Height: 290m. (Mileon train station) – 485m. (Vizitsa)
Road marking: red marks
Drinkable water during the trip: yes
This is a beautiful uphill walk on a cobbled path going from Milies station to Vizitsa and lasting half an hour (return trip). It can also serve as a connection for the tracing of two circular routes. The first and the longer of the two (Milies –Vizitsa –Kala Nera –Milies, lasting about 3.5 hrs) comes down from Vizitsa to Kala Nera and returns to Milies via the path. The second (Milies –Vizitsa –stop Argireika –Milies, ab. 2.5hrs) also comes down the path from Vizitsa to Kala Nera, meets the train tracks at Argireika, and back to the station alongside the train tracks.
Walking away from the Milies railway station towards Volos along the rail track, we soon cross a little bridge over a stream, and after 80m we come to an uphill path turning right. After a little while, the road forks; the path on the right goes down, crosses over the stream and ends up as a paved road in front of the station. So an alternative route could start here. We carry on our climb along a mapped out partly cobbled path, which turns into a beautiful cobbled path as we go on. On our left is the large stream valley with the apple orchards. High up we can see the white painted chapel of the Holy Cross and if we stare closely below it, we will be able to make out the tiny chapel of the Taxiarches built in a recess of the steep rock. Farther up, the cobbled path becomes a plain path for a few meters leading to the asphalt road going to Argireika. We cross over and continue on the other side of the road, along a narrow dirt road. We pass a church and a cemetery on the right. After 5mns of walk, we see on the right the continuation of the cobbled path that rises steeply, goes by a drinking fountain and a church, and soon ends up at Vizitsa asphalt road , next to the ”Pai Keros” coffee shop, 100m. from the parking space, at the bus road bend.
In order to resume the circular route I mentioned before, we go up the asphalt road, past the parking space, with the village church of Agia Paraskevi on our left. The downhill cobbled path to Kala Nera passes in front of the church. At the first crossroads we turn left and then right. A little farther down, the path stops. It was here that an extensive landslide took place, in 1994, sweeping away a lot of stones and soil. Following the red marks, we walk a few meters to the left, and then go down to the right on a dirt road-path which takes us back to the cobbled path. We walk a concrete bridge, at a very beautiful spot, over a stream which turns into a torrent, at springtime. The cobbled path becomes a narrow dirt road that joins the asphalt road to Argireika.. We take this road which slopes uphill, go past the chapel of the Holy Cross and then we come to some steps on the right leading us to the cobbled path. As this is half covered with vegetation, we are forced to walk in a parallel path next to it, for a while. We pass the water reservoir on the right, we cross some dirt roads as we go down the path through olive groves and houses of the Argireika settlement, and end up at the rail tracks after walking the arch bridge crossing over them. If we resume the downhill cobbled path we join the main asphalt road at Kala Nera. A little farther to the left is the Tsitsilianio Hospital and starting point of the route Kala Nera – Milies. Here we start on our way back. If we walk along the train track to the left (east) we will reach the Milies station in about 45mns, having crossed the famous iron bridge, the so-called De Kiriko’s Bridge, which, however, was in reality built by the German engineer Schneider.
Having come to the bridge, it is worth paying a respectful visit to the chapel of Taxiarches on the rock. The narrow path on the left will lead us there. The path forks twice, and each time we take the way to the left going up the rock. We climb up some stone steps. A narrow passage in a recess of the rock will take us up to the chapel in 5 mns (those who suffer from acrophobia had better avoid the climb). The chapel stands silent and serene perched on the edge of the precipitous rock, in the sole company of birds, awaiting to hear the whistle of the train passing down below.