance hiking 2022
Text: Anna kalatzi
Photographs: Maria Lambriadou, Sofia Stalmpoutzi
Translation in English: Violandi Vratsanou
On Saturday, the 10th of December, with a south wind clouding the sky of Andros the 12th care hike took place on part of route 3, which connects the bay of Korthi with Chora. This route was the main artery, which – many years before the use of the motorway – served exclusively the transfer of the inhabitants of the bay of Korthi and the villages of this area, in order to go to Chora for their purchases or the handling of their affairs, but also of the pupils of the Gymnasium in order to attend the sixth grade Gymnasium of Chora, which until about 50 years ago was the only one in Andros. The recollections of the old people bring to mind the people of an other period more difficult but more riding on mules or on foot, the crossing of the fertile valley with its well-formed terraces and water mills, about which many stories and legends have been created and circulated.
We started our route from the village of Kochylou, which has an incredible view down to the bay of Korthi and up to the Pano Kastro (which we unfortunately failed to visit – for technical reasons – as scheduled). We started walking on the well-preserved terrain from the Francocracy, an example of the significant use of this hiking trail over the centuries, and in a short time, while we crested the mountain, we took the descent to Dipotamata . The intense relief of the landscape , with the watermills still standing along the riverbed and the arched bridge with its rich flora, testify the intense agricultural activity of the past . Also remarkable are the impressive rock formations on the slopes of the mountain, which form natural shelters for the fauna of the area.